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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held every year to highlight the latest and greatest technology of today and tomorrow. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, CES moves into Las Vegas for one week every January, with over 3,000 exhibitors using 1.85 million square feet of exhibit space and over 150,000 show attendees – and it’s not open to the public.

There is a history of technology debuted at CES becoming mainstays, if temporary, of everyday American life (VCRs, CDs, Xbox, HDTV, DVDs to name a few). So the odds are good that whatever shows up at CES, will migrate into our households.

Here’s a small glimpse of some of this year’s highlights.

Big, Bigger, Biggest?

Televisions are always a keystone of the exhibitions at CES.  All the major manufactures are well represented by large, elaborate display booths and trying to one up each other in screen size. Eighty-four inch TVs were the biggest of most companies, but wanting to be a cut above, Samsung brought a 110” prototype TV.  There were no details as to availability of the 110” monster, but an 85”version is expected to go on sale this year. Read more.

Soggy Smartphone?

Smart phones are getting bigger and bigger, while our hands remain the same size. This is slowly increasing the amount of time our phones are slipping, sliding, and otherwise falling out of said hands.

Many of us have protected our phones with cases of varying sorts, but what happens if you dropped the phone into a puddle or sink full of water? Liquipel has the answer. This Santa Ana, California based company has created a “nanocoating” that seals your phone against water up to 3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes. The coating process takes about 30 minutes and costs $59.95. Read more and visit the manufacturer.

My Refrigerator is Smarter than I am

Along with giant TVs, Samsung also brought a “smart” refrigerator to CES 2013.

Featuring four equal size doors (picture a side by side fridge with the doors split in half horizontally), a triple cooling system with two compressors and three evaporators, a suite of sensors, and a 10” tablet PC. (Yes, a tablet PC.) The tablet is the “brain” of the fridge, taking the data from all those sensors and adjusting the cooling of the fridges various compartments to keep your food fresher longer. 

Aside from the brain, the best part of this “smart” fridge is that it has a dual purpose compartment that can alternate between fridge and freezer, allowing you to maximize your storage capacities. Read more.

iPotty for iPad

Yes there really is an iPotty for iPad. It looks exactly like you’re imagining. A child’s plastic training potty (in bright green, white, and orange colors) with an extra bit off the front which will house an iPad.

Really.

The iPad is secured in a plastic housing and there is a sheet of clear plastic that covers the screen for “splash” protection.

The seat itself doesn’t include a specific app, but there are several toilet training apps available in the App Store that parents can choose from. According to manufacturer CTA Digital, the idea is to use the iPad to keep children entertained so they’ll stay on the potty. Read more.

From these you have a sample of how far and wide the field of technology presented at CES spans. For more CES coverage see CNET’s Best of Show and Wired Magazine.

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