Consumer electronics show opens in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — It’s just possible that the next major high-technology craze is lurking in one of the cavernous meeting rooms that house the International CES, the nation’s largest consumer electronics show. But nobody here seems to know what that major breakthrough will be. And that’s bad news for an industry beset by saturated markets and slumping revenues.

“We’re awaiting that next phase of innovation,” said Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis for the Consumer Electronics Association, which sponsors the event.

Maybe it’ll come from our cars, kitchen appliances, and other mundane devices that are suddenly being stuffed with microprocessors and digital radios. A host of companies are trying to build “the Internet of things,” a world in which practically every commonplace object contains digital intelligence.

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