The BBC writes:
"More than 140,000 people are expected in Las Vegas for the start of the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday.
The latest in gadgets and home electronics will be on display, as technology firms hope to ride out a global economic slowdown.
"The industry has to brace itself," admitted Gary Shapiro, president of the US Consumer Electronics Association.
Microsoft boss Bill Gates opens the show with a speech on Sunday, which will focus on social technologies.
"My feeling is that the US is in for tough times," said Mr Shapiro. "