LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- This year's Consumer Electronics Show is expected to be the second largest in the more than 50 years it's been around.
It's the largest consumer electronics trade show in America and this year attendance will be close to an all-out record with 140,000 people expected to attend the annual Las Vegas technology show.
CES caters to companies looking to showcase their best gadgets and companies looking to secure better deals for their customers.
News 3's Ashley Conroy was at the Las Vegas Convention Center today and tells us that a lot of companies attending CES are small businesses, and officials are saying that smaller companies are the backbone of the CES trade show.
"All of the big consumer electronics' announcements of all time have usually happened at CES... the VCR, the HD TV... the list goes on and on," said CES spokesperson Tim Doyle.
Some might look at CES and think of it as large well-known companies showing off their well-known products but for many of them, it's their first chance to show off their product.
It is a way for a technology businesses like Techbargains to learn about what is new and exciting.
"We actually have people who go constantly 24/7 searching the web for the newest deals on the latest products that you might be able to find on your store shelves," said Jeff Haynes, Techbargains, Editor.
Many companies that attend CES are small businesses looking to showcase their products or businesses looking to expand.
CES really is all about the latest and greatest technology trends today and exhibitors spend most of their time setting up at the floor of the convention center and the Venetian.
More than 20,000 products are introduced every year at CES and it's a big money maker for our local economy. About $150 million is expected to be generated this weekend as part of the show and this year the show has also grown.
Last year CES covered a total of just more than 1.6 million square feet of space. This year it is taking up 1.8 million square feet of convention space.