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Las Vegas StripLAS VEGAS — CES 2016 is here.

The annual Super Bowl of technology — also known as the Consumer Electronics Show — kicks off this week and Team GeekWire is here in Vegas equipped with comfortable walking shoes, extra battery packs, and lots of Vitamin C as we embed ourselves within the circus known as CES.

ces1Our goal over the next few days will be to provide you with information about all the latest innovations being shown off here by companies both big and small — some of which may be in your car or home next year, but others that may never hit the mainstream.

We’ll be focusing on topics relevant to 2016, like autonomous cars, smart homes, wearables, virtual reality, drones, and more that will be front-and-center at this year’s show. We’ll hear keynote speeches from top tech execs like Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who will explain what new technologies we can expect from their respective companies. We’ll also be on the lookout for new PCs, tablets and smartphones.

In addition, we’ll be checking in with several Seattle-area companies expected to make news here, including Ossia, PicoBrew, Sensoria, and others.

As the person leading our new sports tech coverage at GeekWire, I’m personally excited about all the sports technology here at CES 2016. There are countless startups here showing off gadgets and software to help athletes perform better, while big names like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are scheduled to speak about how technology is changing the sports world from all angles.

The madness of CES 2015.
The madness of CES 2015.

And then there is the unexpected, which always seems to spice up CES each year. Will T-Mobile CEO John Legere crash another AT&T party? Which company will have the craziest press conference? How far will marketers go to grab the attention of media and attendees?

You may notice that tech giants like Apple and Amazon are not here officially, and Microsoft doesn’t have the big public presence here that it once did. But this is still arguably the best place to get a sense for the future of technology, all in one place over the course of a few days.

My colleagues John Cook and Kevin Lisota will be in Las Vegas with me and we are excited to have you along with us for the ride. Stay up-to-date with all our CES 2016 coverage here.

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