There will be 140,000 CES attendees in Las Vegas this weekend and thousands of vendors begging them not to let what happens stay there. Begun in 1967, the great big Consumer Electronics Show is the granddaddy of battery culture, and a must-stop tour event for everything from toothbrushes to tablets. Magically, large segments of the $186 billion-a-year American gadget market seem to float above the surface of currently viscous economy, like the flotsam it eventually becomes.
Stay tuned. The most titillating news—and biggest buzz—from last year’s show was the bold entry of condom king, Trojan, into the very electronic, strictly consumer, previously closeted vibrator market. It’s estimated at $1 billion.