“The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

“When the annual conclave kicks off next week, organizers expect more than 140,000 people — roughly the population of Syracuse, N.Y. — to descend on Las Vegas,” Svensson reports. “They will mill around 1.8 million square feet of booths and exhibits, equivalent to 31 football fields.”

“The 2,800 or so exhibitors are hoping to set the tone for the year by showing off tons of tablet computers, throngs of 3-D TVs and untold numbers of slim, light laptops called ultrabook,” Svensson reports. “But a look back at the products heavily promoted at CES in recent years reveals few successes.”

Svensson reports, “In 2009, ‘netbooks’ — tiny, cheap laptops — were a hot category at the show. They did have a good year, but interest was already waning when Apple Inc. obliterated the category with the launch of the iPad in 2010. Another big, eagerly awaited launch at the 2009 CES was Palm Inc.’s webOS…”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “SamLowry” for the heads up.]