The giant Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas showcases what could be the next big things in the world of technology.
The show attracts around 140,000 visitors and is the showcase for the world's leading tech industries.
See below for some of this year's highlights.
The BBC's Darren Waters samples the gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on a whistle-stop tour.
Our man whizzes round the world's largest technology fair, with over 20,000 products, in just three minutes.
The Microsoft chairman says touch screens will dominate PC development while answering questions from readers of the BBC News website.
Mr Gates also fielded questions about the reliability of the XBox and competition from other businesses.
'$100 LAPTOP' PROJECT FOUNDER
The founder of the $100 Laptop project has accused Intel of undermining the charity's mission of supplying energy efficient computers to developing world children.
Nicholas Negroponte says Intel's behaviour is comparable to "cheating on your spouse".
A series of electronic devices that connect together have been showcased at the show's section devoted to innovations.
Technology firm Bug Labs has created snap-together cameras, LCD screens and GPS locators.
A system providing internet access in cars is just one of many new devices designed for people on the move.
The company behind the design, US Telematics, say it is to help keep children occupied in the backseat.
RADIO FOR THE DEAF
Millions of people around the world miss out on the joys of radio because they are hearing impaired.
But a new system that translates speech radio into text has been launched and could change the market.
The world's biggest television - a 150inch HDTV - has been unveiled at the Las Vegas show.
A virtual screen that fills the walls of your house is also on display with predictions that people will all soon have this technology.
A virtual table-top, wireless HD and a new generation of webcam, can all be found in Las Vegas.
The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones looks at some of the gadgets on show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Samsung's Jermaine Anderson demonstrates a TV with three-dimensional image capability at the CES tech show.
The plasma screen changes at such a rate that it is able to produce images for the left and right eye.
DIGITAL HOME OF THE FUTURE
Network control panels, TVs linked throughout the house - is this the digital home of the future?
Rory Cellan-Jones takes a tour of type of house we could soon be living in in the digital age.
BEST GADGET AT CES
Camera memory cards that send snaps to computers using built in wi-fi have been voted best gadget at CES 2008.
Eye-fi's founder Jef Holove showed Rory Cellan-Jones how the device works and explains its popularity.