If you've been around consumer electronics long enough, you've probably heard of a plugfest
. These events are essentially an orgy of cross-manufacturer interoperability testing. The basic premise is that everyone uses the same standard, but the implementation of that standard isn't always perfect, so devices need to be tested. In other words, if you think something like HDMI "just works," think again - lots of testing goes into ensuring that every set-top box works with every TV, gaming console, and Blu-ray player. Just like the electronics industry has standards that play together
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A Sneak Peek at the 2013 International CES
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At the 2013 International CES, expect a stronger focus on mobile health and telemedicine solutions; a resurgence of 12-volt and other in-vehicle technologies; high-quality, cost-effective audio gear; everything tablet related; and just about any type of consumer electronic device you can think of. Hey, what would you expect with almost two million square feet of exhibition space, 3,000 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees.