Tech Show Reflects Optimism

There are conflicting signs about how good a year 2010 may be for the technology world, but attendants of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show appear to be more upbeat than last year.

A bumper crop of new products, full hotel rooms and respectable crowds at the annual technology conference here are some of the most obvious differences from the CES held in January 2009, when the recession still seemed to be deepening.

Many consumer-electronics companies reported substantial improvements in the third quarter and say business continued to improve as the year ended.

“Compared with the same time last year, we feel much better,” said Zhou Houjian, chairman of the Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense Co. Ltd., which is sending more than 80 employees to CES this year, compared with 40 last year. “We feel the U.S. economy got a lot of new energy.”

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