It’s no secret that this month’s Consumer Electronic Show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and expected to draw crowds in the hundred thousands, is one of the most important and anticipated technology events of the year. At the CES, manufacturers scramble to unveil the latest smartphones, laptops, and televisions. Experts asses these new products and offer predictions for the upcoming year. And consumers get their first up-close look at a wide range of previously rumored gadgets and devices. It’s no surprise that technology companies often see success at the CES as indicative of a profitable upcoming year.