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Digging for green at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

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People sample a 3M Touch Systems 46-inch PCT-display demonstrating the scalability of projective capacitive technology at CES Unveiled, ahead of the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The world of technology has descended on Las Vegas to ogle the latest and greatest gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (better known as the CES), not exactly the bastion of environmentalism or sustainability. Showcasing everything from household appliances to children’s toys, anything and everything that can be plugged in, charged up and do something is on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center floor, packed with exhibitors, retailers and credentialed electro-groupies.

Of course, some concession to conservation has to be made amidst this orgy of energy. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) who put on the event have created the “Sustainable Planet Zone”, an area specifically for companies that produce environmentally sound products and services. But according to critics at the show, it’s not much to talk about.