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<p>Twendy-One, a robot designed to help elderly and disabled people around the house, demonstrates its ability to hold delicate objects by manipulating a drinking straw between its fingers at Waseda University in Tokyo January 8, 2009. Twendy-one was designed by robotics researchers at Waseda University to have human-sized four-fingered hands cabable of picking up and holding delicate objects without crushing them.  REUTERS/Issei Kato</p>

Twendy-One, a robot designed to help elderly and disabled people around the house, demonstrates its ability to hold delicate objects by manipulating a drinking straw between its fingers at Waseda University in Tokyo January 8, 2009. Twendy-one was...more

Twendy-One, a robot designed to help elderly and disabled people around the house, demonstrates its ability to hold delicate objects by manipulating a drinking straw between its fingers at Waseda University in Tokyo January 8, 2009. Twendy-one was designed by robotics researchers at Waseda University to have human-sized four-fingered hands cabable of picking up and holding delicate objects without crushing them. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing January 8, 2009. This robot is the latest and largest development of hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, made of wire, metal, screws and nails found in rubbish sites.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing January 8, 2009. This robot is the latest and largest development of hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in...more

Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing January 8, 2009. This robot is the latest and largest development of hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, made of wire, metal, screws and nails found in rubbish sites. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Casey Harrell, international toxics campaigner for Greenpeace, poses during a news conference on "green" electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2009. Greenpeace released it's latest green products guide and also has green electronics products ranking guide on their website.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Casey Harrell, international toxics campaigner for Greenpeace, poses during a news conference on "green" electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2009. Greenpeace released it's latest...more

Casey Harrell, international toxics campaigner for Greenpeace, poses during a news conference on "green" electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2009. Greenpeace released it's latest green products guide and also has green electronics products ranking guide on their website. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>A man tries out the touch features of the new Windows 7 operating system at the Microsoft booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. Sensors in the frame of the screen detect movement so the screen does not actually have to be touched.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A man tries out the touch features of the new Windows 7 operating system at the Microsoft booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. Sensors in the frame of the screen detect movement so the screen does not actually...more

A man tries out the touch features of the new Windows 7 operating system at the Microsoft booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. Sensors in the frame of the screen detect movement so the screen does not actually have to be touched. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A display for the Sansa slotMusic Player with music on disc for the player is seen at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. SanDisk Corp unveiled the portable digital music system based on memory cards preloaded with songs, signaling a shift in its strategy to compete against the iPod. The music comes pre-loaded on 1 GB micro SD cards that can be played on any device that accepts the cards like many mobile phones.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A display for the Sansa slotMusic Player with music on disc for the player is seen at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. SanDisk Corp unveiled the portable digital music system based on memory...more

A display for the Sansa slotMusic Player with music on disc for the player is seen at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. SanDisk Corp unveiled the portable digital music system based on memory cards preloaded with songs, signaling a shift in its strategy to compete against the iPod. The music comes pre-loaded on 1 GB micro SD cards that can be played on any device that accepts the cards like many mobile phones. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A semi-transparent AMOLED screen is displayed during a media preview event at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. The screen could have a variety of applications, such as for "heads-up" displays in cars, a representative said.    REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

A semi-transparent AMOLED screen is displayed during a media preview event at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. The screen could have a variety of applications, such as for "heads-up" displays in cars, a...more

A semi-transparent AMOLED screen is displayed during a media preview event at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7, 2009. The screen could have a variety of applications, such as for "heads-up" displays in cars, a representative said. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Actor Tom Hanks wears prototype 3D glasses during Sony CEO Howard Stringer's keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Actor Tom Hanks wears prototype 3D glasses during Sony CEO Howard Stringer's keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Actor Tom Hanks wears prototype 3D glasses during Sony CEO Howard Stringer's keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp CEO speaks in front of a mock instant message from Bill Gates referring to an Adult Expo as delivers the pre-show keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp CEO speaks in front of a mock instant message from Bill Gates referring to an Adult Expo as delivers the pre-show keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009. ...more

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp CEO speaks in front of a mock instant message from Bill Gates referring to an Adult Expo as delivers the pre-show keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Nathan Kirsch tries out the Novint Technologies Falcon 3D consumer touch device, which is shaped liked a pistol, while playing "Left 4 Dead" during the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6, 2009.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Nathan Kirsch tries out the Novint Technologies Falcon 3D consumer touch device, which is shaped liked a pistol, while playing "Left 4 Dead" during the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Rick...more

Nathan Kirsch tries out the Novint Technologies Falcon 3D consumer touch device, which is shaped liked a pistol, while playing "Left 4 Dead" during the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are displayed during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The alkaline batteries, made of 92 percent recycled materials, have no mercury, cadmium and are PVC free.   REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are displayed during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The alkaline batteries, made of 92 percent recycled materials, have no mercury, cadmium and are PVC free. REUTERS/Steve...more

Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are displayed during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The alkaline batteries, made of 92 percent recycled materials, have no mercury, cadmium and are PVC free. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>A Sansa slotMusic card is shown at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A Sansa slotMusic card is shown at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A Sansa slotMusic card is shown at the SanDisk booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Show attendees photograph a phone watch by LG Electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The phone features voice dialing, a touch screen and text-to-speech technology.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Show attendees photograph a phone watch by LG Electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The phone features voice dialing, a touch screen and text-to-speech technology. REUTERS/Steve Marcus more

Show attendees photograph a phone watch by LG Electronics during the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The phone features voice dialing, a touch screen and text-to-speech technology. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Showgoers look at mobile internet device handheld computers at the Intel booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The small computers are powered by the Intel Atom chipset.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Showgoers look at mobile internet device handheld computers at the Intel booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The small computers are powered by the Intel Atom chipset. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Showgoers look at mobile internet device handheld computers at the Intel booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. The small computers are powered by the Intel Atom chipset. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Craig Barrett, Intel chairman, delivers his Technology and Emerging Countries keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Craig Barrett, Intel chairman, delivers his Technology and Emerging Countries keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Craig Barrett, Intel chairman, delivers his Technology and Emerging Countries keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A prototype 1/4" thick LED television screen is shown at the Samsung booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. No production date has been set for the screen.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A prototype 1/4" thick LED television screen is shown at the Samsung booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. No production date has been set for the screen. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A prototype 1/4" thick LED television screen is shown at the Samsung booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9, 2009. No production date has been set for the screen. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Anne Sweeney co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, speaks during an Industry Insider session at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Anne Sweeney co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, speaks during an Industry Insider session at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Anne Sweeney co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, speaks during an Industry Insider session at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>A worker is seen at the top of a power-generating windmill turbine in a wind farm in Fruges, near Saint Omer, northern France January 9, 2009. The wind farm, which has 70 power-generating 2 megawatt windmill turbines, is capable of producing 140 megawatts of green energy. That is enough to power some 150 000 households.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol</p>

A worker is seen at the top of a power-generating windmill turbine in a wind farm in Fruges, near Saint Omer, northern France January 9, 2009. The wind farm, which has 70 power-generating 2 megawatt windmill turbines, is capable of producing 140...more

A worker is seen at the top of a power-generating windmill turbine in a wind farm in Fruges, near Saint Omer, northern France January 9, 2009. The wind farm, which has 70 power-generating 2 megawatt windmill turbines, is capable of producing 140 megawatts of green energy. That is enough to power some 150 000 households. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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