CES 2009 in pictures

So you've been reading all the news from CES in Vegas but we thought you might like a peek behind the scenes from the early set-up of the show to choice snaps from the big press conferences....

From Tom Hanks and Usher helping Sony spread the word about new TVs and Walkman ranges to the crowds, queues and general pandamonium, there's never a dull moment.

Just a tiny bit of the giant hotels and exhibition halls that make up CES 2009.

Usher finishes the Sony presentation...with a song.

The chairman of CES, Gary Shapiro, says he believes the consumer electronics industry will weather the storm of recession.

Er, that's a Delorean from Back To The Future. We couldn't resist jumping inside and making whooshing noises.

Tom Hanks, showing Sony prototype specs which carry a small TV picture in the lenses so you can watch real life and a movie at the same time...

The new, ultra portable Walkman close up...

We've seen weaker vistors fall asleep in the press room, adult movie stars from a nearby 'adult' convention and more TVs than our eyes can handle. 130,000 people are here at the convention, which gives you some idea of the vast scale and importance of the biggest consumer tech conference in the world.