The 2013 International CES conference brought together 140,000 people to look at the next big thing in consumer electronics. Mobile payments played a small part, but it was mostly about the technologies that make mobile payments possible.
The 2013 International CES show was at the Las Vegas Convention Center with satellite locations at several casinos. The annual event ran this year from January 7-12, 2013.
The logistics of getting 140,000 people around the various events and hotels was a mammoth undertaking, but it gave visitors a glimpse of the new consumer technologies from TVs, to car stereos to mobile devices.
Among the handset manufacturers, Samsung showed off its offerings including its flagship Galaxy S III, arguably the best smartphone on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII features a number of technologies including NFC.
Samsungs Note "phablet" also comes with NFC to handle file exchange.
A few uses for tablets, for instance creating "Tablet Man," weren't quite as practical -- for payments or anything else.
The most obvious demonstration of mobile payments? The horde of food trucks surrounding the Las Vegas Convention Center all accepted credit and debit cards from hungry conventioneers using mobile POS solutions like Square.