Can't wait until January to experience the excitement of CES?

The world's biggest electronics show has just unveiled interactive maps of the 2009 exhibition so you can wander around in a techno-daze without ever leaving your laptop.

The floor plans will be updated regularly until the show opens on January 8 next year.

Will Sony have a bigger stand than Samsung? Is it a long walk from Steve Ballmer's Microsoft key note to the loos? All these burning questions and more are yours to discover as you get lost in a virtual maze of Taiwanese companies selling identical solar-powered GPS units.

Fade to grey

New to the Consumer Electronics Show in 2009 will be a Silvers Summit area, chasing the rapidly shrinking pensions of America's 78 million ageing Baby Boomers, and Kids @ Play, a zone dedicated to entertaining the world's goggle-eyed technoliterate offspring.

Regular visitors to CES will be pleased to hear that amid all this innovation, some things remain the same: digital imaging, wireless and gaming will retain their own dedicated areas, and hotel rooms and other, ahem, service-oriented organisations in Sin City are looking forward to doubling their rates for the annual influx of over-excited geeks.