top-trends-1-3dThe Consumer Electronics Show drew more than 120,000 attendees and 5,000 press to Las Vegas in the first week of January.

That compares to about 113,000 attendees and 4,000 press the year before. That’s an indicator of a solid recovery in the technology industry. It also shows that CES remains the biggest global platform for launching new products in the technology ecosystem. Official audited numbers will be available later this year.

Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts the show every year, said that more companies are signing up for next year’s show every day. We can attest that there was plenty of news to write about, as VentureBeat published scores of stories during the event. About 2,500 companies displayed more than 20,000 new products. Tablets, eBook readers, and 3-D TV stole the show.

The show’s peak year for attendance was 2006, when there were 152,203 attendees. The peak year for exhibitors was 2008, when there were 3,072 companies. Be sure to check out our picks for the best products of CES 2010 and our post on the top trends at CES.