CES 2011 Kicks Off: 10 Pivotal Products From The Past Consumer Electronics Shows (PHOTOS)

01/04/2011 04:17 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CES 2011 starts Thursday in Las Vegas, with a world of new and potentially exciting products just around the corner.

The Consumer Electronics Show has a history of unveiling some of the most important products of our time, from the VCR to HDTVs. While some of the most astounding products may be admired, and others may never see the light of day, CES often provides the public with something they eventually can't imagine living without.

Here's a list of 10 hits that made a mark on consumers from 40 years of past CES history.

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