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What is CES?

If you’re a tech-geek or like to keep tabs on all new developments in this industry, you must be familiar with CES. It is an annual trade show that has been going on since June 24th, 1967. CES attracts thousands of attendees from all corners of the world and is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.


About CES 

CES is an acronym for Consumer Electronics Show. It is an annual event organized by the Consumer Technology Association with more than 4,500 exhibiting companies. Brands from all arms of the consumer technology industry participate in this exhibition.CES attracts hardware manufacturers, software developers, technology delivery system developers, etc. It doesn’t just attract businesses, but also industry heavyweights like Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai, etc.

Brands use this event as a public product launch/showcase platform, which means it also attracts tech journalists, vloggers, and influencers. Over 182,000 people from 160 countries attend the event and participate in 250 unique conference sessions. Both traditional and non-traditional tech products are showcased at CES.


A Brief Look At CES History

This event started as a spinoff from another event called the Chicago Music Show. It often doubled as a platform for tech companies to show off their consumer electronic products. In June 1967, organizers created a separate event at NYC, inviting over 100 companies to set up exhibitions. This first show was a definite success, drawing around 17,500 tech enthusiasts from all over the U.S.  Bob Galvin, who helmed Motorola from 1959-1986, was the kick-off speaker at the event.

Between 1978 and 1994, CTA organized two distinct shows every year-the winter CES at Las Vegas and summer CES at Chicago. Both shows thrived for a few years before the latter started to fall behind. Organizers eventually scrapped their two-show format and stuck with an annual Las Vegas wintertime CES. This event has been a steady success ever since.


Product Categories

CES has always showcased different kinds of tech products from various sub-categories. You can find everything from the latest laptops and mobile phones to sophisticated self-driving vehicles. Here’s a look at all product categories:

  • Robotics
  • Virtual Reality
  • Software and Applications
  • Gaming
  • Video Technology
  • Wearable Devices
  • Sensors and Biometric Devices
  • Telecommunication
  • Wireless Services
  • Wireless Devices
  • Travel and Leisure-Related Technologies
  • Digital Health
  • Computer Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Accessibility
  • Cloud Services
  • Home Computing
  • Cyber Security and Digital Privacy
  • Drones
  • Digital Imaging
  • Fitness
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Mobile Payments/Digital Finance
  • Education
  • 3D Printing
  • High-Performance Audio
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Content
  • Smart Homes and Cities
  • Sports Technologies
  • Sustainable/Green Technologies
  • Lifestyle-Related Technology

These are just some of the many categories showcased at CES. Each year, innovative companies bring something new, experimental, and unique to the show. The event organizers present awards to companies showcasing unique products while providing them a large platform that encourages innovation. If you love exploring new products, gather a group of fellow tech geeks and head to Las Vegas. Book group transportation so you can all reach the Las Vegas Convention Center on time.


Technologies Introduced

CES has introduced several influential technologies over the years. Some of them have changed the way we live. Examples of these technologies include:

  • Videocassette Recorder
  • Digital Versatile Disk (DVD)
  • High Definition Television (HDTV)
  • Microsoft Xbox and Plasma TV
  • Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices
  • Smart Appliances
  • 3D Printers
  • Wearable Technologies
  • And so much more

If you want to attend CES, it is a good idea to arrange transportation in advance. That way, you don’t have to deal with traffic or parking issues while visiting the popular venue. AWG Ambassador provides transportation for all kinds of tradeshows and events so you can travel comfortably.

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