International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — What is it Anyway?

Posted on January 7, 2012 by


This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place from January 10-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and World Trade Center (LVCC)/Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. With over 48,000 exhibitors in 2011, this year’s CES is sure not to disappoint. This is an article to explain what the CESis and why thereis always such a big hype for the show.

The International Consumer Electronics Show — better knownas the CES — is a major technological trade show that is held each year inJanuary at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is in Las Vegas, Nevada,US.  This is where all the tech geekscome to experience firsthand the newest and latest technologies, usually becausethis is where many different companies announce their newest line-up and/ornever before seen technologies for the year to come.  Thisshow isn’t only a place where we can see companies demonstrate the latest tech,but for companies to unveil it.  (For ashort list of major unveilings, scroll down.) This year, the CES will takeplace January 10-13.

Brief History:
The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City.  Eventually, however, as the show grew bigger, CES started to be held twice a year. Once in January in Las Vegas,known as the Winter Consumer Electronics Show, and then once in June inChicago, known as the Summer Consumer Electronics Show.  However, the Chicago show was losing itspopularity, so the organizers decided to experiment with which city and month to host the show. Finally in 1998, the show changed to what it istoday.  The CES took the once-a-yearformat in which Las Vegas was the official location.

Some Very Notable Product Introductions at Past CES
Motorola Xoom, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Droid Bionic,Motorola Atrix 4G (2011)
3D TVs (2011)
OLED TV (2009)
Blu-ray Disc (2004)
HD DVD (2004)
Xbox (2001)
DVR (1999)
HDTV (1998)
DVD(1996)
Tetris (1988)
NES- the original Nintendo (1985)
CD  (1981)
Camcorder (1981)
Pong (1975)
VCR (1970)

What are you looking forward to at this year’s CES?

The long list of anticipated products this year include LG’s introduction of ”World’s Largest OLED TV.”

See: The Future of TV is OLED and LG is Leading the Pack

Although we won’t physically be at CES this year TheTechUpload will have all the latest news and info from this years CES as it happens, so stay tuned!


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