The average US household owns 24 consumer electronics, and the US consumer electronics industry exceeded $190 billion in sales in 2011. Most of the gadgets we own or want debuted at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES Show), the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow. It’s where the first VCR, DVD, and blu-ray players, not to mention XBox, camcorders, satellite radio, and 3D HDTVs first appeared. CES 2012 will occur January 10-13 in Las Vegas, and the largest and most influential consumer electronics manufacturers will debut prototypes of their latest projects. This international conference will be covered by everyone from tech-heavy publications to national morning shows, and offers an opportunity to honor, analyze, and enjoy America’s up-and-coming electronics.
Those who blame consumer electronics for their weight gain haven’t walked the fifteen miles of carpeted aisles at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and the Venetian hotels. The exhibit space for CES 2012 covers 1.7 million net square feet of space– the equivalent of 35 football fields. Manufacturers, retailers, engineers, corporate buyers, broadband developers, government leaders, wireless carriers, installers, the media, and satellite and cable TV providers can burn off up to 1,500 calories at Vegas CES walkway as they check out CES products.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the CES show has grown more than ten-fold since its first show in 1967 in New York City, just three years before the first VCR debuted. Now VCRs are long-gone and recent CES products include HDTVs and blu-ray players. Last year, the top CES products that debuted were Ford’s Electric Focus, the 2011 Android Honeycomb, Motorola Atrix, Smart Appliances, Connected TVs, and the Microsoft Avatar Kinect.
CES determines the retail tone that lasts several months, even years, after the conferences. For example, the IPTV (Internet protocol TV) debuted at the CES 2007 conference and ever since then, streaming dominates the scene in consumer electronics and remains a must-have feature today.
140,000 people attend the CES Show; that’s three times the number of slot machines on the Las Vegas strip. Of these people, 30,000 travel from international locations. The keynote speakers on the CES schedule for CES show 2012 include AT&T’s David Christopher, General Electric’s (GE) Beth Comstock, Facebook’s Carolyn Everson, Walmart’s Stephen Quinn, Hyundai’s Steve Shannon, and Unilever’s Keith Weed among many more CEOs of leading electronic companies.
And those speakers were just a handful of the speakers on the CES schedule. CES 2012 takes place from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. from Tuesday-Friday, and every hour of the Vegas CES features a lecture with a Vegas CES moderator and CES show 2012 panelists. The CES schedule boosts topics ranging from “Spotlight on 3D Content” to “Connect2Car: Connecting Automotive and Consumer Electronics Lifestyles” to “A Global Perspective on Retail” and hundreds more.
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