Every year, CES is the go-to place for companies that want to showcase new technologies. It is like a science fair but on a global scale. As an innovator, it is the ultimate place where you want to display your new software or technological product. Let us get to know more about CES and see what it has in store for us in the future.
What is CES?
CES is owned by the Consumer Technology Association. It stands for Consumer Electronics Show. It helps inventors and innovators grow their businesses.
When we say CES, what we are actually referring to is a technology event that happens annually. It is an event where the world’s biggest brands show their new products—provided that the product has something to do with technology.
In essence, this is where you as a technology developer want your product to end—for other businesses to see it so they can either give you funding or buy it. In the early days of the software programs, it was not unusual to see programmers display what their engines could do for games, and it is likely that big companies like VulkanBet found their business partners in events like this.
Brief History of CES
The first event happened back in 1967 in New York City. Back then, there was what was called the Chicago Music Show, and CES was a spinoff of that.
The event in 1967 had 17,500 attendees. There were over 100 exhibitors, and the event speaker was the Chairman of Motorola. There were years when CES was held twice a year.
Product Categories of CES
Technology knows no bounds, and it is not possible for us to list all the categories here. However, there are a few notable ones that we want to highlight. These are:
- 3D printing – a kind of printer that prints an actual object not just ink on paper.
- IoT – the internet of things: you can showcase any product that uses the internet to give you access and control, such as light bulbs that you can control with a mobile app.
- AR/VR – types of wearable technologies that use augmented reality and virtual reality. This technology is not only for games.
- AI – programs that use artificial intelligence to function, such as algorithms.
The CES event is also a place where you can find new developments for robotics, drones, appliances, renewable energy, and so much more. Pretty much, there is no limit to the kind of product that you can find in the show. For as long as it is technologically innovative, it will qualify.
Products Launched in CES
With over 50 years in existence, there should be some notable products that went through the show, right? Yes, there are products that were first unveiled here, and we list some of them below.
- Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970 – a system where people could record videos from the TV and store them on what is called VCR tapes.
- Laserdisc Player, 1974 – a disc player that uses a disc where music and videos are stored as digital data.
- Camcorder and Compact Disc Player, 1981 – a handheld camera that was sold commercially. It allowed people to make home-made videos for their birthdays.
- Compact Disc – Interactive, 1991 – a new version of the laserdisc; this is what we now know as CD, which paved the way for DVD and Blu-Ray discs.
- High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998 – this gave birth to the HD that we have now—super crisp and clear images on television and games.
- Plasma TV, 2001 – plasma TV is a thinner type of television where manufacturers use small cells with ionized gas.
Some of the most recent innovations seen in CES are 3D printers and wearable technologies. Virtual Reality devices, 4K resolution games and screens were also launched in the show.
CES in the Future
CES 2022 is down the road and will take place in Las Vegas. Because of the pandemic, the show will be digital. Because of this, it would be easier for people from around the world to access it. There is no need to book a ticket and a hotel to attend it.
As of now, there are companies confirmed to join the event. Here are some of them:
- HP and Intel
- LG Electronics
There are many more like Samsung, Verizon, and Sony. For 2022, there are several categories that we are looking forward to, like 3D printing. There is confirmation that three companies will show their 3D printing devices during the event.
There are also companies that manufacture drones, such as Autel Robotics, Stampede and Sublue Underwater AI. Companies that are looking forward to a new drone fleet, including photographers and professional videographers, can expect to see new models here.