The world’s leading showcase for new technologies, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is celebrating 50 years of its existence in 2017. Since its launch in 1967. The world’s biggest technology showcase kicks off in Las Vegas on 5 January 2017.
From the camcorder and the CD player to the Xbox and the plasma TV, some of the best-known technologies of all time have debuted at CES, and some of the most famous industry figures have given keynotes, including Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Elon Musk.
The first CES kicked off in 1967, with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees gathered in New York City. Since then, CES has grown by more than 10-fold and now encompasses both traditional and non-traditional tech industries. In 2016, CES attracted 3,886 exhibitors and 177,393 attendees and covered more than 2.48 million square feet of exhibition space.
2017’s show promises to be even bigger. Although many technology companies such as Apple and Google now run their own events, consumer tech giants like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic continue to use CES to unveil their latest TVs, smartphones, and home appliances.
CES 2017 officially runs from Thursday, January 5th to Sunday, January 8th. However, products will start to be unveiled from Monday, January 2nd, with many of the big product announcements being made during the press days on Tuesday, January 3rd and Wednesday, January 4th.