The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is officially returning to an in-person format in Las Vegas in 2022, the Consumer Technology Association or CTA announced on Apr. 28, marking the return of the largest tech conference in the world next year.
CES is Back to In-Person Event
Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the CTA, said in an announcement that they are going to return to Las Vegas, which is known as the home to CES for more than 40 years, and they are looking forward to seeing many new and returning faces.
The CTA had always intended to return to an in-person CES in 2022. The group had already announced plans to do so in July 2020, when it announced that CES 2021 would be changing to an all-digital format because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Other major tech conferences, like IFA 2021 in the fall, are also returning to in-person events this year.
CES 2022 will be held from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, with the usual media days preceding the conference itself on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.
According to the announcement, the upcoming conference will be a hybrid of sorts, with events set to take place both physically and digitally, as per MacRumors.
Confirmed attendees will include major tech companies like AMD, Amazon, AT&T, Google, Dell, Hyundai, IBM, Lenovo, Intel, Panasonic, LG, Qualcomm, Sony, and Samsung.
The CTA added that CES 2022 will be following the CDC’s coronavirus safety guidelines, along with the state and local guidelines for Nevada and the city of Las Vegas to make sure that the event is safe for all of the attendees.
The annual trade show was virtual this year, but that does not mean that companies and manufacturers did not have anything new to offer to the table.
Half of 2020’s 4,400 exhibitors opted to join this year’s virtual show floor. The one that got the spotlight was digital health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The categories were previously considered niches, like remote monitoring, air purification, and UV disinfectants, have become near-essential items grabbing mainstream attention this year.
The BioIntelliSense BioSticker made a splash at CES this year as it allowed for recently discharged patients or those with chronic conditions to be monitored in comfort, while still allowing the doctors access to the vitals and overall health data of the patient.
Smart Home devices were also a hit at the event.
According to a recent survey data done by Realtor, 25% of Americans are more interested in smart home tech since the pandemic started, and 41% have purchased a new device. Now 57% of all Americans own at least one smart home device.
Toto’s smart toilet, LG InstaView fridge, ColdSnap Ice Cream Machine, and CareOS Themis smart mirror were some of the smart home devices that attendees were very interested in.
Aside from TVs, home gadgets, and digital health, CES also opened its doors for vehicles. Most carmakers came back to the virtual event to show their upcoming models. Some of the manufacturers that joined the event were Hyundai, GM, Chevrolet, and Tesla.
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