Each and every year the International Consumer Electronics Show holds the promise of amazing new gear, hundreds of product announcements, thousands of small independents showing off innovation the world has never seen and a chance to rub elbows with the industry’s top players.
The show and it’s owner and producer, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), represents the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry and is known for bringing the world’s business leaders and electronics pioneers together. The result is an amalgam of the latest technology to grace the living rooms, kitchens, cars and wrists of us all.
It’s only natural then, that the staff of Videomaker is going to be there, running from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to the other, over and over, to bring the latest news to Videomaker readers.
That’s not it, however. We want to keep everyone up to date as the show takes place. Our usual industry news will be replaced by regular posts and updates directly from the show floor. Our team of editors will be constantly reporting on the news that matters to video enthusiasts and pros.
Basically, if it gets announced, it’ll show up here first.
So, wish our editors well as they depart for Sin City. For a few short days, thousands of electronics fans and industry players will gather for what always proves to be an earth-shuddering game-changer of an event.
We might be getting a bit worked up, but it’s for good reason. The general opinion in recent years is that the consumer market isn’t as strong as it has been. We’re spending less, and manufacturers are suffering as a result.
CES 2014 proved that this wasn’t the case. It smashed records for attendance and participation. The numbers are pretty staggering. 3,200 exhibitors showed off their latest and greatest products and services across a record two million net square feet of exhibit space. 150,000 people attended CES 2014, including roughly 35,000 from outside of the U.S.
“One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way this week, as we experienced the future,” Gary Shapiro, president of the CEA, said in a statement upon CES 2014 wrapping up.
It also drew many celebrities and industry players. Included were Star Trek’s LeVar Burton, and, infamously, director Michael Bay. This year ups the ante with the addition of Nick Cannon, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Dr. Phil McGraw, Ryan Seacrest, Neil Young, and many others.
Announcements last year were focused heavily on 4K smart televisions of the curved and non-curved varieties, wearables, and further integration between consumers and their electronics. The bar was set so high that we can only guess what wonders lie within the LVCC walls.
It leaves us breathlessly awaiting our arrival to the small, heavily-populated patch of land in the desert which, for a week, will be the center of our industry’s universe.
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