The Consumer Electronics Show: Forty-one years, still going strong

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The Consumer Electronics Show, to be held in Las Vegas January 7 to 10, 2008, is almost as formidable a tradition as good old Mr. Oscar himself. The main difference is that contestants vie for their awards quietly in booths and not in seats bedazzled by elegant designer evening attire. The nominees are all the best that modern technology can offer, and this has been the case since its inception in June of 1967 when the very first show was held in New York City on June 25 through 28 at the American and New York Hilton Hotels.

This first show boasted 110 exhibitors in 150,000 square feet and attracted some 17,500 attendees. It featured merchandising seminars, an “all-industry banquet” ($10 per person) and an industrial historical display. The very first solid-state television was introduced as well as the very latest in transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white televisions.

Some of the exhibitors for the up and coming show have been with CES since its inception. These include: LG Electronics (formerly Zenith), Motorola, Panasonic, Hitachi, Philips Consumer Electronics, and Sanyo Fisher (formerly Fisher Radio Corporation) just to name a few.

From the onset, CES has been the springboard of technology. It has grown dramatically, eight-fold, in fact, over the past four decades. It now hosts 2,700 exhibitors who proudly showcase their latest products and services to more than 140,000 attendees.

CES has been a powerful influence over industry-related legislation over the last four decades. First hand knowledge of cutting edge technology has helped to influence policy makers and subsequent legislative decisions. CES remains the foremost forum for new technology products that continue to alter the shape of the industry.

Here’s to you, CES!

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