Pandemic-weary Americans are hoping that 2022 will bring an end to COVID-19 fears, regulations and economic woes. The Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is ready for that — while still hedging its bets. The association said on Wednesday (April 28) in a press release that the show will go on next year — in Las Vegas, from Jan. 5-8.
The association said that “following a successful all-digital CES 2021,” it will host the big show both “in-person and digitally, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as the world’s most influential leaders and industry advocates.”
“We’re thrilled to return to Las Vegas — home to CES for more than 40 years,” said Gary Shapiro, the association’s president and CEO. “Hundreds of executives have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, reach media and discover innovation.”
The 2020 CES drew more than 171,000 attendees, 4,419 exhibitors and 6,517 members of the media, the association said. “Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it’s just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person,” Shapiro said when officially canceling the in-person event.
The online version of CES showcased telecoms’ rollout of the 5G high-speed wireless service. “We’re not slowing down,” said Kyle Malady, chief technology officer for Verizon. “We’re rolling out new services to more customers, continuing the digital transformation Verizon has been driving.”
Some 1,000 companies have committed to hawk their wares at CES 2022, the release said. “Attendees can expect to see global brands including Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Daimler AG, Dell, Google, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Sony. Companies including Caterpillar, Indy Autonomous Challenge and Sierra Space are planning to make a Las Vegas debut in 2022.”
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