Consumer Electronics Showor CES is an annual trade show organised by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Winchester, Nevada, US, the event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. Let’s read about some of the technology showcased in 2021 Consumer Electronics Show held virtually for the first time.
Global stage for innovation
CES is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES features every aspect of the tech sector.
CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.
The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City. It was a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, which, until then, had served as the main event for exhibiting consumer electronics. The event had 17,500 attenders and over 100 exhibitors. From 1978 to 1994, CES was held twice each year: once in January in Las Vegas known for Winter Consumer Electronics Show (WCES) and once in June in Chicago, known as Summer Consumer Electronics Show (SCES).
Since the summer Chicago shows were beginning to lose popularity, in 1998, the show changed to a once-a-year format with Las Vegas as the location.
CES 2021 goes digital
A digital version of the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off on January 11 virtually showcasing technology innovations from around the world as the pandemic has people relying on gadgets and the internet in their daily lives.
The extravaganza has traditionally pulled in more than 4,000 exhibitors from startups to big multinationals, with upwards of 175,000.
And although this year’s all-digital event was a significantly different experience from past shows, there was plenty of innovative tech on display. From smart toilets and disinfecting robots to transparent OLED displays and sleep tech, CES 2021 was a showcase for the latest innovations in consumer and enterprise technology.
Roboeatz (by Roboeatz)
- A robotic AI kitchen system that prepares, cooks and serves food
- 5 minutes per meal
- Total precision on ingredients amount, temperature
- Can handle up to 50 solid ingredients, 30 liquid per load
- Self-cleaning after every dish cooked
- Up to 2,000 meals per load
Cutii (by CareClever SAS)
- Designed for the care of the elderly
- Uses include communication, entertainment, monitoring and tele-consultation
Misty (Misty Robotics)
- A programmable personal robot that can be adapted to an array of different uses
- High-res cameracanrecognise faces speech skills that can be developed by programmers
- Fire monitoring
- Automated mapping
BrightDrop (by General Motors)
- An all-electric van to deliver goods and services
- Top range of high-tech features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, 360-degree cameras
- Uses custom-built motorized pallets and its own unique software ecosystem that manages everything from loading to delivery, tracking to maintenance