Consumer Electronics Show

The International Consumer Electronics Show ( CES) is one of the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics. It takes place annually in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center ( LVCC ) in Las Vegas. The CES usually lasts four days (2014 from 7 to 10 January). The doors remain locked for normal visitors; Intake is only invited guests such as industry experts, journalists and divisions insiders. Organizer is the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA ), a trade organization for electronic consumer products in the United States.

Many well-known manufacturers in the electronics industry presented in Las Vegas announced new products or innovations. Therefore, the CES is considered the first indicator of where the consumer electronics could develop as the year progresses.



The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show instead, the then largest consumer fair for electronic devices. The first event had 17,500 visitors and more than 100 exhibitors. It was opened by the Motorola board member Bob Galvin.

From 1978 to 1994, the fair was held twice a year, when Winter Consumer Electronics Show ( WCES ) in January in Las Vegas and as Summer Consumer Electronics Show ( SCES ) in June in Chicago. During the Winter CES remained successful mid-1990s, the Summer CES lost considerable interest. As of 1995, there were several attempts to achieve by changing the venues attract more attention, which ultimately proved unsuccessful.

A selection of products and technologies at CES - in some cases for the first time - were presented:

From 1998

Since 1998, the CES takes place in Las Vegas once a year.

2012 Microsoft took part for the last time at CES. According to the company the appointment does not fit into the corporate planning and the future one wishes to communicate more about alternative ways such as Facebook or Twitter. Although the recent CES were record years 2006 and 2008 slightly exceeded with 153,000 visitors and 3,100 exhibitors in 2012, but the industry is generally expected to decline in importance of the fair.

A selection of products and technologies at CES - in some cases for the first time - were presented: