50 Years of Consumer Electronics – CES 2017

It’s that time of year again for the biggest consumer show in the world – CES (The Consumer Electronics Show). It’s crack for us digital heads. This year CES celebrates 50 years of exhibiting gadgets and inventions. In 1980 it stretched over 10 football fields with 1400 vendors and 50 years later it has tripled in size. Tech and gadgets have become such a big part of our lives that even Las Vegas can barely host this event.

CES 2017 Dates

This year will not disappoint. You can expect to see a lot of drones, wearables, augmented reality, virtual reality, robots, smart cars, health gadgets, 3D printers, and Internet of Things objects. If you still need to register, click here. Enjoy the show and we’ll recap some hot topics after the show.

5 Decades of CES

The Beginning of CES – 1967
CES 1967

The first CES opened its doors in the summer of 1967 in New York City. Featuring 117 exhibitors showcasing technology like transistor radios, stereos and black and white televisions, CES 1967 kicked off a 50 year legacy of innovation.

CES in the 70’s

While the world was enthralled with bell-bottom pants and “The Brady Bunch,” CES moved into the 70s showing off the latest technology of the decade. TVs, turntables and stereos filled the show floor as CES grew.
One of the most beloved technologies of the 70s and 80s launched right here at CES in 1970. The VCR transformed the way we consumed video content and it all started at CES.

CES in the 80’s
CES 1980

Big Hair, Shoulder Pads and Big Tech in the 1980s.
Car stereos, cordless phones, VCR tech and early models of computers filled the CES show floor in the 1980s. Check out the exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest – you may see some familiar names!

CES in the 90’s

 The smartphone evolution begins.

2000 – CES 2016 Breaks Records.

ces drones

CES 2016 wrapped as the most expansive CES, breaking records across the board. They hosted more than 3,800 exhibitors across more than 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. The technology at the show touched every major global industry and showcased the latest wave of products and technologies. This year approximately 170,000 people will be in attendance.

Here are some videos to guide you through.

From Digital Trends.


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