The History of The Consumer Electronics Show and its impact on Today’s Technology
The Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES has been around for more than five decades and man has it evolved. It originated as a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show which had itself evolved into “The Place” to see new products and technology. The 1967 show in New York City was set up on 100,000 square feet and had 14 exhibitors. Fast forward to 2017 which marked the 50-year anniversary, the show spanned across 2.6 million net square feet and hosted more than 4000 exhibitors! Not only has the size of the show evolved but so has the caliber of technology! CES 2018 just ended on Friday and just like previous years, the technology showcased was beyond impressive. Let’s take a look at a brief timeline of what technologies have been announced over the years and how this show has shaped our technology today!
In 1967, the show was held in New York City and the “hot” announcement was the pocket radio! One thing that still rings true from this first year are the “booth babes!”
In 1969, radio and television were still very much the show’s “super-models.” This is the year when a 1.5inch television was demonstrated and the “space-like” FM stereo headphones made their debut.
In 1971the show moved from New York to Chicago. This year made major history as the very first VCR was announced alongside smaller and less expensive headphones and the impressive 8-track!
In 1974, the recorded music industry took a major interest in the show as a partnership between CES and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers was formed. Great timing for them as this was the year that the laserdisc player made a debut.
For the gamers, 1975 was a pivotal year as the Pong home console was released!
In 1978, the show made its move to “the city that never sleeps,” Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1979, the 8-bit personal computer was released alongside both the Atari 400 and 800!
1985, was a big year! This marks the debut of Nintendo which was originally known as the Nintendo Advanced Video System. Then, Tetris was released three years later in 1988!
Journalists became a much bigger part of the show in 1990 and thus changed the feel of the show from being historically filled with consumers to a greater presence of media.
1993 was the year in which Apple held a legitimate presence at the show and from here we all know that was history in the making!
1995 is when the show filled approximately one million square feet of exhibition space and marks when CES as we know it today truly legitimized itself.
2003 was also a historical year as Blu-ray was released and Microsoft’s CEO, Bill Gates began his run as the presenter.
2012 was the final year that Microsoft attended the show in an official capacity after maintaining a significant presence following Bill Gate’s 2008 retirement announcement.
In 2014, the show changed gears (no pun intended) drastically to become more of a car-show than ever before. This was the year when self-driving and correcting cars were introduced.
Which brings us to recent years. We are still compiling all of the incredible technologies released during the CES 2018 but if you want to learn more about the new technologies or maybe just want to get your business running securely and efficiently, contact the experts at Pendello Solutions! Their knowledge of current trends and current threats will keep you and your business on the right track.