While some claim CES has lost its luster and big name headliners over the years, the show refuses to be deemed irrelevant.
Indeed, the organizing CEA body claimed 2013 was the show’s largest to date, boasting some 1.92 million square feet of exhibit space, the equivalent of 37 football fields full of technology.
Over 3,250 exhibitors unveiled some 20,000 new products to 150,000 attendees.
And while it’s true that news from the show may not have been earth shattering, the hardware-focus still yielded some solid nuggets of innovation and a good indication of industry trends.
Looking healthy again this year was the trend towards fitness monitors and sensors allowing people to take control of their medical data. These ranged from watches to wristbands, Bluetooth cutlery to singing toothbrushes.
The ongoing shift towards mobility was also abundantly clear, with almost every PC on display boasting transformer-like qualities, able to shape shift into a tablet or convertible at the flip or slide of a screen.
Cool technologies like eye tracking, gesture control, immersive headset gaming, augmented reality and curved touchscreens were all on display.
The maker movement made its presence felt this year too, with 3-D printed products and robots galore. But revving up to full speed this year was the automotive space, taking over a huge chunk of the show and creating the excitement only motor sports can.
So, perhaps not quite the “super bowl of technology,” but for those who live and love gadgets, CES still delivers the goods.
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