Las Vegas, NV (Feb 19) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) owned and produced by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, and The Las Vegas Hotel (LVH) from January 7-10, 2013. The theme was Innovations, with more than 2000 companies benefiting from being members of CEA. This year was another high attendance year at the show with over 155,000 attending to see celebrity guests, attend conferences, and see over 20,000 new products being launched by hundreds of exhibitors. A rare gathering of leaders in the healthcare industry shared information with attendees during the “Digital Health Summit.” Their focus was on the fastest growing markets where health, wellness, and technology come together. The discussions were moderated by Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. Speakers at the summit included Dr. Memhet Oz, MD, Emmy-award winning host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent. Introduced during the summit was the digital feedback system for medicine that is wearable and ingestible with sensors that detect ingestions and physiologic data. When taken with your medicine, the physician can determine how your body reacts to the medicine at the exact time of ingestion. In addition to all the conferences, evening events were held at several Las Vegas hotels including the 15th annual Charity PC Race for charity, Pepcom for the media, private cocktail parties hosted by major corporations, and CES® Unveiled.
Celebrity guest, Nicole “SNOOKI” Polizzi, New York Time’s bestselling author of “A Shore Thing,” appeared in the iHip booth, signing autographs and introducing her fashion headphones. Former President Bill Clinton delivered the Samsung Keynote address. Danny DeVito joined industry leaders with 20th Century Fox and Panasonic to discuss innovations of technology and entertainment. Many other celebrities appeared during the week including Lana Fuchs, founder, President, and CEO of Billionaire M.A.F.I.A, and past star of “Sin City Rules,” signing autographs in the Luvvit booth.
CES® Unveiled, with 74 booths of exhibitors, hosted the media prior to the opening of the show to introduce the latest in technology. The Horizon 27-inch tabletop interpersonal computer was the hottest thing introduced, while LG Electronics unveiled its 84-inch Ultra-HD TVs. The following exhibitors participated in CES® Unveiled: 3M Touch Systems, Accenture, Alarm.com, Allure Energy, Inc., Atmel Corporation, Beewi, Belkin, BodyMedia, Canopy Co., Chevrolet, Cobra Electronics, CordCruncher, Dacor, Delphi, dexim Santom USA Inc., DISH Network, DriveNTalk (DBA) ENUSTECH, INC., Eton Corporation, Felt Audio, Fitbug, Globatrac LLC – Trackdot Luggage, Goal Zero, Griffin Technology, HAPILABS, Herbert Richter GmbH & Co. KG/iGrip, HIVE Labs, HMDX Jam, House of Marley, HzO, Inc., iHome, invoxia, ION Audio, kubxlab, KYE SYSTEMS CORP., La Crosse Technology, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Lilliputian Systems, Inc., Liquid Image, Living In Digital Times, Lowe’s Companies, inc., Mad Catz Inc., Marvell, Masimo Corporation, Matrix Audio Limited, myCharge, Netatmo, NuVo Technologies, Orbotix, Other World Computing, Parrot, Playfone, Pure, QAT Audio Technology Ltd., SCULPTEO, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Siemens Hearing Instruments, SOUL Electronics, SpareOne, Startup Weekend, Synaptics, Tobii Technology, uNu Electronics, Inc., Urban Hello, USB Implementers Forum, Velodyne, Venom – DataGard, Vuzix Corporation, Wilson Electronics, Inc., Withings, yurbuds Sport Earphones.
TigerDirect.Com, a subsidiary of Systemax, and Intel hosted the 15th Annual Charity PC Race and the 1st Annual Consumer Build Your Own PC Race National Finals. The winners of the annual Charity PC Race: First Place: Benjamin Heide of BCCHardware.com, who set a new record for fastest time assembling his computer in 3 minutes and 53 seconds. He donated $10,000 to Alberta Children’s Hospital Charity in Calgary Alberta. Second Place: Robert Squires of Fudzilla.com donating $2,500 to Mendenhall Middle School. Third Place: Nathan Edwards of Wirecutter with his donation of $1,000 to Doctors without Borders. All the equipment from the racers goes to each participant’s charity of choice. The 1st Annual Consumer Build Your Own PC Race National Finals Winners; First Place: Andrew Snyder of Delaware received $1,000 to be donated to his charity of choice along with a $1,000 TigerDirect gift card. Second Place: Ryan Hoenga of Miami received $500 to be donated to his charity of choice along with a $500 TigerDirect gift card. Third Place: Ramsin Gabriel of Chicago received $250 to be donated to his charity of choice along with a $250 TigerDirect gift card.
Some highlights of the show included Michael H. Uehara, Director Extraterrestrial Technology, QuantumVet™ Tricorder Plus, who explained how your cell Phone can instantly diagnose and medically treat your pet at home. It uses data to treat disease, not drugs. “Don’t take me to the Vet—use QuantumVet, that’s Extraterrestrial Technology”. Russ Johnson with CordCruncher demonstrated the first tangle free extendable head-phones in the world. They adjust from 16-inches to 3-1/2 feet. MedFolio, presented at the show by Mitch Strobin, is a new medication management pillbox that offers audio and visual medication alerts, with text message and e-mail medication reminders. The electronic pillbox was designed by a pharmacist to help patients take the right dose at the right time. Rachelle R. Valdez, Vice President of Communications and Marketing with Delphi, explained Delphi’s automotive active safety products. They are designed to help ensure a safe driving experience. Delphi MyFi® HMI (human-machine interface) controls place important information in the driver’s field of view through a high-mount, transparent display with reconfigurable clusters. The driver controls all major functions by the touch of a button on the steering wheel or by voice recognition. The innovative engineers of Delphi are helping the drivers stay focused on the road for an easier, more enjoyable and safer driving experience.
The International CES® had an impact of close to two hundred million dollars for Southern Nevada, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The show is considered North America’s largest technology event. Those who attended received a vision of the innovations of the future of technology.
Brenda Hyatt – Freelance Journalist WorldNewsVine
Donald Scelzo – Freelance Photography WorldNewsVine