Consumer Electronics Show 2012: The History of CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicked off today in Las Vegas, celebrating 45 years of electronic and technological innovation. In honor of the event, put together the timeline below, illustrating the growth not just of the trade show but also of electronics as a whole.

Obviously we’ve come a long way since the first show in 1967, and electronics keep getting more complicated and growing in importance, requiring greater innovation and training and advanced skills. Electronics schools have helped provide great innovators to this field!

We want to thank all the great technological innovators of computers and electronics who have pushed boundaries and thought outside the box. Hope CES 2012 is the best one yet!

Consumer Electronics Show History [Infographic]

For forty years, the Consumer Electronics Show has been a part of the technology and electronics industry in the United States and internationally. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the Consumer Electronics Show promotes growth in all aspects of the consumer technology industry in the United States. Lasting four days, the world’s leading trade show consists of technology demonstrations, product presentations, exhibits, speeches, and business conferencing.

Held initially in 1967 in New York City, this trade show began as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the then-primary electronics exhibition. That first CES contained 17,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. After moving to Las Vegas, and a decade of running two shows a year, a summer one in Chicago and a winter one in Las Vegas, the CES has settled to a single show in Las Vegas each winter.

Many notable products have debuted at past Consumer Electronics Show, including the VCR, camcorder, Commodore 64, Amiga computer, Nintendo Entertainment System, Radio Data System, DVD, HDTV, and OLED TV. Of course, not everything presented at the Consumer Electronics Show has become a unilateral success. Nevertheless, it provides a unique opportunity to preview new computers and technology while mingling with industry leaders and media. The keynote address speakers are world leading company executives. For example, in 2008, Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates presented the keynote speech and announced his retirement. While it is not open to the public, many professionals from a wide spectrum attend the CES, including manufacturers, retailers, analysts, government sponsors, communications developers and carriers, media providers, content creators, engineers, corporate buyers, and analysts.

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