Consumer Electronics Show – Happy 50th!
The Consumer Electronic Show opened in Las Vegas on January 5th, the 50th anniversary of the first event held in NYC in 1967. That first year, the event attracted 200 exhibitors and 17,000 attendees. The 2017 event will feature more than 3,500 firms and 170,000 guests. A quick recap of some of the “ground breaking” technology introduced at CES through the years includes:
1967 – First solid state electronic devices introduced, including a radio small enough to wear on the wrist
1968 – The Portable Executive Telephone – the first stage cell phone cost $2,000 ($15k in 2016 dollars), weighed 19 pounds and required an FCC license to operate.
1970 – First VCR introduced
1975 – Atari Pong introduced – let the gaming begin!
1978 – Home computers first introduced
1982 – Commodore 64 personal computer launched
1992 – Apple’s John Sculley presents the pocket computer – Newton
1998 – HDTV introduced for the first time
2003 – First Blue Ray devices introduced
2011 – Tablets introduced
In five decades CES has provided the first look at world changing technology (along with some misses). One thing is for sure, this year’s ground breaking technology, when viewed through the prism of time, will provide the necessary path to the “gee-whiz” technology of 2067.
For more information, here are the “Innovation Award” winners for this year’s CES show.