NEW YORK (AP) — CES, the annual tech trade occasion previously generally known as the Shopper Electronics Present, is returning to Las Vegas this January with the hope that it appears to be like extra prefer it did earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.
The present modified its identify to CES to raised replicate the altering trade and the occasion, which had expanded beyond audio and video to incorporate automotive, digital well being, sensible telephones, wearables and different applied sciences.
Corporations and startups will showcase improvements in digital actuality, robotics and client tech objects to the media and others within the tech trade throughout subsequent month’s gadget present and organizers say their aim is to attract 100,000 attendees.
That will be a marked distinction with the appear and feel of the previous two exhibits — the final of which noticed a 70% drop in in-person attendance amid the unfold of the Omicron variant. The one before that was held virtually, changing in-person shows and meet and greets with video streams and chats.
Kinsey Fabrizio, senior vice chairman on the commerce group Shopper Know-how Affiliation, mentioned greater than 2,800 corporations have signed as much as attend CES 2023.
Exhibitors embrace many startups and routine visitors like Amazon and Facebook parent Meta, each of which have just lately minimize jobs and carried out hiring freezes after beefing up their employees in the course of the pandemic. Different tech corporations have additionally been tightening their belts and shedding employees amid considerations in regards to the financial atmosphere.
The Related Press spoke with Fabrizio about CES and what shoppers ought to anticipate on the present. The dialog has been edited for readability and size.