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CES 2018 Announces Celebrity Lineup 
An all-star array of speakers and appearances from big names in sports, music, movies, TV technology and more 
 

Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2018 - The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced today an extensive list of celebrities slated to appear at CES® 2018 in Las Vegas. 

Entertainers and other figures from sports, music, movies, TV, and technology will appear throughout the week celebrating technology through speaking engagements, signing autographs, and meeting conference attendees. 

"We're bringing the stars to Vegas," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy. "What makes it even more special is that nearly all of these entertainers and other celebrities are involved in some of the most interesting technology efforts out there. So it's exciting to have star power on hand - we always do - but it's also exciting to get the unique insight of these folks on how they're partnering in cutting-edge projects." 

Celebrity speakers and appearances include, but are not limited to:

Monday, January 8

Tuesday, January 9

Wednesday, January 10

Thursday, January 11

Friday, January 12


Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018 will run January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Take a look at three new areas at CES 2018. High-definition video b-roll from CES is available for easy download on CESbroll.com. See exclusive photos from the CES show floor, keynotes, conference sessions, events and award ceremonies in the CES photo gallery

Produced by the Consumer Technology Association, Inside CES 2018 - Trends and Takeaways provides a complete overview of the entirety of CES, including exclusive CTA research and trend analysis not available anywhere else. Ensure you understand the most important trends impacting the tech industry in the year ahead. Learn more and order your copy today.
 

About CES: 
CES® is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is the trade association representing the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.
Upcoming Events

  • CES Media Days
    January 7-8, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 7, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES 2018 - Register
    January 9-12, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES Asia 2018
    June 13-15, Shanghai, China

Photos by Helen Velez

Written by Ryan Quon

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CES 2017 My First Time Candy Lopez Media Adventure

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CES 2017 My First Time Candy Lopez Media Adventure

CES 2017 Las Vegas, NV, one of my first impressions is how freaking cold the desert can be. I never really attended anything quite like CES and will continue to want to do so in the future. There was so much to look at, demonstrate, and hear all what the market trends are going for. Definitely next year I will need to have more time. 

Ryan Quon my Media Manager, encouraged me to take photos and to demonstrate the innovations at CES. I am too shy. Perhaps as I get more involved with this type of atmosphere I can open up to a journalist approach. For what is is all worth I was blown away by how many companies are targeting the US market. There were so many HDR, Drone, and Virtual Reality developers. 

Definitely, one of the best areas at the show floor was the LG OLED and Home Appliance Section. Since I am a girl, I love the home and how there are technologies up-and-coming that looks state of the art! Other interest that I found were 5G, cars, clothes, content, health care, sports, travel, smart cities, AR, VR, robotics, AI and more debuted at world's largest innovation event...

OMG my first Analyst Badge...so excited. 

OMG my first Analyst Badge...so excited. 

Las Vegas, NV, January 8, 2017 - CES® 2017, the 50th anniversary of the largest global gathering of innovation and connectivity, concluded today, introducing ground-breaking products, providing opportunities for companies in every major global industry to conduct business, and shattering records.

CES 2017 showcased the connected future of technology. With more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square feet, CES 2017 was a record-breaker, welcoming the world's biggest companies in addition to hosting more than 600 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace. More than 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 from outside the U.S., convened in Las Vegas to drive the ever-evolving global technology industry forward. A highlight video announcing official show stats can be found here.

CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world's most challenging problems," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM. "Our industry is bettering the world through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives. Today's connected world was on full display this week at CES 2017 - our largest, boldest show in history."

  "From startups to established businesses, traditional tech companies, along with those in new industries like travel and sports, came together and vigorously embraced technology for the 50th anniversary of CES," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. "This year's show was all about connectivity - both in the form of the technologies unveiled and in the valuable face-to-face business connections happening throughout the show."

  "CES is the world's most important technology trade show, but now it is so much more," said John Penney, chief strategy officer, Starz. "By gathering the world's great innovators, companies, technologies, products and entrepreneurs in one place, CES is now an integral part of the global innovation system. CES and its attendees are working to build a better future for us all."

 

Connectivity was everywhere at CES 2017 - enabling nearly every product category, from self-driving cars and smart cities to digital health and 5G - and a major focus throughout CES conference tracks. 5G will revolutionize our connected world, and the entire connected ecosystem came together at CES 2017.

"CES 2017 was a coming out party for the future of 5G which we estimate will generate a net 20 million new jobs," said Dr. Jim Mault, vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life.

  CES 2017 welcomed government officials from around the world. U.S. government leaders in attendance included three members of the Federal Trade Commission, three members of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, along with U.S. Senator Dean Heller and seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Other top level U.S. government attendees included representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, International Trade Commission and Patent and Trademark Office.  

Notable global political leaders in attendance included His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands; Franҫois Fillon, French presidential candidate; Axelle Lemaire, France's Deputy Minister for Innovation and Digital Affairs; Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs; Jaime Reyes Robles, Secretary of Innovation, Science and Technology, Government of the State of Jalisco, Mexico; Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria's Honourable Minister of Communications; Navdeep Bains, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Brad Duguid, Canada's Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth; and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government.

LOL one of the cute PILOT cars I found while walking the show floor...

LOL one of the cute PILOT cars I found while walking the show floor...

"CES educates public officials about our industry," said John Godfrey, senior vice president of public policy, Samsung Electronics. "It was great to see so many key officials at this year's show."

 

CES is the global stage for innovation, with attendees from more than 150 countries and more than 100 official national delegations.

CES 2017 drew world-famous celebrities from Hollywood, sports, eSports and music to Las Vegas to experience the latest in tech. CES Ambassador Aisha Tyler; Major League Baseball All-Star Bryce Harper; NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal; U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps and actress Octavia Spencer were among the many stars participating in the show. See a full list of celebrities attending CES 2017.

With more than 6,500 members of the media in attendance, CES 2017 garnered worldwide media coverage. The show also received impressive social media momentum, including nearly 1.4 million mentions using #CES2017 hashtags.

CES 2017 also hosted competitive contests, including the Best of CES awards, presented by Engadget, and the Mobile App Showdown, presented by Living in Digital Times. The semi-finals for Richard Branson's Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) also returned to CES for a chance to compete in the final round of competition at Branson's Nekar Island. Be sure to check out all the winners.

Now in its third year, the annual CES Asia™ will run June 7-9, 2017 in Shanghai, China, showcasing the latest ideas and innovations from global brands and promising startups. Companies interested in applying to exhibit can find more details at CESAsia.com.

CTA will release final CES 2017 attendance figures after the show's independent audit late this spring. CES will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Note to Editors:  The official name of the global technology event is "CES®."  Please do not use "Consumer Electronics Show" or "International CES" to refer to the event.

High-definition video b-roll from CES is available for easy download on CESbroll.com.

CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

So below I gathered some information as to when the other digital partners will have other opportunities to showcase. 

  Upcoming Events

Winter Break

March 9-12, Snowmass, CO

Digital Patriots Dinner

April 4, National Portrait Gallery

CES on the Hill 

April 5, Rayburn Cafeteria 

CES Asia 2017

June 7-9, Shanghai, China

CEO Summit

June 21-24, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Innovate! and Celebrate

October 9-11, San Francisco, CA

CES 2018

January 9-12, Las Vegas, NV

Article by Candy Lopez

Edited by Ryan Quon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CES Unveiled 2017 WILL Dominate Tech Trends

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CES Unveiled 2017 WILL Dominate Tech Trends

The New Year is here. And that means CES is about to begin.

Around 200,000 people are about to converge on Las Vegas for the technology industry's biggest showcase of the year. This is the trade show's 50th anniversary, and the show floor will be jam-packed with products and services that would've been dismissed as science fiction back in 1967: everything from self-driving cars to voice-controlled personal assistants to swarms of flying camera drones.

Yes, all those sort of gadgets that seemed outrageously fantastic when employed by the likes of James Bond, Captain Kirk and George Jetson in the 1960s will be on display at CES -- mostly as products you can buy soon, if not right now. Oh, and anyone can share photos and live video of the latest and greatest products to a worldwide audience from a pocketable communications device. Welcome to 2017.

Of course, much of that same tech has already been on display at the show the past few years. CES is, after all, better viewed as an evolutionary process of trends that ebb and flow in three- to five-year increments. So, while many of these trends hardly sound new, they're often more mature and better realized then they were in years past.

To that end, these are the topics and categories we expect to dominate the floor this year.

Smart home tech will be everywhere

Expect smart home products to become even more ubiquitous. That means more everyday devices getting an "internet of things" (IoT) upgrade, whether that's useful or not. Wi-Fi connectivity and app control will be more common in small kitchen-counter appliances, and expect refrigerators, washers and dryers to get smarter too. The same goes for doorbells, lightbulbs, ceiling fans, smoke alarms -- and anything else you can think of.

Voice assistants and IoT platforms battle for control

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

Format wars have long been a part of the consumer electronics landscape, and CES in particular: VHS vs. Beta, HD DVD vs. Blu-ray, Windows vs. Mac or iPhone vs. Android, to name but a few. In the nascent smart home era, the newest format war is that of voice-controlled personal assistants and their underlying smart home platforms.

Look for companies to talk up compatibility with and the relative advantages of Amazon's Alexa/Echo platform -- far and away the current smart home leader -- as well as Apple's Siri/HomeKit, Google Home and maybe even Microsoft's Cortana. (Ironically, none of those four companies officially exhibit at CES.) Likewise, Samsung -- one of the largest exhibitors at the show -- could spotlight its recently acquired Viv assistant, too.

Read more: Is the Google Home growing up fast enough?

More self-driving and electric cars

Ford's second-generation Fusion Hybrid has upgrades to sensors, electrical controls and computer hardware.

Photo by Ford

The North American International Auto Show starts on January 8, just as CES is ending. But CES has been stealing more and more of the car tech spotlight with each passing year, and 2017 is no exception. Expect plenty of self-driving and electric car technology to be on display in Vegas, with plenty of news from such industry heavyweights as Fiat ChryslerBMWFord, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai. We also expect an update on the status of Faraday Future's electric vehicle plans, as well as auto-related tech news from companies such as Nvidia, Continental, Harman and Delphi. CNET's Roadshow will be covering it all -- before heading out to cover all the news in Detroit, too.

 

TVs get bigger, brighter and better

LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper

 

The Las Vegas Convention Center is dominated by ever-increasing ginormous TV screens every year, and 2017 will be no exception. Samsung, Sony and up-and-coming Chinese brands like TCL and Hisense will be showcasing LCD-based technologies such as quantum dot, all of which is designed to take down OLED, the picture quality king that's currently the sole province of LG (and its licensees).

4K resolution, HDR technology and still more built-in streaming tech (be it Roku, Chromecast, Android or other) will continue to drop towards mid- and even entry-level status on many models. Oh, and expect some demos of crazy next-gen display technology -- and some cool projectors, too.

 

A sea of new laptops

Lenovo's early 2017 business notebooks look a lot like their predecessors

For whatever reason, the CES show floor is nearly empty of PC vendors. But nearly all of the familiar brands piggyback on the show with offsite events, announcements and hotel suites in Vegas throughout CES week. Look for a cavalcade of new laptops and two-in-one laptop-tablet hybrids from the likes of Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and HP, nearly all of which will be real-world products you'll be able to buy early in the new year.

You can also expect some more offbeat futuristic concepts (we're looking at you, Razer), as well as news and possible prototypes from chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm -- especially now that Microsoft has announced Windows 10 support for that latter company's ARM chips.

Chinese brands take the global spotlight

Huawei is looking for success outside China with phones like the Mate 9.

China has long been a manufacturing hub for the consumer electronics world, but the CES show floor has seen a rise of China-based brands in recent years, too. Look for companies such as Xiaomi, TCL, Hisense, LeEco and Huawei to use the spotlight of the CES show to give their brands a bigger halo as they look to further expand outside of their home market.

In some ways, the CES show floor is really just a distraction from the real action of the show, which takes place in bars, restaurants, hotel suites and blackjack tables as companies wine and dine prospective clients, partners and -- yes -- journalists, swapping all manner of information both on and off the record.

And you can bet the main topic of conversation this year will be the incoming administration of Donald Trump, who takes office later this month. That means a huge swath of laws and regulations that directly affect the global tech industry -- everything from trade policy, tariffs, information security, network neutrality rules, tax policies, encryption, financial regulations and immigration, to name just a few -- could well be changing, some radically. Even if the pace and extent of the regulatory change is less than expected, however, companies need to brace for a new world in which a presidential tweet could send their stock price soaring -- or crashing.

Everything else we'll see at CES

Tbe Ehang 184, a quadrotor drone designed to carry a human passenger, was one of the more outlandish products of CES 2016.

Photo by Joshua Goldman/CNET

Those are the highlights of what we expect to dominate CES week -- but hardly the only thing we'll see. You can also expect:

Talk of artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision. These won't be products, per se, but rather features that help make networked products "smarter" and more usable.

Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality. Expect to see more products and services building on the mass-market acceptance and familiarity in this category that 2016 products like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation Now and Pokemon Go helped pioneer.

Robots -- both practical (think: Roomba) and fanciful (plenty of C-3PO-style proof of concepts and showpieces).

Plenty of drones, large and small.

A good deal of medical and health tech; think wearables, but with more diagnostic and professional applications.

More pet tech -- everything from automated feeders to self-cleaning litterboxes to cat and dog trackers to networked pet toys.

Headphonesspeakers and audio. Wireless headphones and speakers are the new normal, but plenty of high-end audio vendors will showcase plenty of old-school audio gear that embraces wires -- with luxury price tags, to boot.

Accessories, dongles and cases of all shapes and sizes. How do those $10 Lightning cables and cigarette lighter adapters make it to every Walgreen's checkout line? Those are the types of deals that happen at CES.

Article by Candy Lopez

Edited by Ryan quon

 

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CES 2016: ASUS ROG Showcases Gaming Innovations

Brent Bullard and Ryan Quon ventured to Las Vegas representing USC at CES 2016. We found phenomenal gains in the PC world which will only mean greater resolutions, higher refresh rates, stable operating systems, and greater need for high-end visuals. 4K is the monitor of the past, now it is 5K with the push of virtual reality. However, lets start off CES review by introducing our particular favorite booth, ASUS!

To kick off 2016, ASUS ROG put on a show at 2016 International CES in the ASUS Media Lounge, Las Vegas, USA. The latest and greatest ASUS ROG gaming innovations were showcased today, the line-up includes gaming motherboards, displays, desktops, laptops and peripherals. Here is a gallery of the exciting new innovations! Stay tuned for more details regarding each product in coming weeks!

CES is becoming more of an automotive show than anything else. Every year there's more car companies and more car demos. This year was no exception. The PC industry really needs to have its own show. Thankfully, there are still plenty of nuggets to be found, and Asus showed off some goodies this year.
ROG Maximus VIII Formula
Z170 ATX motherboard for 6th Gen. Intel processors with CrossChill EK Hybrid air/liquid cooling.
Three brand-new gaming motherboards with Aura RGB lighting made their debut:

ASUS MG24UQ Gaming Display
 There is a little brother in the form of a 24-inch IPS gaming display with wide viewing angles, superior color accuracy and vibrant colors.


ROG Swift PG348Q Gaming Display


A 34-inch gaming monitor with an Ultra-Wide Quad HD (UWQHD) (3440 x 1440) panel, 100Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-SYNC technology.
 

Asus won't be left out in the external graphics department with its new XG2 docking station. The XG2 is similar to Razer's new Core in that both are USB Type-C docking stations. Whereas the Core uses Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C, Asus tells us that it's using something else entirely—something proprietary. The XG2, says Asus, doesn't rely on Thunderbolt 3, which would require encoding and decoding of the graphics card's signal. While Thunderbolt 3's 40Gb/s speed is fast, Asus tells us the XG2 is using raw PCIe signally. We'll have to wait to get both units in for some benchmarking to see which one performs best.

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Virtual Reality was Everywhere at CES 2016

Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality goggles were everywhere at CES, but none more than Samsung’s Gear VR headset that uses one of the company’s Galaxy smartphones for its display. I sat through a demo in Samsung’s booth in which you ride a virtual roller coaster while sitting in chairs that simulate the ride’s movement and vibration, and I have to admit it was shockingly realistic. It may be obvious to your eyes that you’re looking at a smartphone, but your brain still leaves your stomach behind when the roller coaster drops down some steep track.

The good news for photographers and videographers is that the conversation around VR seems to be changing. Whereas marketers used to just talk about the technical capabilities of headsets (and let’s face it, they still will if you give them a chance) we seem to have reached the point where everyone realizes that VR content will be what drives the market. Riding roller coasters at trade shows is fun, but tools that give individual content creators the ability to create unique VR experiences or immersive films should really open up creative possibilities.

 

The Big Guns: VR’s about to get a lot better, but Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are high-end systems for early adopters
Innovation is very important, but I also think it can be overrated, if nothing tangible gets productized as a result of the effort put in. In many cases, maturity — not innovation — is what makes products real.

In the case of Virtual Reality (VR) the industry is now reaching a point where we can almost grasp maturity. We can see it coming; it is inevitable.

Your average consumer may not be able to afford it for perhaps five or ten years, with current prices at $600 per headset not counting supporting equipment (such as a powerful GPU-intensive PC or gaming console) but the writing is on the wall.

VR gaming will be a legitimate form of entertainment, at least among middle class people, before the decade is over.

We need to ask ourselves about what the potential societal implications of widespread VR technology are now, before it actually becomes a cultural phenomenon — just as we deal with the impact of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices on our culture today.

Modern smartphones have been on the market for almost a decade, but we have only started to understand their impact on human behavior.

Oculus has dominated the VR conversation for years, and with good reason — its hardware and software solutions have routinely been the best. I remember putting a rickety pair of VR ski goggles on my head in a hotel room back in 2013, and it blew me away. Now, the first consumer-ready version is on its way for $600 (£499 or AU$649) in March.

Well, $600 plus a gaming PC that can handle it. The price and pre-order announcement of Rift cast a shadow over the whole show, by design. Is VR not for the common person anymore? Is it a tech toy only? My answer: of course it’s not for everyone. How many people have hardcore gaming PCs?

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