Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the 2014 International CES wraps up tomorrow. Here are some highlights, so far.
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO for the association, delivered an address in which he projected a growth of 2.4% in U.S. consumer technology revenues. That would be a $208 billion increase, and a record high, if achieved. He also forecasted $6 billion in sales of new categories.
“The incredible growth that emerging product categories such as Ultra HDTV, wearable electronics and 3D printers will experience this year underscores the significant role new technologies play in the total consumer electronics story,” he was quoted saying in a release.
Shapiro also announced that this year’s CES, with its 2-million square feet of exhibit space, is the biggest to date.
Higher-ups at Tumblr, Sony and Yahoo, along with media personalities, like anchor Katie Couric, singer John Legend and Saturday Night Live performer Kenan Thompson, made appearances.
A panel comprising John Donovan of AT&T, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs and Ericsson’s Hans Vestberg discussed “the power of mobile in today’s world and the future of wireless networks.” Another panel tackled how technology can inspire creativity featured representatives from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Guardian, Thrillist, Vice, Condé Nast Entertainment and AOL.
Another hot topic was efficiency — both power and spectrum. A Super Session focused on the future of sensor-driven technology, with speakers from Intel, Ford, Microsoft and Misfit Wearables.
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