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2012 International CES Summary  (1/2012)
    Consumer Electronics Show

    by Douglas Dixon

       -- www.cesweb.org

        See also - Holiday 2011 Gadget guide:

        Previous years


2012 International CES

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) returned to Las Vegas from Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13, 2012 (www.cesweb.org).

The show is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, www.ce.org), which reports that CES continues to be the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and the largest tradeshow of any kind in North America.

The attendance jumped to over 150,00 people, growing from 149,000 in 2011 and 126,000 in 2010 after the low of 113,000 in 2009, and back to the peak in 2007 - 2008. The mass of people strained the facilities and transportation in Vegas, with long lines for taxis and buses, but better traffic flow through the streets than last year.

The exhibition was consolidated into the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2010, without using the Sands Expo, with eome exhibits and sessions still in the Hilton (renamed the LVH). The use of the Venetian expanded beyond Audio to include the new Emerging Technology area and the photo imaging show PMA@CES.

The 2012 show has a record 3,100 exhibitors, in a largest ever 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space -- an area larger than 35 (American) football fields. There were over 20 TechZones grouping new technology markets, including the very active the iLounge Pavilion, with third-party accessories and software for the Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macintosh.

The big topics this year at CES included:

  • Ultrabooks: Small and light and stylish laptops (the PC industry's answer to Apple's MacBook Air). Remember netbooks, which were too underpowered and sluggish? Ultrabooks promise to remove the compromises, with power and capacity to be a useful laptop. (Expect a big marketing push from Intel and its partners.)
  • Thin TV: Flat-screen TVs, with thickness and surrounding bezels measures in millimeters instead of inches. These look like a sheet of glass from the side, and the minimization of the surrounding frame can make them appear to float in the air .
  • Smart TV: TVs and Blu-ray players that integrate with the Internet to provide browsing and apps like smartphones and tablets, and which provide deeper interaction with you though voice and gesture control, and even face recognition to personalize for your preferences. (Yes, your TV now has a camera and microphone to watch and listen to you.)
  • Digital Health: A profusion of devices to monitor your health and exercise, and connect to smartphone apps for analysis and coaching. (Your digital scale will post your daily weigh-in to your Twitter feed.)
  • UltraViolet: A Hollywood-approved "digital locker" for your purchased movies and TV shows, so you can buy once and then view across a wide variety of devices, from desktop to set-top to mobile. This is just starting to roll out, but holds the promise of being sensible and useful.

See the links below to show coverage from gadget blogs and tech publications. These were out in force at CES, with teams live blogging the new announcements for hot-off-the-press coverage.


  CES 2012: Attendees in the hallway outside the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (CEA)


CES Summary

  • January 10 - 13, 2011 (Tues. - Fri.) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
        More than 2,000 corporate members, www.ce.org
        Design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of CE products
        $170 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry
  • World's largest consumer technology tradeshow (2012)
      North America’s largest tradeshow of any kind
      CES generates more than 5,000 stories about its exhibitors and the industry
  • 2012 - 153,000+ attend, 34,000+ international
         3100 exhibitors (record), 1.861 million net sq. ft. exhibit space (record)
              20,000+ new products introduced: dozens of ultrabooks, OLED TVs,
                   Android 4.0 tablets, next generation smartphones, 3D printers
         Conference: 200 sessions, 500 speakers
         Each CES attendee has ave. 12 business meetings
  • 2012 Product Categories:
    • Audio, Automotive Electronics, Computer Hardware & Software, Connected Home,
    • Content Distribution, Digital Health and Fitness, Digital Imaging/Photography,
    • Electronic Gaming, Emerging Technology, Entertainment/Content,
    • Internet-Based Multimedia Services, Lifestyle Electronics,
    • Telecomm/Infrastructure, Video, Wireless & Wireless Devices
  • 2011 - 149,529 attend (audited), ~30,000+ international, ~80 international delegations
              more than 5,000 press and industry analysts
         2700+ exhibitors, , ~1200 outside U.S. (+25%)
              20,000 new products introduced, launch 80+ tablets
         conference: 250 sessions, 900 speakers
         20 market-specific TechZones;158K CES-related tweets week
  • 2010 - audited: 126,641 attend (+12%); 24,364 international from 136 countries
         12K retail buyers, 8K manufacturers, 3K engineers
         8,500 software development/publishing, content development, entertainment industries (+41%)
         5,000+ press, bloggers and financial and industry analysts
         2,500 exhibitors, 330 new exhibitors, 20K new products, 1.4M net sq. ft. exhibit space
         More than 250 conference sessions and 300 speakers; 20 TechZones
  • 2009 - 42nd - 113K attend, 22K international; 140 countries; 4,500 media, 1,500 analysts
       2,700 exhibitors, 300 new exhibitors, ~20K new products, 1.7M sq. ft.
  • 2008 - 141K attend, 28K international, 140 countries, 4,500 journalists
        2700 exhibitors, 20K products launched, 1.85M sq. ft. - largest in show history
        46% attendees senior executives
  • 2007: 143K attend, 2,900 exhibitors, 1.8 million net sq ft exhibit space
  • First CES, June 1967 - New York City - 200 exhibitors, 17,500 attendees
  • Other conferences (07): CES 150K, Magic Intl. 115K, NAB 110K
        Comdex over 200K, CONEXPO CON/AGG construction 135K, 2K exhibitors
  • www.cesweb.org


  CES 2012: Attendees in the Samsung booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (CEA)

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CES Press / Blog Coverage


CES 2012 Press Releases

CES 2012 News Articles

CES 2012 Wrap-Ups

CES 2012 Media / Blog Coverage

    Event live blogging, visual booth tours, product hands-on

CES Blog Coverage Aggregators

CES Show Commentary

CES Survival Commentary

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CES Information and Links


Consumer Electronics Association

CES Photos and Videos

CES Awards

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Las Vegas Summary


Vegas FAQ (LVCVA, 3/11)

  • Total visitors: 37.3M 2010, 36.3M 2009, 37.5 M 2008, 39.2 M 2007, 38.9 M 2006
        Convention and trade show delegates: 4.4M 2010&2009, 5.9 M 2008, 6.2 M 2007, 6.3M 2006
        Conventions: 18,004 2010, 19,394 2009, 22,454 2008
  • Gaming revenue: $8.9B 2010, $8.8B 2009, $9.8 B 2008, $8.4 B 2007, $8.2 B 2006
        Non-gaming revenue: $8.4 B 2007, $8.2 B 2006
        Average gambling budget per trip: $482 2009, $532 2008, $556 2007, $652 2006
  • Hotel/motel rooms: 148.9K 2010&2009, 140.5K 2008, 133K 2007, 132K 2006
        Ave. room rate: $95 2010, $93 2009, $119 2008
        Hotel occupancy: 80.4% 2010, 81.5% 2009, 86.0% 2008, 94.0% 2007, 93.2% 2006
        US hotel occupancy: 57.6% 2010, 55.1% 2009, 60.4% 2008, 63.2% 2007, 63.3% 2006
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority: www.lvcva.com

Vegas strip

Vegas Capacity

  • 2011: 150K hotel rooms, 10.6M sq. ft. of exhibit space
  • Weddings: more than 120,000 marriage licenses issued annually (~1/09)
  • 2009: 4.5 million convention visitors, generating $4.5B non-gaming revenue
  • No. 1 trade show destination in North America (end 2010)
    • ~ 20,000 meetings and conventions annually
    • Las Vegas - 45 of the 200 largest shows, total 19M net sq. ft.
    • Chicago - 25 shows, 7.5 M sq. ft.; Orlando - 18 shows, 5.3M sq. ft.
    • 6 of top 10 - CES, World of Concrete, International Builders,
      ReCon, NAB, World Shoes+Accessories (WSA)
  • More than 10.5M net sq. ft. convention and meeting space (end 2010)
    • Las Vegas Convention Center 2.3M, Sands 2.25M, Mandalay Bay 1.7M
    • was More than 9.5M net sq. ft. convention and meeting space (~1/09)
    • Las Vegas Convention Center 2M, Sands 1.8M, Mandalay Bay 1.5M
  • LVCC (Wikipedia) - Opened on April 1959, 110,340 sq ft
        1998 expansion to 1.9 million sq ft; 2004 expansion added South Hall, 1.3 million sq ft 
  • Construction: 133,000 guest rooms in 2006, 9.5 million sq ft convention and exhibit space 
        plan: 07: +467K sq ft, 137K rooms, 08: +1.3M sq ft, 145K rooms, 09: +360K sq ft, 161K rooms
        10: +1.2M sq ft = +3.4M sq ft, 169K rooms

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CES - Facilities


CES 2012 - Show Locations

  • Keynotes moved from Hilton to The Venetian
  • Las Vegas Hilton changing name to LVH (Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)


        CES 2012: Show Locations Map (PDF) -
http://www.cesweb.org/docs/2012_CES_ShowLocationsMap.pdf

CES / Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)

  • 3.2 million sq ft facility, within short distance of more than 100,000 guest rooms (12/11)
    • 2.1M sq ft total exhibit/meeting space
    • 2 million sq ft exhibit space, 144 meeting rooms (241,000 sq ft)
    • $.29 (was $.25) per net square foot per show day
    • North Hall (409K sq ft), Central Hall (623K sq ft), South Hall (908K sq ft)
  • www.lvcva.com

CES / The Venetian

  • Keynotes (Palazzo Ballroom, Level 5)
  • High-Performance Audio exhibits (~ 200 exhibitors 2012)
  • PMA@CES
  • Additional Audio, Computer Hardware & Software, Connected Home, Content Distribution, Electronic Gaming, Emerging Technology, Entertainment/Content, Internet-Based Multimedia Services, Lifestyle Electronics, Telecommunications Infrastructure, and Wireless & Wireless Devices Exhibits
  • http://www.venetian.com/
  • Sands Expo and Convention Center and Venetian Congress
    • Along with Venetian Congress Center, host 20% of largest 50 tradeshows in U.S.
    • 1.8 M sq. ft. combined meeting and event space (3rd largest in country - end 2010)
    • www.sandsexpo.com

CES / Las Vegas Hilton -- changing name to LVH (Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)

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CES - Exhibits


Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Exhibits

  • North Hall
    • Automotive Electronics, Digital Health and Fitness, Lifestyle Electronics
    • TechZones including iLounge Pavilion, International Gateway, Kids@Play/Mommy Tech, Safe Driver
  • Central Hall
    • Audio, Video, Content Distribution, Entertainment/Content
    • TechZones, including Mobile DTV and 3D@Home
  • South Hall
    • Ground level:
      • Connected Home, Electronic Gaming
      • Additional Audio, Computer Hardware & Software
      • Emerging Technology, Lifestyle, Video
    • Upper Level:
      • Computer Hardware & Software, Digital Imaging, Emerging Technology
      • Internet-Based Multimedia Services, Telecommunications Infrastructure
      • Wireless and Wireless Devices
      • TechZones including Access on the Go

Tech Zones

  • 20 themed areas, group new technology markets - up-and-coming products, services, companies
  • 3D@Home - 3D content creators, service providers, TV manufacturers
  • Access on the Go - eBooks, netbooks, smartbooks and tablets
  • NEW - CEPro@CES - CE Pro Magazine for custom electronics integrators
  • Digital Health Summit
  • NEW - Eureka Park - Start-ups - NSF, CNET, Startup America, UK Trade & Investment
  • NEW - Experience CEA
  • New - G.hn - HomeGrid Forum - wired home networking over powerline, phone line, coaxial cable
  • Gaming Showcase
  • New - GoElectricDrive - Electric vehicles and charge stations
  • HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface
  • HigherEdTECH
  • Home Plug - Powerline networking
  • iLounge Pavilion -fastest growing TechZone
    • third-party accessories and software for Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macintosh
  • Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase
  • International Gateway - more than 800 exhibitors
  • Kids@Play
  • Location Based Services - to portable and in-car navigation devices
  • NEW - MEMS - in mobile phones, game consoles, tablet PCs and other hot CE devices
  • Mobile DTV - digital living room to the car and portable devices
  • Mommy Tech
  • NEW - PMA@CES - Photo Marketing Association - digital imaging/photography
  • Robotics
  • NEW - SD Association - memory cards
  • Safe Driver
  • Silvers Summit - 78 million boomers in US (450M worldwide) born between 1946 and 1964
  • Sports and Fitness Tech - sports, fitness and outdoors
  • Sustainable Planet
  • USB
  • Wireless Mobility by Qualcomm
  • Zigbee - wireless networking, sensing and control

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CES - Conference Program


Presentations - Conference Programs

  • Keynotes: Steve Ballmer /  Microsoft, Ivan Seidenberg / Verizon, Rupert Stadler / AUDI
       Boo-Keun Yoon / Samsung, Alan Mulally / Ford
  • Innovation Power Panel: John Chambers / Cisco, Jeffrey Immelt / GE, Ursula Burns / Xerox
  • Entertainment Matters Keynote Panel
  • Conference Tracks
  • Super Sessions
  • 2011: 300 conference sessions, 900 speakers
  • http://www.cesweb.org/conferenceProgram/default.asp

Conference Tracks (Partner Programs)

  • Broadband Unlimited - Team Lightbulb
  • Cable Conference at CES - Digital Hollywood
  • CEA Research Summit at International CES - Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • CES Government 2011 - -
  • CONNECTIONS Summit at CES - Parks Associates
        www.connectionsconference.com
  • Content in the Cloud - Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)
  • Digital Health Summit - Living in Digital Times
  • Digital Hollywood - Digital Hollywood
  • Emerging Technology - International CES
  • Flash Forward: Flash Memory Storage Solutions for Mobile Devices and Data-Hungry Applications - JEDEC
  • HigherEd Tech Summit - Living in Digital Times
  • Home Entertainment and Lifestyle Technologies - International CES
  • IEEE: International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) - IEEE, ICCE, CE Society
        www.icce.org
  • In-Vehicle Technology - International CES
  • Issues and Attitudes - International CES
  • Just the Facts: Research, Reports and Revelation - CEA
  • Kids@Play and MommyTech - Living in Digital Times
  • Media Money Makers - International CES and The Nielsen Co.
  • Silvers Summit - Living in Digital Times
  • Smart Grid Homes - Clasma Events Inc.
  • Smartphone and Tablet Conference - Digital Hollywood
  • Sports and Fitness Tech - Living in Digital Times
  • Storage Visions 2011 - Storage Visions
        www.storagevisions.com
  • Tech Policy Summit - Tech Policy Summit
  • Technology and The Environment - International CES
  • The Tweet House Presents: Social Media Success Stories - Parnassus Group
  • THX Education Program: Home Theater and THX - THX
  • Wireless Communications - International CES
  • http://www.cesweb.org/conferenceProgram/conference-tracks.asp

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CES - Press Events


Press Events

  • Press Attendance
        2010: 5,000+ press, bloggers and financial and industry analysts
        2009: 4,500 media
        2008: 4,500 journalists, 2006: 4,500 media, 2,200 financial and industry analysts
  • Press Conferences: ~ 07: 45 on-site exhibitor press conferences
       www.cesweb.org/press/events
  • CES 2011 Party List - Social Radius
        www.cespartylist.com
  • Karen Thomas - CES 2011 Party List
       http://www.thomas-pr.com/01/ces2011.html


  CES 2012: CES Unveiled Press Event (CEA)

Press Showcases

  • CES Unveiled: Tues., 3 hours ($12k 07)
        07: 80 companies
        www.cesweb.org/press/events
  • Digital Experience / Pepcom: Wed., 3 hours
        10: More than 900 media and analysts
        09: ~ 130 companies
        07: Over 150 sponsors, 2,000 press (NYC 40 companies, 600 press)
        www.pepcom.com
  • Showstoppers: Thurs., 4 hours
        11: More than 800 qualified journalists for each of past five years, 140+ companies
        09: ~ 85 companies ($5, 8, 12k 09,10, 11)
        07: 130 companies, 1,400 registered attendees
        www.showstoppers.com
  • LUNCH@ PIERO'S: Thurs./Fri., 2 1/2 hours 
        11: to 20 companies, $2 - 7k
        08: 18 companies
        www.lunchat.com
        Blog (company summaries) - www.lunchat.com/events

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