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2013 International CES Summary  (1/2013)
    Consumer Electronics Show

    by Douglas Dixon

       -- www.cesweb.org

        Previous years

        See also - Holiday Gadgets 2012:


2013 International CES

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has wrapped up its run in Las Vegas from Tuesday, January 8 through Friday, January 11, 2013 (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.

After the show, the CEA reported that the 2013 International CES was the largest in the show's 45+ year history, with 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space (equivalent to some 37 football fields). The previous record was 1.86 million net square feet of space at the 2012 International CES. More than 3,250 exhibitors unveiled some 20,000 new products at the 2013 CES, drawing more than 150,000 attendees, including more than 35,000 from more than 170 countries outside the United States.

The CEA also higlighted major product launches occurred across the 15 product categories at the show:

  • Wireless/smartphones - launch of Sony’s Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend Mate and ZTE Grand S.
  • Video displays - LG featured its touchscreen Ultra HD, Sony launched the first Ultra HD OLED display, Samsung featured its bendable OLED and Hisense launched its transparent 3DTV.
  • Digital Health and fitness - new products from Fitbit, Withings and BodyMedia.
  • Vehicles - Audi and Lexus featured driverless vehicle technologies.
  • Gaming - launch of Nvidia’s Project Shield, the Oculus Rift, the Sifteo and Razer Edge.
  • Other noteworthy products launched included: the Valve SteamBox, Tobii eye recognition technology, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smart watch, Qualcomm’s Vuforia augmented reality, multi-device connectivity from Ultraviolet, NFC technology from LG and Sony, tabletop applications from Lenovo, MakerBot’s Replicator 2x and Samsung’s Smart TVs with voice recognition.

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


  CES 2013: Attendees in the hallway outside the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (CEA)


CES Summary

  • 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
        $206 B U.S. consumer electronics industry
  • World's largest consumer technology tradeshow (2012)
      North America’s largest tradeshow of any kind
  • 2012 - 156,153 attend (audited), 35,734 international, from 150+ countries
         3319 exhibitors (+22%), 1.86 million net sq. ft. exhibit space
              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
         CES generates more than 5,000 stories about its exhibitors and the industry
        $170 B U.S. consumer electronics industry
  • 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 2013: Attendees at the LG booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (CEA)

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CES Press / Blog Coverage


CES 2013 Press Releases

CES 2013 News Articles

CES 2013 Wrap-Ups

CES 2013 Media / Blog Coverage

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

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 2013 - Show Locations

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
  • 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
  • CES TechZones, including Eureka Park, Kids@Play and Sustainable Planet
  • 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 / LVH (Las Vegas Hotel & Casino) [was Hilton]

  • Digital Imaging/Photography Exhibits
  • PMA@CES (Paradise Center)
  • CES TechZones, including PMA@CES, iLounge Pavilion and Safe Driver
  • http://www.thelvh.com

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CES - Exhibits


Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Exhibits

  • North Hall
    • Automotive Electronics, Lifestyle Electronics
    • TechZones including GoElectric Drive, Safe Driver and iLounge Pavilion
  • Central Hall
    • Audio, Video, Content Distribution, Entertainment/Content
  • South Hall
    • Ground level:
      • Connected Home, Digital Health, Electronic Gaming, Lifestyle Electronics
      • Additional Audio, Computer Hardware & Software, Emerging Technology, Video
      • TechZones including CEPro@CES, Gaming Showcase, MEMS and Robotics
    • Upper Level:
      • Computer Hardware & Software, Digital Imaging, Emerging Technology
      • Internet-Based Multimedia Services, Telecommunications Infrastructure
      • Wireless and Wireless Devices
      • TechZones including Wireless Mobility

Tech Zones

  • themed areas, group new technology markets - up-and-coming products, services, companies
  • CEPro@CES
  • Connectivity Alliances TechZone
  • Digital Health Summit
  • Eureka Park - Start-ups
  • Experience CEA
  • FitnessTech
  • G.hn - HomeGrid Forum - wired home networking over powerline, phone line, coaxial cable
  • Gaming Showcase
  • GoElectricDrive - Electric vehicles and charge stations
  • HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface
  • HigherEdTECH
  • iLounge Pavilion - third-party accessories and software for Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macintosh
  • Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase
  • International Gateway
  • Kids@Play
  • MEMS - in mobile phones, game consoles, tablet PCs and other hot CE devices
  • MobileTV
  • MommyTech
  • PMA@CES - Photo Marketing Association - digital imaging/photography
  • Robotics
  • Safe Driver
  • Silvers Summit - boomers
  • Sustainable Planet
  • USB
  • Wall of Apps
  • Wireless Mobility Brought to You by Qualcomm
  • ZigBee - wireless networking, sensing and control

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CES - Conference Program


Presentations - Events and Conference Programs

Conference Tracks (Partner Programs)

  • Broadband Unlimited
  • Business Insights
  • Cable Conference at CES
  • CONNECTIONS Summit
  • Content and Disruptive Technologies
  • Content in the Cloud
  • Digital Health Summit
  • Digital Hollywood
  • Emerging Technology
  • Games Summit at CES
  • HigherEdTECH
  • Home Entertainment
  • The International Academy of Web Television Presents: The Digital Entertainment Transformation
  • In-Vehicle Technology
  • Lifestyle Technologies
  • MacTech Insight
  • MEMS and the Consumer Connection
  • PMA@CES Conference Sessions
  • Connect2Car
  • Silvers Summit
  • Smartphones and Tablets Conference
  • Tweet House Presents: Innovations in Social Business
  • Variety's Entertainment Summit: Film & Technology
  • Variety's Entertainment Summit: TV & Technology
  • Wireless Communications
  • http://www.cesweb.org/Conference-Program

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CES - Press Events


Press Events

  • Press Attendance
        2011, 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/For-The-Press/Exhibitor-Press-Events-Schedule.aspx


  CES 2013: 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

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