The 2013 International CES hit Vegas last week, January 7-10, unveiling the largest show in its 45+ year history with 37 football fields of exhibit space and more than 3,250 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees on hand. TransWorld Business made the trek this year to scope out the latest and greatest in innovative technology, and put together this brief look at just a portion of the floor.
Photos: Allen Malone
Las Vegas, NV - 01/11/2013 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that the 2013 International CES® is the largest in the show's 45+ year history, with 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space. 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. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 International CES is the world's largest annual innovation event and concluded today.
"Innovation abounded at the 2013 CES and executives from every major industry that touches technology were here this week," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. "From amazing new products, to CEA's new book Ninja Innovation, to our new publication - It Is Innovation (i3), innovation prevailed across 37 football fields of technology at the 2013 International CES. Our event is the biggest mobile show to kick-off the year and showcase our new mobile future."
Major product launches occurred across all 15 product categories at the 2013 CES. In wireless/smartphones, highlights include the launch of Sony's Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend Mate and ZTE Grand S. In 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 launches included new products from Fitbit, Withings and BodyMedia. Audi and Lexus featured driverless vehicle technologies. For gamers, the 2013 CES saw the launch of Nvidia's Project Shield, the Oculus Rift, the Sifteo and Razer Edge. Other noteworthy products launched at the 2013 CES 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.
The 2013 CES showcased the exciting innovations and industry growth coming from startups and tech-health products. The Eureka Park exhibits — presented in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Startup America — grew 50 percent, showcasing innovative new companies looking to gain footing in the consumer electronics (CE) industry. HealthSpot's breakthrough telehealth kiosk exemplified how products sitting at the intersection of health and technology are being introduced at CES.
Industry leaders and visionaries from Qualcomm, Panasonic, Verizon, Samsung, Andreesen Horowitz, Bump Technologies, ZocDoc, RockMelt, i.am.plus,llc., Media Link, Salesforce.com, AT&T, American Express, Coca Cola and Unilever presented keynote addresses. Executive delegations from thousands of global companies attended the 2013 CES to meet with current and future customers.
"If you are a player in technology, you were at the 2013 CES," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of the International CES and corporate business strategy. "Every major company, from Amazon, Google, Groupon Goods, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube, was here this week participating in the 'Super Bowl of technology,' demonstrating the relevance and impact of the 2013 International CES."
CEA released its second book, Ninja Innovation: the Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses, at the 2013 CES. Authored by CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, Ninja Innovation follow's CEA's 2011 New York Times bestseller The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. With more than 30 years at CEA, Shapiro has worked with some of the most innovative companies in history and knows what it takes to build a successful business. Shapiro was on hand throughout the show for various book signings. All proceeds from sales of both books are funneled back into industry initiatives.
CEA also launched It Is Innovation (i3) magazine at the 2013 CES, a magazine dedicated to showcasing all aspects of innovation in technology, policy, business and engineering in the consumer technology industry. The magazine celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in inventions and startups, the ideas, strategies and leadership skills that exemplify the industry.
The 2013 CES was a star-studded event with celebrity guests from musical icons, Hollywood stars and TV personalities promoting the latest technologies. Actress Felicia Day served as the Ambassador for the Entertainment Matters Program. In its third year, Entertainment Matters at CES is designed by and for Hollywood film, television and digital communities. Musical performances by Adam Levine and two members of multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award winning band, Maroon 5, during Qualcomm's preshow keynote and the Alicia Keys concert at the Monster Awards were two highlights amongst dozens of celebrity appearances.
The 2013 International CES also featured government officials from the U.S. and around the world, including 12 members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, six state elected officials and five members of the Federal Communications Commission, including Chairman Julius Genachowski. Other representatives from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Energy were also in attendance.
CEA conducts an independent audit of attendance at the International CES and verified figures will be available in the spring. For more news on the 2013 International CES, visit CESweb.org. The International CES will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, January 7-Friday, January 10, 2014.