By Maximilian Clarke
With more than 100 new products already unveiled last night for the press event, the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the second largest in history as the 1.8 million sq ft convention hall opens its doors to the public.
More than 2,700 companies debut the next generation of innovative products across all sectors of the consumer electronics industry. The 2011 show welcomed 149,529 technology attendees and spanned more than 1.6 million net square feet of exhibit space. The largest CES was in 2008, with a record-breaking 1.857 million net square feet of exhibit space.
"CES is the global stage for innovation," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "Every major technology company across the globe is participating in force at this year's CES. While many exhibit on the show floor, others send key executives to conduct meetings, participate in keynote panels, or hold their own events in Las Vegas this week to take advantage of the braintrust of technology professionals gathered here." In addition to the 2,700 exhibitors at this year's show, every major tech company, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, HP and Dell, is sending significant delegations to CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.
With more than 5,000 members of the press covering the International CES, this week is slated to be packed with new announcements from CE companies of all sizes. According to CNET, "this is the most preshow news we've seen in years, both in terms of formal announcements and flat-out leaks." Breaking coverage of all the latest CES news can also be found at CESweb.org/news, and B-roll HD footage can be found at CESweb.org/press/CES-B-roll.htm. Since 1967, CES has been the launch pad for several major technology innovations.
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