Event forecast: CES 2017 celebrates 50th anniversary

The first big tech event for the year on the global scene – CES 2017 happens this week in Las Vegas: 5-8 Jan (Thurs-Sun).

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space.

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – CES is expecting more than 165,000 attendees, with more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CES was first held in June 1967 in New York, with 17,500 attendees and 117 exhibitors.

Products on show included transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV.

Top companies which exhibited at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG).

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