The technology trade fair CES in Las Vegas is taking place this year in a slimmed-down form due to the coronavirus pandemic: the event in the entertainment hotspot in the US state of Nevada lasts three days instead of four, namely from January 5th to 7th. Some of the big companies in the industry, such as the Facebook parent company Meta, are staying away from the fair.
"CES is the biggest tech event in the world, it's usually where the big companies make announcements. All the companies are there. With so many big names cancelling, it feels like the show won't be what we hoped." , says tech writer Michael Josh Villanueva.
But even without the usual public traffic on site, the fair will remain a fixed point in the technology world, says journalist Nicole Scott. More than 2200 companies have announced their participation in Las Vegas.
Great innovations can also be followed remotely
"It's understandable that big companies have canceled because people come here to find out what big projects are coming up for the rest of the year. The big companies come here and introduce big innovations, but we can also follow them remotely and don't lose much by doing so. But at its core, CES is a trade show where companies show themselves to the world."
The fair took place for the first time in 1967, meanwhile its range of exhibitions not only includes classic fields of technology such as computers and telephones, but also areas such as health, sports and living.