2013 International CES Opens with Record Breaking Show
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
The 2013 International CES® opened its doors today featuring more than 3,250 exhibitors across 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space, breaking both space and exhibitor records that were set last year. Innovation propelled this year's preshow press events that kicked off with 74 companies showcasing their latest tech at CES Unveiled on Sunday night, and nearly 30 exhibitors launching new products during CES Press Day. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (News - Alert) (CEA)®, the 2013 International CES, the world's largest annual innovation event, opens today and runs through Friday, January 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Some 20,000 new products will launch this week at the 2013 International CES and we couldn't be more excited to kick off this record-breaking show," said Gary Shapiro (News - Alert), president and CEO, CEA. "CES has an incredible story to tell with every major technology company spanning the globe participating in this year's CES to showcase their innovations."
Qualcomm's chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Dr. Paul Jacobs, delivered the preshow keynote address Monday evening to highlight the company's mobile roots. "We are at the heart of mobile devices that are the center of everything you do," said Jacobs. He was joined on stage by Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer (News - Alert) to demo Microsoft Windows products that include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 10 processor. The Snapdragon 800 will be a premium processor for tablets, smartphones and full PCs and leverage the power of LTE (News - Alert), ultra HD and 7.1 surround.
It was a star-studded event with preview clips from two upcoming motion pictures debuted. Celebrity appearances were made by Director, Guillermo Del Toro, NASCAR's Brad Keselowski and Marc Jenkins, Star Trek Into the Darkness actor Alice Eve and Scott Chambers and Big Bird from Sesame Street. The event capped off with a performance by Adam Levine and two other members of multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award winning band Maroon 5.
Pre CES media events kicked off Sunday night with CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of CES. Seventy-four exhibiting companies drew one of the highest media crowds in Unveiled history with companies such as 3M Touch Systems, Body Media, Canopy Co., Chevrolet, Fitbug, Goal Zero, HAPI Labs, House f Marley, Hz0, Liquid Image, Matrix Audio, Parrot, Synaptics (News - Alert) and Urban Hello. Major trends included ultra-HDTV, hybrid tablets, flexible touch screen display, apps and mobile solutions.
Product announcements continued on Monday, January 7 with CES Press Day, featuring 28 exhibitor press conferences, the largest number of Press Day events in show history. Product announcements included:
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online: www.CE.org and www.DeclareInnovation.com. Follow CES at www.CESweb.org and through social media: http://facebook.com/InternationalCES, http://twitter.com/IntlCES, http://blog.ce.org/.