As the popular consumer electronics show, CES 2021, wrapped up last week, let’s see all the intriguing product launches and technologies that it has showcased in its events. Over a period of more than 50 years, it continues to be a global stage of innovation.
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- 1967: First CES held in New York City with the introduction of techs like Pocket radios and TVs with ICs.
- 1979: Atari 400 and 800 computers launched.
- Bill Gates introduced the first BASIC compiler for the Apple II.
- 1981: Philips and Sony’s joint CD player.
- 1985: Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Entertainment System.
- Apple Inc. unveils Newton MessagePad.
- 2001: Microsoft’s Xbox console unveiled RBRC announces inclusion of consumer rechargeable batteries.
- 2002: Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition launched
- 2003: Sony and SanDisk’s Memory Stick PRO + Adobe’s Adobe Photoshop Album.
- 2004: Blu-Ray Disc Association’s Blu-Ray format.
- 2006: Philips’ rollable display prototype + Hillcrest Labs’s software that allowed TV to be controlled with natural gestures.
- 2008: Panasonic’s 150″ Plasma TV
- 2009: OLED TV, Multi-touch smartphone Palm Pre, 3D projectors and stereoscopic 3D stereo webcam
- 2010: Intel Infoscape, run on the Intel Core i7 processor + Parrot’s AR.Drone, which could streams video via WiFi to a phone.
- 2011: Motorola Xoom tablet + 4G smartphones like HTC Thunderbolt unveiled.
- 2013: Samsung’s Galaxy S2 Plus smartphone, Sony’s quantum dot display technology.
- 2014: First Li-Fi smartphone prototype revealed that could convert light waves into usable energy.
- High-beam headlights in Audi vehicles.
- 2016: Mobile wireless charging, shown by Energous, Ossia, and WiTricity.
- 2017: First case of “industrial espionage” with Razer’s launch product, triple-screen gaming laptops, stolen during the show.
- 2018: World’s first Robot Strippers.
- 2019: Honda‘s Autonomous Work Vehicle and P.A.T.H. (Predicting Action of The Human) Bot.
- 2020: Uber Elevate initiative for aerial ridesharing.
- The Burj Khalifa was constructed by Samsung. Samsung built the tower in a joint venture with BESIX from Belgium and Arabtec from the UAE.
- Razer Inc. is a Singaporean–American multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, financial services, and gaming hardware. In October 2020, Razer announced it was launching a new virtual prepaid debit card starting with its home country Singapore in January 2021.
- The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City. It was a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, which, until then, had served as the main event for exhibiting consumer electronics. The event had 17,500 attenders and over 100 exhibitors; the kickoff speaker was Motorola chairman Bob Galvin.