Every major unveil since 1967 at Consumer Electronic Show

The event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City. Since then CES had became the main event for exhibiting consumer electronics.

Here’s the list of every major unveil that had happened on CES since 1967.


The first CES was held in New York City from June 24 to 28, 1967. The 200 exhibitors attracted 17,500 attendees over those four days. On view: the latest pocket radios and TVs with integrated circuits.


Philips unveiled the first-ever home VCR, the N1500 videocassette recorder. Until that point, VCRs cost upward of $50,000 and were used mainly by TV stations, but the Philips model with a built-in tuner was just $900.


Winter CES held January 7–9 in Chicago, Per the show guide, it included video (with television receivers and video systems panels), audio (including CB radio, radio, audio compacts, audio components, and tape equipment panels), and calculator and watch areas, considered separate component conferences.


Winter CES held January in Las Vegas. Atari 400 and 800 computers introduced.

Summer CES held June 3–6 in Chicago, Features included personal communications, retail advertising, promotion and store layout, exports, video, audio, auto sound/telephone sales, and a large series of retail sales and sales management breakouts.


Summer CES June 6 at Chicago saw the first appearance of Commodore 64 and General Consumer Electronics’ (GCE) Vectrex.


Capcom unveils Mega Man X for the first Time in North America.


Microsoft demonstrated a preview version of Windows XP Media Center Edition at CES 2002.


The Blu-ray Group held at the January 2004 CES the first US press conference to promote the Blu-ray Disc format.


The 2005 CES was from January 6 to 9, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Where Samsung showed off a 102-inch (2.6 m) plasma television.


The 2006 exhibition took place on January 5–8, 2006, HDTV was a central theme in the Bill Gates keynote as well as many of the other manufacturer’s speeches. The standards competition between HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, with some of the first HD movie releases[22] and first HD players being announced at the show. Hillcrest Labs won the “Best Of Innovations” award in the video accessories category for software and hardware that allows a television to be controlled with natural gestures. Attendance was over 150,000 individuals in 1.67 million net square feet of space, making it the largest electronics event in the United States.


The 2007 exhibition took place on January 8–11, 2007. Bill Gates gave his ninth pre-show keynote address on the Sunday evening. The opening keynote was presented by Gary Shapiro (President/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts the event), with Ed Zander, Chairman/CEO of Motorola. Other keynote speakers scheduled included Robert Iger from The Walt Disney CompanyMichael Dell, founder of Dell Inc., and Leslie Moonves of CBS.

In the gaming section for Windows Vista and DirectX 10, there were two games shown: Age of Conan and Crysis.


The 2008 exhibition was from January 7 to 10, 2008, in Las Vegas with 141,150 attendees. Bill Gates gave the keynote speech, in which he formally announced his retirement from his day-to-day duties at Microsoft. Along with the announcement, he presented a lengthy comedy skit on what his last day with Microsoft would be like, complete with cameos from celebrities including Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and many others.

Panasonic attracted much attention by releasing a 150″ Plasma TV, as well as a 50″ TV as thin as 0.46 in. (11.6 mm).


The 2009 exhibition, held January 7–10, 2009, attracted 113,085 attendees. Among more than 2,700 exhibiting companies were approximately 300 first-time exhibitors.

Several highlights include organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions, the Palm PreMattel MindFlex Game, pico projectors, the Marvell SheevaPlug plug computer, and 3D projectors.

The Minoru 3D Webcam, a USB webcam that is billed as the world’s first stereoscopic 3D consumer stereo webcam won the “Fans Favorite” award. Dell introduced its Dell Adamo subnotebook.

CES 2009 suffered 22 percent or more attendance drop, which was attributed to the global financial crisis.


The 2010 exhibition was held January 7–10, 2010, and attracted more than 120,000 attendees. Highlights include the Intel Infoscape, which is run on the Intel Core i7 processor.

One computer ran two 7-feet (2.1 m) screens, displaying 576 cubes hooked up to 20,000 info sources, including 20 live video feeds. Visitors would touch one of the cubes, and an infobox displaying that content would come forward.

It was the most spectacular demo we saw at CES 2010. Equally impressive, Parrot presented the 1st prototype of Parrot AR.Drone, a remote-controlled flying toy which streams video via wi-fi to an iPhone.


The 2011 exhibition was held from January 6 to 9, 2011. CESWEB is reporting that their pre-audit numbers show an attendance of 128,949.

Many tablets were introduced in 2011’s show, such as the Motorola Xoom tablet, winning Best of Show, which runs Android Honeycomb. Many 4G phones were also unveiled at the show, including the LG RevolutionSamsung Infuse 4GHTC ThunderboltSony Ericsson Xperia ArcMotorola CLIQ 2Motorola Droid Bionic, and Motorola Atrix 4G. In a push towards mobile devices, Microsoft demonstrated an early version of the next release of the Windows operating system, running on ARM-based devices.

3D TVs were introduced by many giants, such as Mitsubishi’s 92-inch model of its 2011 lineup of theater-sized 3D Home Cinema TVs. Toshiba also unveiled its Glasses Free 4K 3D TV prototype. Samsung announced the Plasma 3D HD TV series named D8000 and LG introduced the LED 3D TV of its Infinia Nano series.

3net, a 3DTV channel co-owned by Discovery CommunicationsSony, and IMAX, was previewed.


The 2012 exhibition was held from January 8 to 13, 2012. Microsoft released an official statement saying that CES 2012 will be Microsoft’s last appearance at the event. Intel was caught falsifying a demo of their new Ivy Bridge processors. AMD demonstrated their new Trinity APUs.

Parrot presented the “world’s most advanced headphones” the Parrot ZIK By Starck.


The 2013 International CES, Over 3,000 exhibitors showcased a wide range of innovative products this year. CES 2013 was known for what was billed as an insane opening by Qualcomm. This year the categories include 3D, Accessories, Audio, Automotive Electronics, Embedded Technology, Lifestyle Electronics, Wireless & Wireless Devices to name a few.

Major announcements during this edition were:

  • Samsung unveils multi-view TVs and Flexible OLED Display Youm
  • Sony announced Sony Xperia Z smartphone, and Samsung Announced Galaxy S2 plus smartphone.
  • Sony announces TRILUMINOS quantum dot display technology.
  • Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 600 & 800 processors that can bring 4K recording capability in Mobile Phones
  • Intel reveals ATOM processor for embedded markets as well as Bay Trail
  • Panasonic announces a wide range of smart TVs. The Panasonic’s Smart Viera HDTVs lineup includes 16 plasmas and 16 LEDs.
  • Razer announces Razer Edge tablet PC
  • Nvidia announces Android handheld Project Shield
  • Research In Motion shows off Blackberry 10 touch screen phone


The 2014 International CES was held during the week from January 7 to 10, 2014. The first Li-Fi smartphone prototype was presented at the show. The smartphone uses SunPartner’s Wysips CONNECT, a technique that converts light waves into usable energy, making the phone capable of receiving and decoding signals without drawing on its battery. The phone also has a transparent photovoltaic screen that lets light recharge the phone.

LG debuted its webOS on smartTVs and new 77-inch curved OLED Ultra HD TV. Samsung unveiled its curved TVs with two series of concave TVs.

Pebble announced the Pebble Steel smartwatch, which has a thin body, tactile metal buttons, and Corning Gorilla Glass. Laser diodes were unveiled at the show that are going to be used for high-beam headlights in Audi vehicles.


The 2015 International CES was held during the week January 6–9, 2015, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The 2015 CES was reportedly the largest in its history, with 3,600 exhibitors and 170,000 professional/industry attendees.


The 2016 CES was held January 6–9, 2016, in Las Vegas and 3,600 companies attended. One of the most anticipated technologies at 2016 CES was experiencing consumer device charging without wires—or “wireless power” –, as shown by companies like Energous, Ossia, and WiTricity.[85]


CES 2017 was held January 5–8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Even with tight security at the show, two prototype Razer triple-screen gaming laptops were stolen during the show. Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and chief executive officer of Razer, said that the company is treating the case as “industrial espionage”.


CES 2018 was held January 9–12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Many companies such as AmazonNvidia, and Google had a presence at the event.

The newest model of Sony’s Aibo companion robot was featured here, and was noticed as one of the standout items of 2018.

Companies offering wireless charging solutions were popular at CES 2018. Many vendors had shown off contact-based charging pads. Others demonstrated products delivering power at a distance. Some vendors exhibited near-field products (Energous, Powercast) and mid-field products (Ossia, uBeam). Wi-Charge has demonstrated first far-field charging product.


CES 2019 was held on January 8–11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada with 182K+ total attendants and 4.4K+ companies exhibited. Mercedes Benz debuted the second-generation CLA Class at the show.

Honda introduced the Autonomous Work Vehicle and P.A.T.H. (Predicting Action of The Human) Bot at the show. Russia’s search giant Yandex announced that they had been offering free driverless rides as a demo of their autonomous Yandex taxi service. There are 30 CES Innovation Award categories. CES Best of Innovation Honorees include the KitchenAid Cook Processor Connect, LG V40 ThinQ, Zumi RoboCar, Ring Spotlight Cam, Samsung 2019 Family Hub, and the 2018 Nissan Leaf for the second time in a row. Google had set up its Google Assistant-themed ride at their booth.

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