Consumer Electronics Show – Where consumer technology innovations are launched

Las VegasThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just closed its doors for this year. CES is an internationally renowned electronics and technology annual trade show in Las Vegas, that attracting major companies and industry professionals worldwide. I visited in January ten years ago, in 2004.

Over the years, many consumer technology innovations have been launched at CES. Some of them are in the table below. In recent years new standards have often been developed in cooperation between the big brands, maybe driven by the expensive competition for video tape standard in the 1980s. Interestingly, Apple does not participate at the trade show, opting to have their own events.

Product Year Company
Videocassette recorder (VCR) 1970 Sony
Laserdisc player 1974 MCA and Philips
Camcorder 1981 JVC (VHS) and Sony (Betamax)
Compact Disk player (CD) 1981 Philips and Sony
Digital Audio Technology (DAT) 1990 Sony
Compact Disc Interactive 1991 Philips
Mini Disc 1993 Sony
Radio Data System (RDS) 1993 European Broadcasting Union
Digital Satellite System 1994 Thomson
Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) 1996 Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic
High Definition Television (HDTV) 1998 Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)
Hard-disc VCR (PVR) 1999 ReplayTV and TiVo
Digital Audio Radio (DAR) 2001 BBC
Microsoft Xbox 2001 Microsoft
Plasma TV 2001 Panasonic
Home Media Server 2002 Microsoft
Blu-Ray Disc 2003 Blu-ray Disc Association

Below is a video from Bloomberg, summing up close to 50 years of the Consumer Electronics Show.

CES over the decades

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