The 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.
|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|
|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|
|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.