CES returned to Las Vegas last week, welcoming well over 40,000 in-person attendees in-person, including 1,800 members of the global media. While the number was quite a drop from the 170,000 people who walked the show floor in 2020, just before the world closed down due to the pandemic, this year's attendance marked a dramatic return for the face-to-face event — despite the last-minute dropout of a number of exhibitors due to the current Covid surge. The show had plenty of participants from around the world, with 30 percent representing 119 countries traveling in from outside the United States. A concurrent digital version of the event was available to all who couldn't travel to attend in person, and the online content will remain available to attendees through the end of the month.
The gadget show concluded on Friday, after debuting thousands of products hoping to make the world better and solve global challenges. More than 2,300 exhibiting companies from around the world were represented, including more than 800 startups. Launched products featured artificial intelligence, automotive technology, digital health, smart-home tools and more.
“Innovation came to life this week at CES 2022 — with technologies that will reshape industries and provide solutions to pressing worldwide issues from health care to agriculture, sustainability and beyond,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and produces the event. “The CES show floor buzzed with the joy of human interaction and a five-sense innovation experience with products that will redefine our future and change our world for the better.”
Added Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES: “After two years of not being able to connect in person, we were thrilled to welcome our industry back together again face-to-face to experience the latest innovation at CES 2022.”
Key Trends at CES 2022
The show featured technologies that aim to spur business and shift markets, with major brands including Bosch, Canon, Hisense, HTC, LG Electronics, Nvidia, Samsung Electronics, Sony, Panasonic and Qualcomm. Among the trends:
Vehicle technology was front and center at the show, with more than 190 automotive companies exhibiting, including BMW, Hyundai, Indy Autonomous Challenge, Stellantis, and VinFast, Vietnam’s first automaker.
The latest in telemedicine, connected health devices and improved health features in wearables were highlights, allowing consumers to take better control of their own health. Exhibitors such as Abbott, Essence and Baracoda Daily Healthtech showed their latest products.
Products and technologies featuring AI are pushing for smarter, more efficient and customizable products, advancing nearly every major industry from agriculture to health care, automotive, manufacturing and entertainment. Companies on-site included John Deere, featuring the first fully autonomous tractor; and Beyond Honeycomb, whose AI-enabled robot preps and cooks customizable meals.
More than 800 startups from 19 countries were featured in Eureka Park, the startup hub for CES 2022. The SkyDrive air taxi was one of the standouts, along with ScenTronix and its EveryHuman algorithmic perfumery; and Orbisk, an AI-powered, fully automated food-waste monitoring system. The Venetian Expo also featured a first-time European Pavilion highlighting the latest tech advancements from Europe.
CES will return to Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2023.