About CES

CES® Is the Global Stage for Innovation 

CES® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world's biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector.


About CES

CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.

It also includes a conference program where the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers address the industry's most relevant issues.

Find out more about the thought leaders and industry innovators who come to CES by checking out the CES 2020 Attendance Audit Summary (PDF).

Product Categories

  • 3D Printing
  • Accessibility
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Audio/High-End/High Performance
  • Cloud Services
  • Computer Hardware
  • Content and Streaming Services
  • Cyber Security and Privacy
  • Digital Health
  • Digital Imaging/Photography
  • Drones
  • Education
  • Fitness
  • Gaming
  • Lifestyle (Family, Beauty, Pet)
  • Mobile Payments/Digital Finance/E-Commerce
  • Public Policy/Government
  • Resilience and Sustainability
  • Robotics
  • Sensors and Biometrics
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Home
  • Software and Apps
  • Space Technology
  • Sports Technology and Esports
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Video
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Wearables
  • Wellness
  • Wireless Devices
  • Wireless Services
  • Other Consumer Technology

World-Changing Innovations Announced at CES

The first CES took place in New York City in June 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including many that have transformed our lives.

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  • Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970
  • Laserdisc Player, 1974
  • Camcorder and Compact Disc Player, 1981
  • Digital Audio Technology, 1990
  • Compact Disc - Interactive, 1991
  • Digital Satellite System (DSS), 1994
  • Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996
  • High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998
  • Hard-disc VCR (PVR), 1999
  • Satellite Radio, 2000
  • Microsoft Xbox and Plasma TV, 2001
  • Home Media Server, 2002
  • Blu-Ray DVD and HDTV PVR, 2003
  • HD Radio, 2004
  • IP TV, 2005
  • Convergence of content and technology, 2007
  • OLED TV, 2008
  • 3D HDTV, 2009
  • Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010
  • Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Ford’s Electric Focus, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011
  • Ultrabooks, 3D OLED, Android 4.0 Tablets, 2012
  • Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology, 2013
  • 3D Printers, Sensor Technology, Curved UHD, Wearable Technologies, 2014
  • 4K UHD, Virtual Reality, Unmanned Systems, 2015

Future Show Dates

Future CES show dates:

  • ​Jan. 5-8, 2022 (Wednesday-Saturday)
  • Jan. 5-8, 2023 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 9-12, 2024 (Tuesday-Friday)

Contact Us

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
866-233-7968 (U.S.)
+1 703-907-7605 (Outside U.S.)
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History of CES. The first Consumer Electronic Show kicked off in 1967, with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees in New York City. Since then, CES has grown by more than 10-fold and now encompasses both traditional and non-traditional tech industries.

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