Tech Fair Draws Thousands To Las Vegas Despite Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, USA – Despite the pandemic and the advance of the omicron variant in the United States, the world’s largest technology conference, the Consumer Electronics Show 2022, has started, albeit in a hybrid way, both in Las Vegas as through the internet. Big companies like Google and Amazon withdrew out of fear of the omicron variant. But the organizers have considered that the show must continue. Last year, the fair was held virtually for the first time in its history. This year, more than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world began to present their products and services. About 15,000 people registered to attend CES in person in the past 10 days, organizers said. More than 1,900 companies have pledged to attend the exhibition, roughly half the pre-pandemic level. Major companies like Sony Electronics and industry executives, including General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra, plan to travel to Las Vegas, although some, including Nvidia Corp, have planned a largely virtual presence for some time. Despite the absences for fear of omicron, the organizers assure that the CES still has much to offer. “There are a lot of different things, from robotics to artificial intelligence and 5G and many other technologies, including food technology, space technology,” said Gary Shapiroel president of the Consumer Technology Association, the group that organizes the show, to Reuters. Samsung’s exhibition at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5, 2021. Several big names, including Samsung and Hyundai, are also participating in person this year and they do so with futuristic products that put the emphasis on the environment and the world of the metaverse. “From a technology perspective, combining our robotics with the metaverse will have a huge impact. Our mobility solutions will expand into what we call metamobility, “Euisun Chung, President of Hyundai Motor Group, told AP agency. Also at CES will be startups and smaller companies with products ranging from common uses to inventions. And, as in previous years, there will also be a strong presence from the automotive industry, with a focus this year on autonomous vehicles, including trucks. Despite the presence of major technology companies, some experts believe that this year’s CES loses impact due to the absence of Google and Amazon. “Usually this is where we hear the biggest announcements from the biggest names (…) With so many big players pulling out, you can really feel like CES isn’t it will be what we hoped it could be “, Michael Josh Villanueva, technology expert, assured AP. We are not unrealistic: the fair is going to be smaller this year. or, “Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Consumer Technology Association, told Reuters. “It allows us to widen the corridors and accommodate social distancing.” However, Foster said interest in in-person assistance continues “in full swing.” All attendees will be required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination for the show, which is open January 5-8. * This report contains information from Reuters and Ap. Connect with the ! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.