Retail Observer

May 2017

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM MAY 2017 10 C ES ® 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world's leading innovation event, cementing CES' place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards (released in 2002), as well as more recent technologies — consumer 3D printers, tablets, and 4K ultra HD television. CES has also driven the market growth in pioneering technologies such as autonomous cars and drones. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the 50th anniversary of CES celebrated the evolution of the industry January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. "Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. "Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we CES CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF TECH CES in the '70s—While the world was enthralled with bell- bottom pants and "The Brady Bunch," CES moved into the 70s showing off the latest technology of the decade. TVs, turntables and stereos filled the show floor as CES grew. Some companies have serious staying power and create ideas that last. Companies that exhibited at CES in the 1970s that are still there today include Pioneer, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Philips. The VCR was one of the most beloved technologies of the '70s and '80s launched right here at CES in 1970. The VCR transformed the way we consumed video content. Belle Wood showcased their audio line, from home stereos to automotive equipment. 1970-79

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