Some 140000 Attend CES 2011
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – featuring sophisticated printers, ink and toner cartridges – welcomed over 140,000 people, the event's organisers have said, as the event wraps up today.
CES, held this year in Las Vegas, is the technology industry's premier trade show, showcasing some of the most up-to-date designs and products from firms all over the world.
Organisers the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said the 2011 show set several new records, including 30,000 international attendees and keynote speeches from 21 top chief executive officers, including Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and Boo-Keun Yoon of Samsung.
Some of the hottest new trends to emerge from the expo included the launch of over 80 tablet devices, the unveiling of wireless 4G, smart appliances, and electric vehicles. Ford unveiled its first electric car, the Focus Electric, at the show.
"The 2011 International CES was a phenomenal worldwide event that spanned global industries including technology, automotive and entertainment markets," said Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive officer, CEA.
"This global technology gathering featured more innovation, more news, more social media buzz and more international attendance than any other show in CES history."
The CEA said that since January 3rd, over 158,000 CES-related tweets have been sent through the microblogging site Twitter.
CES was even graced with the presence of Lady Gaga, who launched a range of Polaroid products, including a mobile printer and a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera.
Posted by Johnny McMaster.