What is CES?

The show first started in 1967 when it was hosted in New York City as a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, this show had been the main event for consumer electronics.

It started off at a decent size, with around 17,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors as Motorola chairman Bob Galvin got it under way.

For nearly two decades, from 1978 to 1994, there was two CES shows a year, one in Chicago and one in Vegas. This was changed to just one a year in 1998 after touring different cities from 1995 proved unsuccessful.


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Consumer Electronics Show

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