CES 2009: Smaller Crowds, Smaller Gadgets
Though the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009 officially begins tomorrow, the action is already underway in Vegas. This show is smaller than last year's in terms of attendance and exhibitors, likely due to the limping economy.
Last year's event seemed to be all about big ol' televisions that were wafer-thin, but everything I'm seeing so far this year (albeit remotely) is all about the small. I find this sort of thing more compelling, since a pocket-sized projector is far more useful to me than a 60-inch flatscreen.
The CEA expects about 130,000 people will attend this year, down 11,000 from last year. And about 2,700 exhibitors are expected to attend, down from 3,000 in 2008.
Officially, the 41-year-old trade show begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Unofficially, the meetings, parties, press conferences, demonstrations and the like already have started.
We saw everything from a Bluetooth headset that looks like a big earring to an Internet tablet that helps hearing-impaired users stay in touch.
)fficial site: CES 2009