- The Consumer Technology Association has canceled the in-person CES 2021 occasion because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The commerce present might be a digital-only occasion this 12 months.
- You probably gained’t see a lot hands-on with the most recent tech in consequence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed one other commerce present sufferer. The Consumer Technology Association has canceled the in-person part of CES 2021, as a substitute switching to an “all-digital” occasion.
Unsurprisingly, the Association cited security because the driving issue. It’s “simply not attainable” to securely collect almost 200,000 attendees in Las Vegas in January whereas the virus remains to be a menace, CTA chief Gary Shapiro stated. The group had nonetheless been dedicated to a bodily occasion as not too long ago as early June, however that was additionally earlier than a surge in COVID-19 instances throughout components of the US. While a vaccine may very well be obtainable within the fall, it probably gained’t be broadly obtainable by the point CES takes place.
CES 2021: What will it’s like?
The CTA didn’t define simply how its online-only CES will work. However, it’s secure to say this may have a dramatic influence on the protection you possibly can anticipate from Android Authority, to not point out your probabilities to expertise CES first-hand.
To begin: this may probably rule out most hands-on protection, not less than as you’ve come to comprehend it at CES. While some firms may mail merchandise for hands-on time, you shouldn’t anticipate to see as a lot first-hand expertise with prototypes or different pre-release units. That, in flip, might make it troublesome to identify hidden gems or respect the bizarre tech that usually pops up at aspect occasions.
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This additionally guidelines out any in-person press occasions. However, that may not be a nasty factor for you. As with different tech occasions, that would make the displays extra accessible than ever earlier than. You ought to see extra keynotes and product launches streamed on-line, to not point out extra demonstration movies to make up for the shortage of cubicles.
And if you happen to nonetheless miss the environment of a standard CES, there’s nonetheless hope for the next 12 months. The CTA is planning for an in-person CES 2022 that melds the “finest components of a bodily and digital present.” The hands-on time may effectively return in a 12 months and a half, and it may very well be formed by the teachings realized from the 2021 exhibition.