CES 2016 To Be Bigger Than Ever… With Nothing Big Really Happening?

CES 2016 To Be Bigger Than Ever… With Nothing Big Really Happening?
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The International Consumer Electronics Show is set to begin in Las Vegas. The year is going to be the biggest year for CES 2016, since it is expanding. To accumulate 150,000 attendees, CES this year will expand up to 2.4 million square feet space. Then why does James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester, say that CES 2016 isn’t going to be big?


McQuivey believes that CES 2016 has no focus this year. Earlier, the show used to revolve around one latest technology, like tablets or e-readers, but 2016 is different. “It’s actually hard to get excited about CES this year because there’s no focus,” said Mr. McQuivey. He added, “When you think back about some of the more legendary CES years — they were the years of the tablet like 2011, or the years of the e-reader, which was 2010 — those are years where everyone knew there was one big thing happening and you had to go see them. This year, there is no equivalent of that.”

But does that really mean the show is going to be a flop? There is, after all, virtual reality to look forward to at CES 2016. It is one of the hippest things today. We will also get to see a number of cheap virtual reality headsets at the show other than the Oculus Rift. Then again, we have Intel at CES 2016. Intel is going to add power to many machines this year. So this is another thing we cannot ignore at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

Talking about Intel, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro said, “Intel’s innovations, which power tablets, wearables, PCs, smart cars, homes, appliances, cloud computing and so much more are serving as the foundation for the burgeoning Internet of Things.”

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There will a lot happenings in automobiles, wearables, home offerings, and eCommerce. Fashion and tech companies may also come together and announce partnerships. Partnerships may lead to changes in payment systems. For instance, your smartwatch or smartphone may turn into a payment device in 2016, a technology that experts are working on for a long time.

Keep watching this space for more updates on the International Consumer Electronics Show 2016.