CES 2022, the organizers are ready to return to "almost normal"

CES 2022, the organizers are ready to return to almost normal

CES 2022

The 2021 edition of CES (Consumer Electronic Show), one of the most important events in the world relating to the world of electronics, was held completely digitally due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic during the first months of this year. Obviously, despite the considerable resources to offer both exhibitors and the press and users in general an experience as immersive as possible, the overall impact has been lower than in past editions, given the lack of personally testing the preview products in the field.

Fortunately, the pandemic, also by virtue of a massive vaccination campaign, is slowly being eradicated and numerous companies are already thinking about the future. Among these is also the Consumer Technology Association, which recently announced its intention to organize CES 2022 as an event that will combine events both in person and in digital format. Once again, CES will be held in Las Vegas, more specifically between January 5 and January 8, with early press access starting January 3.

Obviously, since it will be the first post pandemic event, various guidelines will be adopted to provide maximum safety to participants and exhibitors. Furthermore, it must be considered that, potentially, people, after the last few months, will be a little worried about participating in such a large event, not to mention that not everyone will be adequately protected by vaccines. In 2020, the CES had registered as many as 170,000 visits, but most likely this number will be significantly lower in 2022.

For the moment we just have to wait a few more months to find out which exhibitors will be present, even if the participation of major companies such as AMD, Intel, Google, Amazon, Apple and Sony, among others, is practically taken for granted.

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CES 2022 will be held in-person in Las Vegas and online

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: CES 2022 will be held in-person in Las Vegas and online © Provided by Mashable CES 2022 will be held in-person in Las Vegas and online

After an all-online 2021 event, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is coming back to Las Vegas.

The Consumer Technology Association made it official with an announcement on Wednesday. CES 2022 will take place from Jan. 5-8 next year, with media days on Jan. 3-4. The CTA said a quadruple-digit number of companies including Amazon, Sony, and Lenovo have committed to showing off their upcoming wares at the event, which is a welcome sign given the relatively sparse selection at the 2021 online show.

CES might be an in-person gathering again, but the CTA is adapting some of that online energy from this year into next year's show. Viewers at home will be able to stream some keynotes and announcements, which is a godsend both to regular folks who are curious about what's coming in tech and media members who may not feel safe attending a convention in January.

Now you might be wondering: How will an in-person CES work while keeping COVID safety in mind? More than 50 percent of adults in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and even with recent concerns about vaccine hesitancy, that number is only going to go up between now and January. Still, precautions might still be necessary by then. Here's the entirety of what the CTA had to say about it:

CTA will be reviewing guidelines for coronavirus safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state and local guidelines. CTA will be following applicable federal, state and local laws, adapting CES plans accordingly and sharing updates with its audiences. 

In other words, we don't know how COVID will affect in-person attendance at CES 2022. Maybe attendees will have to wear masks. Maybe they won't. Maybe attendance will be capped at a lower level than usual, but then again, maybe not. It's a fluid situation. Regardless, if you missed traveling to Vegas for a few sleepless nights in January this past year, you can look forward to doing it again next year.