The Small Scale CES Gadget Show Returns to the Las Vegas Strip | Nevada News


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Thousands of people have gathered in Las Vegas for a tech conference that has been cut back due to precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The floors of the CES gadget show opened on Wednesday with conference attendees required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

“We know this CES is going to be different,” said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association, the event’s organizer. He spoke at an opening ceremony to launch the show.

The trade group did not disclose attendance figures, but said it expects tens of thousands of people for the multi-day event, but not as many as the 170,000 who showed up at the last. CES physics two years ago. This year’s exhibition features 2,300 exhibitors from 19 countries, CTA said.

A number of major tech companies have pulled out ahead of the show over concerns over the rapid spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. Some of these companies are still participating digitally.

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke virtually from Detroit for a keynote address on Wednesday, but celebrity Paris Hilton was scheduled to give an in-person talk later today on digital assets known as NFT , or non-fungible tokens.

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