IN PICTURES: 50 years of gadgets at CES

2017-01-04 07:45 - Gareth van Zyl
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The US city of Las Vegas will host CES 2017, marking 50 years of the show. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)

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Las Vegas - The world’s largest tech expo, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), turns 50 this week as it prepares to host its biggest showpiece yet.

For half a century, CES has witnessed technology that has changed the world - from black and white televisions to cordless phones and smart cars.

CES first opened its doors in 1967 in New York as 17 000 attendees streamed in to see 117 exhibitors showcasing technology such as transistor radios.

The show subsequently moved to glitzy, loud Las Vegas in the 1970s, and in 2016 CES recorded over 170 000 visitors who came to see 3 800 exhibitors.

This year’s CES, which kicks off on Thursday, is shaping up to be the most exciting yet as connected cars, homes, drones, virtual reality and artificial intelligence are set to grab visitors’ interests.

With technology constantly evolving, CES has provided some photos that illustrate its interesting history as a showcase for the latest innovations.

CES runs from 5-8 January. Follow Fin24-Tech for all the latest updates.

*Fin24 has been invited by Hisense to attend CES 2017 in Las Vegas.


An attendee poses with a giant recording cassette tape at CES in 1968. (Source: CES)


A visitor pokes fun at an exhibitor's audio product at CES 1969. (Source: CES)


At CES 1989, cellphones were starting to rise as an emerging product. (Source: CES)


The year 2000 saw smaller optical drive devices enter the market. (Source: CES)


The 'Rock' and billionaire Bill Gates launching the Xbox in 2001 at CES. (Source: CES)



Netflix launched its global expansion at CES 2016. (Source: CES)


3D printing on display at CES 2016. (Source: CES 2016)

Virtual reality cardboard boxes being used at CES 2016. (Source: CES)


Las Vegas this week will host the 50th CES. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

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