CES cut one day short due to health protocols

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consumer technology association Late on Friday it said it was shortening the massive technical gathering CES by a day as “an additional safety measure” in the face of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 across the country.

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The nation’s largest tech conference was originally scheduled to run in Las Vegas on January 5-8, but will now kick off on Friday, January 7, amid an avalanche of criticism.

Some 153 companies have marked their participation in the official as “DO” or simply digital. CES Exhibitor Directory, as previously reported by the protocol.

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Despite the personal absence of nearly every major tech vendor, the show is set to begin on Wednesday. More than 150 companies have decided to participate digitally only, including Intel Corp. INTC, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. amd, Qualcomm Inc. qcom, Nvidia Corp. NVDA, International Business Machines Corp. ibm, Google parent Alphabet Inc. Google GOOG, Meta Platforms Inc., and Facebook American Plan, Microsoft Corporation MSFT, HP Inc. HPQ, bmw bmw,
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Those who still intend to attend – CTA expects a crowd of about 170,000 people and about half of the 4,400 exhibitors who attended CES’s last in-person gathering in early 2020 – say they are confident That every precaution has been taken to ensure their safety, including proof-of-vaccination requirements and availability of rapid test kits. Next week’s show is a hybrid event with a physical show in Las Vegas and a digital component for those unable or unwilling to attend in person.

Read more: Some Hardened Souls Determined to Attend CES Despite Omicron Rise

“CES will continue and will continue,” said CTA chief executive Gary Shapiro. Posted in LinkedIn, “It will have many smaller companies than larger companies. There could be a big gap in this on the show floor. Surely it will be different from previous years. It can be messy. But innovation is messy. It’s risky and inconvenient.”

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