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Technology trade show CES 2021 will be digital-only

Hopefully, it’ll be back to normal in 2022

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It’s official, CES 2021 will not be a physical event. Amid the Coronarivus pandemic, the technology trade show has been shifted to an online-only model for the time being. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest trade show of the year and heaven for technology enthusiasts from all over the globe.

The event is still scheduled for the first week in January, but everything will be online. This shall include conferences, product announcements, interactions, as well as roundtable discussions.

Major brands like Samsung, LG, and others, often show off new products ranging from televisions to refrigerators. Filled with concepts, prototypes, and commercial-grade gadgets, the show determines the path of the coming year in technological advancement.

Organizer’s of CES, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) said, “Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it’s just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.”

However, the announcement isn’t shocking now because we’re used to events getting canceled right now. Other trade shows like MWC and IFA too were terminated this year and shifted to online-model.

Brand conferences like Facebook F8, Google I/O, E3, WWDC, and more were also held online this year. Smartphone companies have also shifted to online launches and do not organize physical events.

While the event is still months away, a vaccine or permanent solution to tackle the virus isn’t available right now. A timeline on the same isn’t clearly available, prompting companies to revaluate their short-term moves. However, folks are optimistic the trade show will be conventionally back in action soon.

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