CES 2016 Preview: Highlights of the Consumer Technology Showcase

CES 2016 Preview: Highlights of the Consumer Technology Showcase


Arlington, VA—CES 2016 will run January 6–9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature more than 3,600 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

The event has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.

New at CES 2016: eCommerce Marketplace and Digital Money Forum

eCommerce Marketplace. The Marketplace will showcase aspects of the digital revolution, from mobile banking to ordering pizza with an emoji. Every day more consumers shop online for goods and services, purchase products in retail stores, order meals and pay their bills online and through mobile devices. New for CES 2016, the eCommerce Marketplace, presented by MasterCard, is the one-stop showcase for the most innovative solutions disrupting the traditional consumer shopping experience.

Mobile payment apps, shopping platforms, mobile concierge services and cloud solutions showcase what’s next, from start-ups to classic brands advancing this industry, in the eCommerce Marketplace.

“The eCommerce industry is transforming the way companies do business and interact with consumers,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “The innovations in this industry are next level, and the possibilities are endless. We are so excited to experience the future of eCommerce at CES 2016.”

Digital Money Forum. In addition to the eCommerce Marketplace, CES and Living in Digital Times will debut the Digital Money Forum, presented by MasterCard. From e-wallets to mobile payment systems, from virtual currency to cryptographic solutions, the Forum will look at the array of financial tools and solutions that are shaping the digitization of money.

This half-day conference, set amidst the innovation and new products backdrop of CES 2016, targets retailers and manufacturers, government agencies and regulators, financial services and banking organizations, high-tech developers, press, investors and transaction processors.

ABC’s Shark Tank Gives CES 2016 Attendees a Chance at the American Dream

Shark Tank, the Emmy Award-winning ABC hit reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, will host an open call for the best entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products on January 7 at CES 2016.
SharkTank_Logo“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Shark Tank once again as this type of opportunity aligns with CES’s initiatives to grow new business ventures and support innovation,” said Shapiro. “Innovative entrepreneurs will have the chance to gain national exposure and valuable advice from seasoned investors, putting them one step closer to achieving the American dream.”

Shark Tank, the ABC’s two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, has entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons—the Sharks—who include Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.

CES 2016 exhibitors, as well as the general public, are invited to present their original product or idea to the Shark Tank team on January 7, 2016 at the Venetian. The opportunity to participate in the open call will be available to everyone who receives a numbered wristband, which will be distributed outside of the Venetian Ballroom from 8:00–10:00 a.m. on January 7. Participants must have a wristband to audition but do not need to have a CES badge to access the audition area. An application can be downloaded at abc.com/sharktank.

Technology Guarding the Cyber-Gates at CES 2016

The Cyber & Personal Security Marketplace, presented by CyberVista, a cyber-security training and workforce development company, returns to CES to showcase technology that protects an increasingly connected world. Cyber-attacks are making headlines and costing businesses losses and consumers pain. Tech-based connectivity provides huge benefits but creates new security risks for consumers, governments and companies.
CyberVista–LogoThe Cyber & Personal Security Marketplace, located in the LVCC, South Hall 1, will feature 11 exhibitors showcasing innovative products ranging from smart wallets and safe payment apps to secure messaging and private Internet access.

“The growth in connected devices creates new opportunities to change and save lives but also creates new options for bad guys,” added Gary Shapiro. “Cyber-security technologies help block, detect and isolate cyber-attacks. Cyber-security companies are using CES to launch and demo the next generation of innovation that is going to keep us safe and protected.”

In addition to the marketplace, CyberVista will present the CyberSecurity Forum on January 6, 2016. The one-day forum will examine the dark side of our interconnected world and explore what companies need to know and do to protect their data, products and customers. It will bring together security experts, technology visionaries, executives, managers and government officials concerned about cyber threats, readiness and response.

      Conference Sessions of Interest

3D PrintingA Catalyst for Innovation:
Presented by TCT + Personalize

These sessions cover innovation within 3D printing with new technology provider updates and reveal the fruits of these innovations with fascinating applications from a broad base of industries.

January 6, 2016
9:00–10:00 a.m.: New 3D Printing Tech: Part I
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Disrupting Product Development with 3D Printing
11:30 AM-12:30 p.m.: Breaking Barriers with 3D Printing
1:00–2:00 p.m.: New 3D Printing Tech: Part II
2:15–3:15 p.m.: Lifestyle Impacts of 3D Printing
3:30–4:30 p.m.: 3D Printing Panel—The Experts Answer

Drone Policy and Innovation: Presented by Consumer Technology Association

Appropriate rules are needed regarding the safe operation of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace, and new systems for managing drones must account for security and privacy. Hear from experts and innovators about how these challenges are being met.

January 7, 2016
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Rules for Drones—Best Policies and Practices
2:15–3:15 p.m.: Managing Low-Altitude Airspace for Safety and Privacy
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Use Cases: Amazing Drone Benefits

High Dynamic Range: Presented by the Advanced Imaging Society

Hollywood studios and content platforms are ushering in a flood of premium content. From HDR to 4K to virtual reality, which technologies are on top? Find out where Hollywood and Silicon Valley stand on these hot topics.

January 7
9:00–10:00 am.: The 2016 Preview of Advanced Imaging
4K ultra-high-definition, high dynamic range, HFR and VR. Which big players and content platforms will be using which technologies? Where do we stand with the standards? The Advanced Imaging Society provides you with the data and the datelines you’ll want to know. LVCC, North Hall, Room N256

10:15–11:15 a.m: HDR: The 2016 Hollywood Playbook
Directors, cinematographers, studio executives and creative teams are partnering content with CE devices to wow audiences at home and in theaters. Will HDR drive all content? Is 4K UHD in this picture? Come get a sneak look at Hollywood’s HDR playbook. Moderators: Carolyn Giardina, contributing editor, Tech, Hollywood Reporter; Michael DeValue, director, Advanced Technology, Walt Disney Studios. Speakers: Chris Fetner, director of Media Engineering and Partnerships, Netflix; Roland Vlaicu, vice president, Consumer Imaging, Dolby; Jim Mainard, head of Digital Strategy and New Business Development, DreamWorks Animation. LVCC, North Hall, Room N256

Storage Visions 2016: Presented by Entertainment Storage Alliance

“Storage for the Next 5,000 Years” is the 2016 Storage Visions theme. Digital storage is key to the future of consumer products and applications. Find out about cloud storage, storage systems, devices, interfaces and applications that will last the test of time. Visit storagevisions.com for session and registration information.

Top Three Topics:
•    Digital storage technology to enable future products and applications
•    Storage systems and services using digital storage, including content creation, distribution and archiving
•    Applications where digital storage plays a critical role for consumer and enterprise applications

Top Tech Trends
Presented by Consumer Technology Association
Five innovations set to change the industry, virtual reality, sports wearables, drones, IoT, robots, smart homes, tracking, underlying tech, augmented reality, 3D printing—they’re all in the mix.

January 6, 2016
9:00–10:00 a.m.: Five Practical Uses for Virtual Reality
1:00–2:00 p.m.: What’s Next for Augmented Reality?
2:15–3:15 p.m.: Defining Drones: From Backyard Hobby to Hollywood Flyover
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Five Innovations to Watch

January 7, 2016
9:00–10:00 a.m.: Defining the Internet of Things (IoT)
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Under the Hood: Understanding Underlying Product Technologies
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: When Will 3D Printing Go Mass Market?
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Robots in the Real World

January 8, 2016
9:00–10:00 a.m.: 2016: Start-up Standouts
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Advanced Wearables for Sports
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: The Future of Smart Home Innovation
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Emerging CE Technology: IEEE ICCE’s Most Interesting Technologies

Wireless and Mobile Technology: Presented by CTA

Explore the future of the dynamic wireless market. Life’s easier with mobile payments, find out how that’s changing for the better.

Business Impact from Internet’s Move to IPv6: January 5, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Gazing into the Wireless Technology Future: January 6, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Mobile Payments Roulette: January 7, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Spectrum Musical Chairs and CE Devices January 8, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.