CES Show Still Grows — Even in Down Economy

It may be a down economy, but CES still had a record 2700 exhibitors – making it still the biggest and the worst traffic jamming, waiting in lines that last forever, bumping into people as they cough and sneeze AV show in the US. 

While continuously washing our hands with pocket antibacterial gel, it’s clear that some technologies still shine and anticipate a bang-up 2009, literally – starting with gaming.    In fact, the product categories of gaming, digital imaging, entertainment content and location based services (LBS) are growth leaders for the holiday sales season and on the 2009 CES show floor. New exhibitors in 2009 include such marquee companies as Blockbuster, Chumby, Electronic Arts, Eye-Fi, Huawei, Hyundai/Kia, Mattel, ooma, Phoenix Technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Verizon Wireless.

CES projects 5.6 percent growth for the gaming category this holiday season, 6.9 percent growth for digital imaging and 30 percent growth in holiday sales for GPS/LBS products, with an increased showing from exhibitors in these categories at the 2009 International CES. Overall, the 2009 CES will feature 2,700 exhibitors from 30 product categories across 1.7 million net square feet of space.