The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 is scheduled to take place from January 5 to January 8. But now it looks like the tradeshow will not go as planned. Top companies including Amazon, Twitter, Meta and Pinterest have scrapped plans to attend an in-person event in Las Vegas last month.
According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon and its smart home brand Ring said they will not be attending next month’s event onsite due to “quick transfer conditions and uncertainty around the Omicron version.”
Twitter and Facebook had planned to bring some employees to the tradeshow to participate in the panel discussion. Now, both companies have said that they are now exploring online opportunities instead. “…Due to the spike in COVID cases nationwide over the past week, we have decided to cancel our personal appearance at CES next month,” Twitter said in a statement to CNET.
Pinterest and iHeartRadio have also decided to opt out of personal presence. In addition, T-Mobile, which is also a major sponsor of the January event, has pulled out of the event. “…we are prioritizing the safety of our team and other attendees with this decision … Additionally, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert will no longer offer a keynote in person or virtually,” The company wrote in a blog post.
“T-Mobile will continue to serve as the CES sponsor and title sponsor of the DRL Championship Race, but the majority of our team will not travel to Las Vegas,” it added.
While some companies are hosting in-person events due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, others stick to their plans. Qualcomm, Sony Electronic and Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, OnePlus and HTC stick to their plans to host meetings to showcase their gadgets. AMD and Samsung are still planning a limited appearance, while chipmaker Nvidia will have two of its executives present at a keynote, something the company had planned to do long ago.
Meanwhile, the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES every year, has said that it is taking great care to host people at the event. The health precautions being taken by the company will include vaccination requirements, masking and availability of COVID-19 tests.
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