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COVID Forces CES Shutdown One Day Early

Jan. 3, 2022
Safety concerns at the annual gadget show cited for truncating live event that's taking place anyway.

Full vaccination is required to attend the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, taking place from Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7.  The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) on Friday, December 31 announced the cancellation of the originally-scheduled fourth day for the event, Saturday, January 8.

"The step was taken as an additional safety measure to the current health protocol that have been put in place for CES," reads the CTA's statement. Said protocols include proof of full vaccination prior to picking up show badges and mandatory mask compliance in exhibit booths and indoor exhibit facilities, conference and keynote rooms, and official CES transportation services.

The annual home for new gadget reveals, some representing proofs of concept that may or may not take hold and others constituting practical advancements of established technologies, CES this year presents electric snowbikes, OLED televisions with flexible screens for adjustable curvature, smart fragrance systems, and life-sized massage robots. On (ostensibly) the more practical side of things, Panasonic and Sony's press events take place on Tuesday, January 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST respectively.

Of potential interest for the manufacturing industry on the supply chain side, TuSimple, a major player in autonomous truck development, will host a fireside chat on Thursday, January 6 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. PST. TuSimple’s autonomous freight network currently runs across the American Southwest, with recent expansion into Florida. DHL’s U.S. freight operations incorporate TuSimple’s autonomous trucks, that each carry two safety operators.

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