Major product launches from more than 3,250 exhibitors and keynotes from the leaders of Panasonic, Verizon and the Next Generation of Innovators panelists kicked off the 2013 International CES on Tuesday. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2013 International CES, the world's largest annual innovation event, runs through Friday, January 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Opening day of CES was abuzz with products and technologies that allow Seamless connection to devices so that we can do everything from enjoy content to monitor health and find smarter ways to manage our homes," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of International CES and corporate business strategy.
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA, delivered the State of the Consumer Electronics (CE) Industry address Tuesday morning. Shapiro projected that CE industry revenues will reach a record-high $209.6 billion, domestically, up nearly three percent from an estimated $203.9 billion for 2012. He compared the strength of the 2013 CES to the success of the global technology industry which will exceed $1 trillion in 2013.
Shapiro also cited innovation as the cornerstone to global industry and economic growth. To stay in front of the pace of innovation, he noted that top companies must operate as an elite strike force, going beyond the ordinary to perform truly extraordinary tasks and take risks along the way.
Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga took the stage for the opening keynote and in his address he discussed Panasonic's contribution to consumer life beyond the living room. Solutions for home energy, in-vehicle connectivity and energy efficiency, business, in-flight connectivity and infotainment and energy for the community were all highlighted.
Tsuga was joined on-stage by journalist Lisa Ling, who served as a moderator for the morning. Among others who took the stage were Panasonic CEO of North America Joe Taylor; Tim Vanderhook, co-founder, President and CEO of Specific Media; Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors; former CEO of Air New Zeland Ron Fyfe and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker. Tsuga and Taylor showcased several new and innovative Panasonic products making their debut at CES including the world's first 4K OLED TV and Panasonic's 20" 4K tablet.