New York (AFP)

The high mass of electronics and technology in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will make its face-to-face return in 2022 after being forced to go into virtual format this year because of the pandemic.

CES organizers announced on Wednesday that the event, which traditionally attracts tens of thousands of industry professionals and companies, will be held from January 5 to 8 and will be preceded by two media days.

1,000 companies have already confirmed their participation, including Amazon, Daimler AG, Dell, Google, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics and Sony.

“We are delighted to be returning to Las Vegas - home of CES for over 40 years - and look forward to seeing many new and recurring faces,” said Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), who organizes the show.

“Hundreds of bosses have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, connect with the media and discover innovations,” added Mr. Shapiro.

The CTA claimed that some aspects of the 2021 online event will be kept, including a "showcase desk" to help guide attendees as well as various online events (conferences, workshops, product announcements, etc. ).

CES is usually an opportunity to showcase innovations in IT, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, digital health and other tech sectors.

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