How the Pandemic Shaped the CES Agenda This Year

Categories such as healthcare and smart home devices will figure more prominently

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When the trade group behind CES—the Consumer Technology Association—first began planning this year’s show amid the height of the pandemic’s first wave last April, organizers had little idea of what the world, much less, the event, would look like come this January.

The Covid-19 quarantine was pushing people to get better acquainted with technology that might have appeared on the expo floor in previous years—videoconferencing tools, smart home devices and telehealth apps—while also making the prospects for in-person demonstrations of futuristic robots and drones that CES is famous for increasingly dim.



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