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Weekly News Digest

January 11, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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CES 2022 Roundup

The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2022 ran Jan. 5­–8. It was held in person in Las Vegas, and the website reports that there were more than 40,000 attendees across 11 indoor and outdoor venues. Media outlets provided coverage of the event, including the following.

CNN Business published “CES 2022: 5 Takeaways From the Giant Tech Trade Show,” stating that it was “a grand experiment in how to hold an in-person event during a pandemic. Covid-19 rapid tests were handed out to attendees, and masks and proof of vaccination were required.” However, some “major tech companies and media outlets pulled out in the lead-up to the show. There were widely shared photos of nearly empty showroom areas. And a number of presentations, including CES’ kickoff event with General Motors CEO Mary Barra, were pre-recorded.”

CNET’s Scott Stein focuses on how the show handled the metaverse (a network of 3D virtual worlds), posting “The AR, VR Future Coming in 2022: What We Learned From CES.” He shares that “one trend that started accelerating in 2021 is already in play: VR and smart glasses are on the rise again, thanks in part to the promises of a metaverse-filled future. … I’ve always seen the idea of the metaverse as an acknowledgement that cross-device and cross-app support need to be figured out to support larger communities across VR, AR and phones and computers. It’ll happen … slowly.”

TechCrunch’s article, “Let’s Talk CES Gadgets,” looks at how the products the event showcases have changed over the years, stating, “Over the past decade, CES has transformed into a major automotive show, as carmakers look to prove to the world that they’re on the bleeding edge of tech, from autonomy to in-car systems to sending robots to the Martian metaverse. … CES continues to be a major event on the consumer hardware side of things, as well, even if there aren’t as many phones as there once were. It’s still a major showcase for PCs, connected health, smart home gadgets, accessories and even robotics. It’s also a fascinating look into how the industry is evolving. Take fitness—the sheer volume of wearables has reduced, though companies are experimenting with newer form factors like rings.”

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