LAS VEGAS (AP) — The annual CES gadget conference might be three days as a substitute of 4 following an uptick of COVID-19 circumstances and the withdrawal of a few of its best-known tech presenters.
Conference organizer The Client Know-how Affiliation introduced in an announcement Friday that CES will run from Jan. 5-7, at some point shorter than deliberate. The occasion nonetheless has over 2,200 exhibitors confirmed to indicate off their merchandise on the Las Vegas conference, spokeswoman Jeanne Abella stated.
The announcement follows the withdrawal of tech giants from CES final week citing well being dangers of the omicron variant, together with cellphone carriers like T-Cell, whose CEO had been slated to ship a keynote speech. Laptop maker Lenovo and social media firms like Twitter and Fb father or mother firm Meta additionally canceled plans to attend. Information shops together with CNN stated they’d cancel or scale back protection.
CES was held solely just about final yr. It is going to be a hybrid of on-line and in-person this yr, with organizers providing digital registration permitting entry to round 40 livestreamed occasions, Abella stated.
On the conference flooring, attendees might be required to indicate proof of vaccination and put on masks. Organizers are asking individuals to get COVID-19 checks earlier than they arrive, however unfavourable outcomes will not be required.
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