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Record-Breaking CE Week 2014 Concludes in NYC

CE Week 2014 concluded today after a recording-breaking show with more participating companies and the largest show floor in event history, making it the east coast’s largest technology event. CE Week is the consumer electronics industry’s top annual mid-year event, bringing together media, analysts and technology thought leaders for product launches, a dynamic conference program and networking events all focused on innovation.

More than 180 companies participated in CE week, ranging from tech startups to major global brands including B&H, Bang & Olufsen, Delphi, Denon, DISH, Harman, LG, Monster, Pioneer Electronics, Sharp, Sony, Tiffen, TiVo and WowWee.

“CE Week was a tremendous success across the board – from the largest number of exhibitors, to the biggest show floor in CE Week history to the incredible product debuts and dynamic speakers and conference sessions,” said Martin Porter, executive producer, CE Week. “This week illustrated the energy and excitement that the tech industry brings to New York City, to consumers worldwide and to the global economy.”

The CE Week Conference Program covered hot topics across the industry including 3D printing, robotics, augmented reality, high resolution audio and wearables. Additionally, Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson delivered a keynote discussing the future of robotics technology and featured guest-star, Jimmy the Robot, Intel’s interactive humanoid. Thursday’s keynote speaker, David Putrino, Co-Founder of Ges Therapy and StreetSmartScience, explored the revolution of healthcare through improvements in technology and the resulting direct impact on humanitarian efforts around the world.

CE Week partner conferences were held throughout the week. The Connected Car Conference, focused on game-changing behind-the-wheel innovations, featured executives from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, Cisco, Pandora and General Motors. The Your Next TV Conference discussed the technologies that are enhancing the TV experience for consumers and featured executives from Sharp, Sony, LG and Samsung.

Several companies hosted press conferences throughout CE Week making major product announcements including:

  • Sharp - Announced its new ultra HD/4K series, the UD27, which will be available in two sizes, a 60-inch and 70-inch, and will include the latest version of the company’s SmartCentral 3.0 Smart TV platform, as well as its mobile app.
  • Pioneer Introduced the AppRadioLIVE, a new upgrade to the Pioneer AppRadio system. The app aggregates content including news, music, events, traffic and more, integrated into a single user interface.
  • Monster – Head Monster Noel Lee unveiled the Monster DNA PRO 2.0 headphone, which will arrive in August, as well as the Monster 24K line - endorsed by rapper Meek Mill - and Headphones For Haiti, a charity effort to help the people of Haiti.
  • Sony – Top Sony executives discussed the future of 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) technology. Mike Fasulo, Sony Electronics president and COO, said he had no doubt that 4K UHD uptake would take place at a fairly fast pace, especially with the breadth of screen sizes and price points expected to populate the marketplace.
  • FiftyThree - Georg Petschnigg, CEO of FiftyThree, gave a live demo of his company’s Pencil USB Stylus, showing off how the stylus will gain pressure sensitivity with the new capabilities of iOS 8.
  • Withings – Showcased the company’s high quality connected watch, the Activate, which comes with a sapphire glass, has an activity tracking dial and a vibration function for the alarm with the time set automatically by smartphone. It’s waterproof and will be available in the fall.

The hottest technologies merged with the latest fashion in the FashionWare Fashion Show on Wednesday evening. The show featured the latest in wearable tech including smart fabrics, embedded sensors, smart jewelry and shoes that were created using 3D printing technology.

Several product awards were given out during CE Week including the Best of Show, presented by Dealerscope. The Innovation Zone award was presented to Perceptive Devices for its head-worn remote control device with finalists including Windowlikr for its mobile-focused video codec and First Sign Technologies, which showcased its headband that automatically detects most violent crimes.

Other events and exhibits featured at CE Week 2014 included:

  • Battle of the Bands
  • CE Week Media Breakfast, Powered by ShowStoppers
  • Innovation Zone
  • NYC Startup Pavilion
  • iLounge NYC
  • Women in CE Forum
  • 2nd Screen Summit
  • DI Symposium
  • Online Video Advertising Summit

All CE Week product demos, panel sessions, press conferences and special events will be featured on CE Week TV and available for tech enthusiasts around the world. Produced by GeekBeat.TV and hosted by renowned tech journalists Andrea Smith, Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides (John P.), coverage from CE Week is currently posted on CE Week TV and will continue to be updated.

CE Week 2015 is scheduled June 22-26, 2015 in New York City. For more information visit Follow CE Week 2014 on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter and use the official CE Week hashtag, #CEWeek.

About CE Week:

CE Week is the consumer electronics (CE) industry’s official weeklong, citywide event in New York City. The official mid-year meeting, conference and new technology showcase includes the event headquarters, CE Week Exhibits, which is the site of CE Week’s largest exhibition hall and conference program. CE Week is organized in association with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® by Martin Porter & Associates and Consumer Technology Publishing Group/NAPCO, publisher of Dealerscope, Technology Integrator and the Technology Tell Network.

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