Paul Schroeder

With a big thank you to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, AFB is again attending "CES®," the global technology event that takes place in early January in Las Vegas. CTA, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association, again made it possible for John Lilly (who works in our tech office in Huntington, WV, and me to attend the show, along with a select delegation from the disability community. We’ll do our best to provide updates throughout this week as we try to see as many of the over 3,600 exhibitors that attend. Yes, that’s 3,600—the show is huge! CES features all aspects of the industry and it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years.

We’re going to put a special focus on technologies for home and health, which is a major growth area for the consumer technology industry. John will also be taking a close look at various virtual and augmented reality lens and head-mounted display technologies to see what kind of value these might offer to people with usable low vision. And, never fear, we’ll fit in time to look at some of the many audio technology companies that come to CES, because we love our headphones and earbuds, especially Bluetooth-connected ones.

CES starts January 6, but we’re joining the special preview opportunities for media on January 4 and 5. You can follow CES online at www.CESweb.org.

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