Nine Austin companies at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Nine Austin companies have showed up to play in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

The world’s largest annual innovation event is happening Tuesday through Friday, drawing more than 150,000 industry professionals to see the next generation of consumer technology unfold.

Austin companies attending

Of the Austin companies at CES, Bazaarvoice is one of the show’s features.

The company says it enables the world’s largest brands to capture and amplify the voices of their customers to build sales, bringing word of mouth to ecommerce.

Meanwhile, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs are a couple of the bigger, notable companies there, too.

Freescale is showcasing its technology for wearable devices, such as smartwatches – which connect to a smartphone or other devices — or even Google Glass, a wearable computer that allows you to take pictures instantly, record video and search the Web with voice commands from a pair of eyeglasses.

In-Depth: About CES

It’s not only the world’s largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology, but it is also America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind, according to CES organizers.

The first CES happened in New York City in June 1967 with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. Since then, CES has grown more than seven-fold.

Nearly 2,700 exhibitors, filling 1.7 million net square feet of exhibit space, showcased their latest products and services to more than 130,000 attendees at the 2013 International CES.

Since the first CES, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show. That includes many products that have transformed consumers’ lives: such as the Videocassette Recorder (VCR) in 1970; Compact Disc Player in 1981; High Definition Television (HDTV) in 1998; 3D HDTV in 2009; Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology in 2013.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the 2014 CES features more than 3,000 exhibitors will debut 20,000 new products across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space.

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