Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2022 to feature Blockchain and the Metaverse

Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2022 to feature Blockchain and the Metaverse 


Upcoming technologies like the blockchain, metaverse and NFT are slated for a splash introductory at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event in Las Vegas scheduled for this week.


The CES is an annual exhibition that features the latest in science and technology advancements. Keynote speakers at the event are expected to be from giants like LG, Amazon, Samsung, Sony and Nvidia.


The event this year runs between January 5 and January 7, and would be hosting more than 2200 exhibitors, with the first time notable addition of several cryptos and NFT firms to the previous list of perennial gadget makers and TV manufacturers.


The exhibitors have grouped in terms of the blockchain sector, wherein under the cryptocurrency category include FTX (derivatives and NFT exchange), Blockparty (NFT platform) and Atomic Form (NFT Software and hardware developers).


The event’s major speeches will be featuring crypto figures, including Clara Tsao (Filecoin Founding Director), Tushar Nadkami (Chief Growth and Product Officer of Celsius Network), Faryar Shirzad (Chief Policy Officer of Coinbase) and Erick Calderon (Art Blocks Inc Founder and CEO) among various others.


The event has listed the theme of the crypto interactive panel as Decrypting Crypto, wherein discussions around the stability of stablecoins, embracing of cryptocurrencies by traditional banks and crypto payments stream for companies would take place. The lineup for this topic includes Nadkami, Tsao, Kristin Smith (Blockchain Association Executive Director), and CEO of Transform Ventures, Michael Terpin.


According to Consumer Technology Association, the chief organizers of the event, several top brands would be utilizing their spots at the occasion by exploring and promoting developments in Metaverse tech like “hardware, software, and the blockchain and crypto.”


Speaking on its plans for the CES, Samsung recently ramped up its blockchain initiatives and announced an NFT platform for its new smart TVs. 


CTA Senior Manager of Industry Intelligence, Brian Comiskey, spoke with The Australian stating that they would “really be looking at Samsung” as their smartphone advancements at the show are expected to be ”an interesting area” for watching from the hardware Metaverse side. 


Comiskey also said that their televisions are also expected to be showcasing “what they can do for the Metaverse,” adding that Samsung is “really trying to be a one-stop hub” for several internet-based economies and technologies.


Comiskey has also made some bullish statements on crypto, blockchain technology and NFTs while speaking about the interest from mainstream firms, labelling them as the future evolution of payment streams and “what trade looks like”. He said they would also rise alongside the Metaverse.


He opined that NFTs and cryptocurrency represent an opportunity for blockchain becoming more popular with consumers.


In conversation with the Wall Street Journal on January 4, Maribel Lopez, the Principal Analyst at Lopez Research, a Tech Research Analysis firm, had said that while NFTs and the Metaverse are still new among many top tech firms, “highlighting the bleeding edge of the blockchain sector” in the year, 2022 would actually fit the vision behind the annual CES event.

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