The Consumer Electronics Show: Christmas in January

Consumer electronics are the most heavily exchanged gifts during the holiday season. Many of us anticipate receiving gifts of the latest innovations in the categories of audio/visual, virtual reality and gaming devices. However, for people who are true technophiles the real glimpse into the latest innovations in these categories comes in the form of the most heavily anticipated electronics display of all – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. This show gives consumers a sneak peek into the future with technologies that at times seem almost otherworldly. This is why Ratpac Dimmers is so excited to be a part of an industry that progresses through such leaps and bounds. Many of the technologies present at these shows complement devices like our wireless dimmers and wireless DMX systems. CES 2018 runs from January 9 through 12 and will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.


What is the Consumer Electronics Show?

The CES is the world’s largest gathering of those who are involved in the business of consumer technologies. It has provided a look into our technological future for more than 50 years and has introduced many technologies in the areas of gaming, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, smart home technology and entertainment. It is in the field of entertainment where Ratpac Dimmers products intersect with this premiere electronics show.

Attendees and Exhibitors


Featured exhibitors at the show will include Advconsumer-electronics-2018ance Tech Vegas, AerNos, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Analogix Semiconductor, Roland Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric and many others. Speakers at the conference will include:

  • Rajia Abdelaziz, CEO of invisaWear who will discuss wearable technologies,
  • Tim Alessi, Director – of New Product Development at LG Electronics will discuss the future of TV
  • Eric Berger, CDO at Sony Pictures Television Networks and GM of Crackle Sony Pictures Television Networks who will discuss the future of personal content viewing.

(A complete schedule of events can be found here.)


Super Sessions

Since the exchange of information is the primary function of the show, CES Supersessions will feature prediction and discussions by industry trend setters and senior executives. These sessions will include their predictions of the future of these emerging technologies. In conclusion, CES 2018 will present technologies that advance the field of entertainment just as our wireless dimmers and our Cintenna kits do. We wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and promise to be on the forefront of the emerging technologies that 2018 and beyond will bring.

America’s 5 Most Anticipated Holiday Light Displays

In the modern era, light displays have become a traditional part of the holiday season. Even now millions of homeowners are hanging up their Christmas lights to see whose display reigns supreme. However, few private owners can hope to match the scale and grandeur of organized light exhibits. These displays take advantage of technologies that are not readily available to most private individuals. For this reason, holiday revelers are willing to travel all around the country in order to watch this tradition that mixes art and technology. We’ve gathered some of the most highly anticipated light displays that will take place all over the country.

  • Frisco, TX: This city is home to the largest residential computerized Christmas light displays in northern Texas. Computers are used to control roughly 65,000 lights and then to synchronize those lights with music using an FM transmitter. This year the display is expected to be even more spectacular than ever.
  • Branson, Missouri: Speaking of spectacular displays, this popular Midwestern destination features dazzling special effects including a million twinkling lights that also move in sync to holiday music.
  • New York City: As American as “Big Apple” pie, the LED lights of 30 Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas time are what most of the world associates with the great city. Other light exhibits that visitors can catch when they are in the city include the displays of Saks, Lord & Taylor, Tiffany’s and Barney’s, among other famous retailers.
  • Anaheim, California: Boasting such treats as “Disney Viva Navidad Street Party”, the “Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort” and “The World of Color – Season of Light” show, Orange County has a lot going for it this and every Christmas. The festivities rflorida-2460973_640un from November 10th to January 7th.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: Every year people travel to see the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway event that features 3 million lights as well as music, a Christmas village, horse drawn carriages and other family friendly attractions. Also featured will be a laser light display and even a petting zoo for the kids.

In short, there are some truly magnificent light displays that will be taking place in all parts of the country. However, none of the displays would be possible without devices like Strand Dimmers and various wireless setups. Our customers depend on the technology we provide to make various entertainment venues more memorable be they the above light displays, concerts, theatrical performances, etc. That is why we also offer Strand Dimmer repair. Our equipment makes these venues run smoother.