The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest annual electronics and technology show, took place from January 5-8. The first such event was held in New York in 1967, and after that many cities hosted it, but since 1998 it has been held in Las Vegas every year. Famous inventions that have been introduced to the public at CES events include CD players and Blu-ray discs.
This year 165,000 attendees from 150 different countries enjoyed more than 3000 exhibitors in a 2.4 million square-foot space. It seemed that smart-everything was the main theme this time, with products such as OOmbrella, a smart umbrella that can predict rain and Link’s smart dog collar, which can help you find your lost dog just to name a few. Other interesting new technologies included paper-thin OLED TVs, curved laptops screens, advanced drones, and new VR game systems.
Despite all the security at the show, thieves made off with two triple-screen video game laptops produced by Razer, and the company is offering US$25,000 for information that can help get them back.
1. consumer (n) shopper, a person who buys things 消費者，消耗者
Many consumers these days prefer to shop online.
2. host (v) to hold an event 主持人，主人
South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
3. attendee (n) person who attends an event 參加者，出席者
There were 60,000 attendees at the concert.
4. exhibitor (n) a company/person who has an exhibit at a show or conference 參展者，展示者
Each exhibitor will have a 5m2 space at the exhibition.
5. predict (v) guess 預測，預言
The weatherman predicted non-stop rain for the whole weekend.
6. collar (n) a band around the neck of an animal 衣領，項圈，(狗等動物)頸圈
The lost dog was wearing a collar but there was no address on it.
7. curved (adj) not straight or flat 彎曲的，有弧形的
The surface of the water appeared curved from our position, even though it was flat.
8. drone (n) a remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft 遙控飛機；無人機
Did you know that drones can now deliver pizza?
Phrases and Sentence Patterns 句型解析
1. take place (phr) to be held 發生，舉行
The meeting will take place in a coffee shop.
2. (just) to name a few (phr) only a few of many examples were just mentioned 僅以這些為例
Jack’s been to many interesting countries, including Iran, Turkey, and Russia, just to name a few.
3. make off with (phr) steal 偷竊
Somebody made off with Lisa’s bike when she wasn’t looking.
1. The company decided to discontinue the product because ____________ weren’t buying it anymore.
2. Has your country ever _______________ the World Cup?
3. Over 10,000 ______________ are expected at the trade fair.
4. Each ______________ has to register and pay $10,000 in order to set up an exhibit in the conference.
5. Some scientists are ______________ that we will run out of oil in less than 50 years.
6. Kelly pulled on her dog’s ______________ to stop it from barking.
7. The baseball pitcher threw an impressive _______________ ball.
8. _____________ are now capable of firing weapons at enemy soldiers.
9. The first Academy Awards ceremony _____________ in 1929.
10. Marc likes skiing, badminton, and photography, just _____________ of his hobbies.
11. Three men in masks ____________ 2 million dollars worth of jewelry from the shop.
10.to name a few
11.made off with
Comprehension Questions 閱讀理解
1. Based on the article, where was the 1996 CES held?
a. New York.
c. Las Vegas.
d. We don’t actually know.
2. Who or what does them refer to in the final sentence?
a. The owners of Razer.
b. The thieves.
c. The show attendees.
d. The laptops.