The Rise of the Machines

October 22, 2014
Since the invention of the first machine, humans have been the managers and overseers of our creations. We are directly involved in the work being done or we set our devices to a task and walk away. But now, the traditional roles are being supplemented by a new relationship. Technologies we have been developing for years are not just bearing fruit – they are working with each other to accomplish tasks without our direct supervision.   Wireless computing, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) have been in development for years. Taken alone, there have been numerous incremental improvements. But a disruptive trend is emerging that is larger than just individual...

Ghost in the Machine: The Predictive Power of Big Data Analytics

October 08, 2014
Let’s get one thing straight: There is no single correct definition of the term “Big Data.” As a concept, Big Data has been thrown around by practitioners, pundits and poseurs for years and is now a term exhausted by overuse. But that does not make it any less important for understanding how the world around you really works, and how services and goods you use every day have been shaped and delivered using Big Data technologies. Did you know that the food you eat was grown with the aid of Big Data? Or that the car you drive can navigate thanks to the decision-making power afforded by Big Data? Your actions can...

Looking Forward

October 03, 2014
As a technology association on the front lines of innovation, we at CEA like to think we have a handle on what’s to come when considering the future of technology. It may seem naïve given the speed of our industry, but some technologies are hard to miss and even harder to ignore. Five Technology Trends to Watch strives to put the focus on the technologies – in our pockets, in our cars, in our homes or otherwise – that will shape tomorrow. Whether emerging or present, these are technologies to watch. 3D Printers One of the most talked about new technologies is 3D printers, and CEA expects consumers to embrace...

Moving to the Smart Home

September 25, 2014
Consumer electronics (CE) products used to be unconnected, individual devices that did one or two simple tasks. The advent of wireless home networking changed that. Only a decade ago the idea of ubiquitous high-speed connectivity in the home was a future ambition. Today it is transforming the design of CE devices and how they connect, interact and communicate. We are at the beginning of a tech revolution where thousands of previously disparate and unrelated devices will soon connect, collect data and share information. The connected home has become a moniker for a complex ecosystem of CE products, covering everything from home theaters...

Introducing the 2014 CE Hall of Fame

September 17, 2014
The CE Hall of Fame is an opportunity to honor the visionaries who have paved the way for the products and services that are changing the way we live. Individually, and in some cases together, these leaders have made significant contributions to the industry. Without them, the world would be a very different place. To recognize the contributions of the pioneers of the consumer electronics industry, CEA inducts a new group of inventors, engineers, business leaders, retailers and journalists in to the CE Hall of Fame each year. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with four of this year's 12 Hall of Fame inductees. Stay tuned to CE.org/i3 as we profile four more of the inductees in...

Converge Together

September 16, 2014
The term “convergence” includes the mash-up of diverse businesses, the development of multi-purpose/hybrid devices and the cross-pollination of financial models—all in pursuit of new ways to leverage the unprecedented, synergistic resources of interactive opportunities. Today, there’s extraordinary focus on the crumbling walls in the entertainment and information industries, as “content marketing” sidesteps the classic separation of editorial content and marketing messages (the “church” and “state” of traditional publishing). More broadly, the once-isolated...

Bringing the Home and Car Together

September 10, 2014
Today, cloud-connected automobiles are growing, along with new ways to enjoy them, as automakers continue to forge alliances with wireless carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, mobile device operating system makers such as Apple and Google, and mobile app developers. At the same time, cloud-connected home automation and home security systems and their components—including connected thermostats and window shades—are multiplying. Now, experts say, these disparate environments of autos and homes are poised to come together in the cloud, integrated into the Internet of Things (IoT...

Watch Out

July 21, 2014
There are two ways to look at what’s ahead in TV displays: the short-term view towards this year’s holiday season or the longer outlook about evolving technology for the next five years.From either perspective, it’s mostly about Ultra High-Definition TV (Ultra HDTV). Of course, there are other visions about how television sets will look but for now the focus is on the models already in the distribution pipeline or on electronics makers’ drawing boards. And it’s mostly about higher-resolution screens. There is also growing enthusiasm about Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) very slim flat-panel technology, now that manufacturers are solving the yield problems...

The Virtual Reality Race

July 14, 2014
After decades of promises, the backing of companies like Facebook and Sony are poised to unleash affordable VR first to gamers and eventually to the masses. A few days before Facebook forked over $2 billion to acquire Kickstarter-backed startup Oculus VR on March 25, virtual reality was shown at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). In addition to the new high-definition display and improved head tracking for the Oculus Rift, which has been wowing press for a few years, Sony Computer Entertainment officially entered the VR race with its PlayStation 4 Project Morpheus. Richard...
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