Apps in Cars: The Developer's Perspective

July 31, 2015
Never mind horsepower. It’s the power of connected infotainment that’s increasingly driving car sales. But as automakers strive to add apps to their dashboard displays, the developers they’re courting must conform to a dizzying array of “platforms” and other often proprietary technologies—a mix that yields both technical and business challenges along with great opportunities. According to data from ABI Research released in April, the global market for connected automotive infotainment systems is poised to grow 33.8 percent annually in the next five years, to more than 342 million units. The growth is attributed primarily to installations of in-car Wi...

3D Printing Makes Perfect

July 27, 2015
A glimpse into the next generation of 3D printing successes.They braved a bitterly cold January in Detroit to see the latest from big names like Ford, Chrysler and Chevy. But what impressed even the most hardened “I’ve seen it all” attendees at this year’s North American Auto Show didn’t come from the usual assembly lines in Motor City. The new car of the future was 3D printed. The Shelby Cobra has a long and fabled history among automotive aficionados thanks to its sleek design, European style and American ingenuity. But the two-door roadster became even more of a talking piece thanks to the way it was built. From concept to completion, it took just six...

IoT: How Will it Go To Retail?

May 20, 2015
Is it too soon to assess the retail value chain for the Internet of Things? Cisco predicts sales of IoT devices will grow from 15 billion units this year to 50 billion by 2020. How will those products get into consumers’ hands, homes and vehicles? Will they be sold as line extensions of current products through existing retailers, or will new distributors and integrators emerge to cater to the services that IoT enables? Will manufacturers insert themselves deeper into the customer relationship after a sale to maintain and monitor IoT products? Will a new breed of service providers emerge to handle monitoring and updating...

Oculus Embraces Virtual Reality Entertainment

May 18, 2015
The Sundance Film Festival made history back in 2012 without realizing it. Robert Redford’s independent showcase served as the debut of intern Palmer Luckey’s pre-Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) as part of Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in Los Angeles virtual reality experience. Luckey returned to Sundance in 2015, backed by a $2 billion Facebook acquisition, to announce Oculus Story Studio. The new San Francisco-based studio, which is comprised of 10 employees including several Pixar veterans, will release five short VR films this year. Lost,the first VR story debuted at Sundance, follows a robot hand’s search for his body through a nighttime forest. Pixar...

Moving to a Cloud-Based Future

May 13, 2015
Rear-seat entertainment (RSE) systems composed of DVD players mated to front headrest- or headlinermounted LCD screens and wireless headphones are changing. Now greater in-vehicle connectivity and connected services, and consumers’ preference for streaming video content, has automakers and their suppliers revamping RSE for a wider audience. Downloaded and Streamed Media The first RSE systems in the 1980s incorporated VHS players. Built-in DVD players came next, followed by Blu-ray players and Sirius satellite-based streaming video. “We’re at a crossroads,” proclaims Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics in research and innovation and Henry Ford...

Recognizing Small Business Week

May 06, 2015
In honor of national Small Business Week stay on top of CEA small business activities, meet-ups and unique opportunities by joining the SBC LinkedIn group today. Keep an eye out for @CEA tweeting with the hashtag #CEASmallBiz. This hashtag signifies content related to our startup members, so join the conversation by replying, retweeting or favoriting the tweet. @CEA would love to engage with you on Twitter about all things related to startups and small businesses. Also the nomination period just closed for CEA’s Innovation Entrepreneur Awards (IEA) program that recognizes executives and exceptional small businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to...

Ten Startups @ Eureka Park (Part III)

April 30, 2015
In the final installment of this three part series, we profile three out of 10 entrepreneurs from Eureka Park. Now in its fourth year, Eureka Park encompasses the core of CES—entrepreneurs with an innovative product or technology can show it to the world and receive coverage that they can’t get any place else. Many startups in this technology incubator drew venture capitalists and investors looking for the next big thing in technology. This year, 375 startups exhibited in Eureka Park vs. 200 companies at the 2014 CES. SKE Labs Just 11 months after forming, SKE Labs—a company of four—was exhibiting at their first CES, unveiling the world’s first truly smart...

The Safest Driving Solutions

April 29, 2015
Before we hand over the car keys to our youngest drivers, we warn them of the perils of distracted driving – keep your eyes on the road, your hands at “ten and two” and your smartphones safely stowed. But distracted driving and driver experience are not inextricably bound – drivers ages 15-19 account for about one in 10 distracted driving fatalities. Drivers with more road experience – those ages 20-39 – represent more than 40 percent of distracted driving fatalities. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – an opportunity for each and every one of us to commit to being better drivers, by keeping our hands on the wheel, our eyes on the road...

Ten Startups @ Eureka Park (Part II)

April 20, 2015
In part two of this three part series, we profile three out of 10 entrepreneurs from Eureka Park. Now in its fourth year, Eureka Park encompasses the core of CES—entrepreneurs with an innovative product or technology can show it to the world and receive coverage that they can’t get any place else. Many startups in this technology incubator drew venture capitalists and investors looking for the next big thing in technology. This year, 375 startups exhibited in Eureka Park vs. 200 companies at the 2014 CES. AMPL Labs AMPL Labs showed off its SmartBag, a connected, powered backpack equipped with seven internal USB ports and a laptop charging module. “The idea with the...
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