CEA Chair and Starpower's Chairman Dan Pidgeon

July 24, 2015
Sophisticated luxury describes Starpower’s sleek showroom in North Dallas where customers can dream of designing their own custom high-end home entertainment and automation systems. Customers are treated to a VIP experience where a company rep is always available to answer questions and turn their vision into reality. Architect Phil White, formerly of Victoria’s Secret and Limited stores, designed the stylish showroom to appeal equally to the female and male demographic who want a premium, custom installation of audio, video, security and home automation and entertainment tied together in a seamless package. Daniel Pidgeon, 46, is head of this family-owned business. As the...

Innovation in China

May 18, 2015
The inaugural International CES Asia takes place in Shanghai on May 25-27. The event, with more than 15,000 exhibitors expected, showcases global innovation. i3 looks at two very different Chinese companies that are innovative leaders in their unique spaces: China Mobile with IoT and JD.com with e-commerce. China Mobile M2M is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile Limited founded in September 2013. The company headquarters is located in the National IoT Industrial Park in Chongqing, China and employs more than 300 specialized talented professionals. China Mobile M2M’s strategic objective is to become...

Lowe’s Kyle Nel

March 20, 2015
“Coloring outside the lines” is a cliché yet it describes Kyle Nel with his innovative approach to problem solving. By leveraging sci-fi prototyping in a comic book format along with case studies, he is transforming traditional retail. Nel looks at probable future scenarios using technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and robotics. As the executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, part of Lowe’s Companies Inc., he leads a team that brings together uncommon partners to imagine what could be and provide scalable solutions for problems that confront consumers daily. With a...

GoPro's Nick Woodman

January 05, 2015
The concept in 2002: a camera to self-document extreme sports. Net worth in 2015: $1.3 billion. Nicholas Woodman, the founder and CEO of action camera maker GoPro, grew up in the Silicon Valley community of Atherton as the son of an investment banker who had a passion for surfing. Going to school surrounded by tech startups may explain his entrepreneurial DNA. Today he is wildly successful and leads one of the most popular consumer electronics companies in the world. He also is an accomplished amateur racecar driver, surfer and mountain biker in addition to being the inventor of the GoPro line of HD cameras designed for rugged, wet and harsh environments. But it wasn’t always that...

Fitbit's Woody Scal

December 02, 2014
CEA’s Health and Fitness Technology Division was created in 2013 to explore where health and fitness intersects with consumer technology. The division leverages CEA’s resources to advance its goal of increasing awareness of health and fitness electronics. The group is open to all CEA members interested in shaping the future of the consumer electronics, health and fitness industries. Leading the board as chair is Fitbit’s Chief Revenue Officer Woody Scal. With more than 20 years of experience with highgrowth consumer product companies on both the management and investment side, Scal has been leading Fitbit’s growth since he joined in 2010. Before Fitbit, he was EVP...

ViXS Systems' Sally Daub

September 03, 2014
Sally Daub has always been an entrepreneur, finding creative ways to make money, such as starting a concert promotion business while at university in Canada. After university, she moved rapidly through more responsible corporate roles, culminating in co-founding ViXS Systems Inc., with three partners in 2001. Under her leadership as president and CEO, ViXS has grown from a small start-up to a leading provider of media processing solutions for the global pay television and consumer electronics industries that went public in 2013. ViXS has developed a large portfolio of semiconductor products and associated ...

Comigo’s Dov Moran

August 06, 2014
A passionate innovator, Dov Moran is the founder and chairman of M-Systems known for creating the world’s first flash drive (DiskOnChip) in 1995 and, in 1999, the first USB flash drive (DiskOnKey) for which he holds a patent. The company’s patents were sold for $1.6 billion to SanDisk in 2006. He also created modu, which made modular cellular devices selling that company’s patents to Google for $4.9 million; and, most recently, his startup Comigo launched in 2012, a comprehensive, multi-screen TV platform, which offers a revolutionary personal and social viewing experience and provides contextual VAS on top of the...

Cobra Electronics’ Jim Bazet and Sally Washlow: Leading Innovation

May 15, 2014
If you are an outdoor boating or driving enthusiast or a professional driver, chances are good that you own one of Cobra’s wide swath of consumer electronics devices aimed at keeping you connected, informed and entertained. The company, founded by Carl Korn in 1948 as B&K Electronics, a television repair business, morphed over the years officially being named Cobra Electronics in 1993. The company’s strategic global expansion is being led by James (Jim) Bazet who joined Cobra in 1998. Under his leadership, as chairman and CEO, Cobra Electronics has twice been named one of the Best 200 Small...

MC10’s David Icke: Integrated Body Computing

March 21, 2014
Tucked away in a nondescript brick building in Cambridge, Mass. is an innovative startup hard at work. On the second level in an open loft-like space is where the magic happens as more than 50 employees and interns are busy working on transforming the way people manage their health. Leading the charge is MC10’s CEO David Icke, who says the $300 billion microelectronics industry is based on rigid brittle silicon in boxy packages and therefore, has limitations for wearable technology. To counter this, MC10 reshapes electronics to create thin, conformal systems that flex, stretch and bend seamlessly. Its technology...
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