Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes

November 19, 2014
A survey by CEA found that 60 percent of consumers are concerned about their electric bills, and energy consumption was the third-most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price. And the consumer electronics (CE) industry is listening. The industry has made huge strides in recent years across a variety of environmentally friendly programs. The pay-TV industry, CE manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates saved American consumers roughly $168 million in energy bills last year by voluntarily improving the efficiency of set-top boxes according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual...

Your Sustainability Story

October 09, 2014
Does your product have special energy-saving features, perhaps an eco-mode? Is your packaging sustainable and recyclable? Is the product made from recycled materials? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the next question is whether or not your customers are aware of all your sustainability efforts. It’s possible that consumers are using your green products and don’t even know it. As the consumer electronics (CE) industry continues to grow its sustainability efforts, each year brings new scientific and engineering breakthroughs to make products more energy efficient, less resource-intensive ...

Why We Need a National Electronics Recycling Framework

October 07, 2014
If you are a CE manufacturer you probably already know about the 25 different sets of recycling requirements, fees and registrations you face across 25 U.S. states. Between 2003 and 2011 our industry experienced a flood of electronics recycling legislation, and those 25 different state laws now cover about two-thirds of the U.S. population. The CE industry is the guinea pig in a relatively new legal and environmental concept called “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR). EPR experiments are now underway in half of the states in an attempt to shift some, or all, responsibility for managing products when they reach end-of-life onto product manufacturers. This means moving the...

Innovation Entrepreneur Awards

October 02, 2014
The consumer electronics (CE) industry has its big names and leaders like Sony, Samsung and LG. But a big part of what keeps the industry innovative and progressive are its entrepreneurs and small businesses. The third annual Innovation Entrepreneur Awards (IEA), launched by It Is Innovation (i3) magazine and the CEA Small Business Council in 2012, recognizes entrepreneurs and small businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. At this year’s CEA’s Innovate! conference in Phoenix, the IEA honerees were selected by a distinguished panel of media and industry professionals, then announced during a keynote luncheon: Reza Raji...

SXSW's Startup Celebration

September 24, 2014
Tech Cocktail and CEA joined forces at the 2014 South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) back in March to honor America’s hottest startups and also give them an interactive platform to reach a greater audience. Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration, sponsored by .CO and CEA, included a pitch jam competition that featured 20 startups from across the country. Each startup had 60 seconds to appeal to a panel of judges, including tech titans Steve Case and Senator Mark Warner.   In the end, two startups walked away as champions. The overall Best Pitch award went to Macho, an online platform that takes the hassle...

Four Entrepreneurs Reveal What Inspires Them

September 12, 2014
Stories typically have a beginning, middle and end. But when it comes to the surprising course creativity can sometimes take, the plot line tends to be anything but straight and narrow. In hopes of finding out what truly inspires fresh new innovation in the fast-paced digital age, we asked several young entrepreneurs to share the secrets of their creative process— what inspires them, how it became real and how they intend to change the world. The Ultimate DIY "I never intended to start a company, but it turned out there was such a demand for an affordable, high-resolution 3D scanner, I literally felt I had no choice but to build something out of what we created," Drew...

Boston: The Silicon Valley of the East Coast

September 08, 2014
Boston presents the perfect mix of ingredients to startups and entrepreneurs looking to make their visions into reality. Let’s take a look at how Boston sustains its lucrative innovation community.Location Most of Boston’s “innovation areas” are a rock’s throw away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University and Harvard. Proximity to these prestigious academic institutions supplies startups and entrepreneurs with the talent and research in various fields needed to drive innovation in the tech industry.OpportunityInsights, venture capitalists in Massachusetts invested more than $1.9 billion across 188 deals during the first half of...

Enjoy Those Efficient Electronics

July 23, 2014
Consumer electronics (CE) devices in homes are more efficient today, as innovation prevails and consumers adopt greener purchasing habits. On average, electronics now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household than just three years ago, despite the growing number of devices in homes. CE devices accounted for just a 12 percent share of residential electricity consumption in the U.S. last year, which is a nine percent drop from their residential share in 2010, according to CEA’s commissioned study Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2013.   The study estimates U.S. households were actively using nearly 3.8 billion CE devices...

1776’s Challenge Festival

July 16, 2014
1776's Challenge Cup Brings Regulators and Disruptors Together Barely six months after it opened its doors in D.C., 1776—a collaborative workspace for startups—announced an eight-month-long quest for the best ideas to revolutionize health, energy, education and urban planning. The group’s Challenge Cup was open to U.S. as well as international participants with 16 preliminary rounds taking place in seven American cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Austin, Denver and San Francisco) and eight abroad (Moscow, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Beijing and New Delhi...
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