Used Tech Becomes New

June 12, 2014
Consumer electronics (CE) companies and CEA continue to be committed to reducing the environmental impacts of the industry. Together, we are leading a wide range of initiatives to leverage the power of innovation and educate consumers to help create a greener world. To achieve this, CEA and a dozen leading CE companies created the eCycling Leadership Initiative. This year we have seen continued increases in participation from major CE manufacturers and retailers. In 2013, our industry arranged for more than 620 million pounds of consumer electronics to be recycled. That is an...

The Faces of Innovation: Taylor Umphreys

June 04, 2014
Taylor Umphreys, founder and CEO of Zuli, talks about the company’s beginnings, the future of connected homes and how immigration impacts startups. Explain the concept of Zuli. Imagine if when you walked into your home, it already knew who you were, what room you were in, what temperature you preferred, what lighting settings you liked and then adjusted the home around you without you ever having to take your phone out of your pocket. Or what if your home monitored your power consumption and found ways to save money without you having to do anything. At Zuli we are building the home of the future by making truly...

‘Bibles, Badges and Business’ Bring Momentum to Immigration Reform

May 29, 2014
By Ali Noorani One of the smartest ways to strengthen our economy is to fix our broken immigration system once and for all. It’s no longer debatable that immigration reform will strengthen our global competitive advantage, foster a new generation of American innovation, create a stable legal framework within which businesses can grow and prosper, and improve the wages of all Americans. From those who cook the food we eat to those who create prosperous businesses, new immigrants contribute to our country by working hard as they seek to share the blessings of liberty. And immigrants are a driving...

CEA’s D.C. Policy Week

May 08, 2014
CEA Joins Congress, Hill Staff and Media with Members It’s springtime in Washington D.C., and soon after the cherry blossoms bloom on the National Mall, CEA holds its D.C. policy week each year dedicated to promoting innovation in the consumer electronics (CE) industry. Every day, Congress addresses issues that impact innovation and CEA represents the consumer technology industry on public policy issues. CEA’s D.C. Policy Week included the Digital Patriots Dinner aimed at highlighting innovation before members of Congress and the D.C. tech policy community. Other highlights during the week included CEA’s...

Environmentally and Socially Good Electronics

April 22, 2014
As technology develops and the consumer electronics (CE) industry continues to innovate, consumers often care about more than just the quality and price of their gadgets. Consumers also care if products are environmentally-friendly or have a positive social impact. Companies are meeting these demands by introducing greener and more socially-conscious electronics. Here are just a few. WakaWaka exhibited in Eureka Park at the 2014 International CES and produces a solar charger about the size of a smartphone. It generates enough power to charge mobile devices via a USB port and also has a built-in LED lamp. What makes this product...

The Faces of Innovation: Walter de Brouwer

April 21, 2014
Scanadu makes medical tech devices for consumers. At the 2014 International CES, Scanadu showed their Scout device that gives users readings for heart and breathing rate, temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygenation levels. Company Founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer discusses his vision of the future of home health monitoring. What inspired you to start the company? I’ve been lucky to have several careers in my life from academia and deep space research, to publishing, to telecom. But in 2005, I spent a year in the hospital with my son who had suffered a severe brain injury. I was completely in the dark about medicine...

Innovation Is Key to Automotive Safety

April 17, 2014
CEA continues to showcase its ongoing work to address the public safety issue of driver distraction. Recently U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, held a day-long summit entitled, “Over-Connected and Behind the Wheel: A Summit on Technological Solutions to Distracted Driving.” Veronica O’Connell, CEA’s vice president of congressional affairs, joined representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the...

Looking Ahead

April 15, 2014
CEA has made significant progress on a number of legislative issues. Some of our major accomplishments include the Senate passing a strong immigration bill, and agreeing on a way to equalize tax treatment of Internet and brick-and-mortar goods. Meanwhile, the House passed legislation that would substantially end the patent troll scourge. In the states, we faced a barrage of recycling legislation, engaging with and monitoring more than 50 bills. Thankfully, for the second year in a row no state passed e-waste legislation over CEA’s objection. At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we ...

3D: On-Demand Customization

April 09, 2014
3D printing faces a vibrant future and can influence new trends in manufacturing technology, consumer production and content consumption. But there are still hurdles to mass proliferation. The technology needs to improve to the point where it is intuitive, simple and as reliable to use as a common inkjet printer. As a disruptive technology, it needs to be stewarded effectively to avoid the angst frequently caused by new technologies and business models. At present, 3D model content is not clearly covered by copyright or patent laws. Legal gray areas will need to be addressed and resolved in a sensible manner...
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