Disruptive Commercial Drones

December 09, 2014
Commercial uses for drones aka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to make a big impact across diverse industries. The implications are virtually endless. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sparked people’s imagination in 2013 when he discussed Amazon’s UAV aspirations for shorthop deliveries on 60 Minutes. Today, Amazon is experimenting with the eighth generation of its Prime Air UAV. Similarly, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to employ UAVs to bring affordable Internet access to the five billion people in the developing world who lack connectivity. The company then purchased U.K.-based drone maker Ascenta, while Google scooped-up Titan Aerospace, a two-year old...

Ubiquitous Sensors Collect Data

December 05, 2014
Sensors are to CE products like water is to fish. Inseparable. And that’s a good thing because sensors are helping to ensure a steady flow of improvements to enhance the operation of devices such as smartphones (driving a new wave of mobile apps for health and fitness), tablets, IoT- (Internet of Things) enabled appliances, gaming systems and wearable computing products. Indeed, the user appeal of new CE offerings now depends, to a large extent, on the quality of their sensors. The new Apple iPhone 6, for example, uses a new sensorbased co-processor (M8) designed for fitness apps that let it know...

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...

International Focus: Vietnam

November 07, 2014
Samsung to Expand Investment in Ho Chi Minh City Samsung group will invest a total of $1.4 billion to build a factory in Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon High-tech Park, according to Vietnam’s Thanh nien newspaper. the factory—which will cover 70 hectares of land and employ between 4,000 and 5,000 workers—is expected to open in 2016. According to Thanh nien, the factory will focus on manufacturing electronic household utensils. The investment has doubled the GDP growth of the Thai Nguyen province to 15 percent in just six months according to the local people’s committee. As part of a $1.5 billion investment plan, LG...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Tim Westergren

November 04, 2014
(1965- )Founder, Pandora Internet Radio  The phonograph and the radio were revolutionary ways to listen to music. Tim Westergren innovated another way – Pandora Internet radio. Using a complex algorithm, Pandora enables users to create targeted, personalized streaming radio stations and now attracts a monthly audience of more than 75 million listeners through its seemingly ubiquitous and de rigueur mobile and more than 1,000 other connected devices.   Born four days before Christmas 1965 in Minneapolis, MN, Westergren took up the piano as a seven-year old while living in France where his family had just moved. He learned about blues and jazz, and then got swept up in 80...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Victor and Janie Tsao

October 28, 2014
Co-Founders, LinksysVictor and Janie Tsao began their story in Taiwan, both coming from humble beginnings. They met at Tamkang University in Taipei while earning their bachelor’s degrees, Victor in computer science and Janie in English literature. Janie moved to the U.S. in 1975 and landed a job with Sears Roebuck in information technology. Later, she also held system manager positions at TRW and Carter Hawley Hale. Victor moved to the U.S. in 1976 to continue his education. He earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980 and later in his career, earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Victor worked in various software...

Unleash the Startups

October 01, 2014
Change can be spontaneous or so slow that it is barely noticed, but it is always in motion. Change should be embraced. Entrepreneurs don’t fear change even though following their passion could mean costly mistakes. In many instances, these mistakes provide valuable lessons that form the foundation for their businesses. In this issue, we meet with some entrepreneurs who are leading a variety of startups. We check in with the winners of Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration sponsored by Tech Cocktail and CEA at SXSW, Danny Cho co-founder of Macho and Joshua Stone, co-founder of Puhsh, for the latest developments in their businesses. We also ask four entrepreneurs working in...

What Happened at Forum?

September 30, 2014
Tracking personal health and fitness through a smartphone is becoming more common. Health and fitness wearables have taken a large step forward, no longer acting as just simple pedometers. Today’s wearables market allows consumers to track more in-depth health-related information such as blood pressure, sleep statistics and fitness monitoring. CEA has embraced the health and fitness wearable’s market as a way to help improve lives. Part of CEA’s efforts to grow this product category involve its standards program, which together with the National Sleep Foundation has begun an effort to...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Dr. David Lee

September 29, 2014
(1956- )Founder, Silicon Image   Every child grows up with a big dream. Dr. David Lee’s aspiration to become a diplomat rooted from his desire to make the world a better place. While these youthful political goals proved to be short-lived, Lee’s impact on society has been anything but that. Every time we sit down to watch a high-definition television program or see a crisp digital image cross our computer monitors, we owe Lee a debt of gratitude. As the founder of Silicon Image and the mastermind behind the HDMI and the DVI PC interfaces, it is Lee’s innovations that seamlessly connect our AV devices and fuel our high-definition world.   Born in Seoul...
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