Leveraging Tech at the Winter Olympics

February 21, 2014
The Sochi Olympics boast remarkable athletic talent, but athletes are not the only ones deserving of a medal this year. Breakthroughs in technology revolutionized both the athlete and attendee experience, and made following the games from home easier than ever before. Last month at the 2014 International CES® we witnessed the disruptive tech transforming the industry and changing the way we live, work and play. Here’s an inside look into how many of these technologies were leveraged in some way, shape or form either at the winter games or from our homes.Wearable tech: From technologically advanced racing suits and training gear, to health and fitness monitors and mobile apps...

Watch for Wearables

January 24, 2014
For the New Year, C4 is focusing on wearable technologies. Two key events catapulted wearables—the introduction of Google Glass and the launch of the Pebble Smartwatch, the crowdfunding wonder that raised more than $10 million, making it one of the most successful Kickstarter projects to date. The fusion of fashion and accessories with associated apps, software and hardware will change the way people use technology in their everyday lives. It is becoming more common to connect low-energy devices like wristbands to iPhones for health or behavior tracking—with technologies like micro-controllers...

Consider Hiring Returning Veterans

January 23, 2014
Visiting with retailers, service providers and manufacturers, I often hear about the need for qualified employees. Indeed, CEA is aggressively leading the charge to relax our immigration laws to allow highly skilled immigrants, especially those with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees to remain in the U.S. upon graduation and contribute to our economy. But while immigration law changes will help us retain our innovative edge, what about jobs in sales, service, installation, repair and returns evaluation? I suggest every CEA member look at hiring veterans. It makes business sense and it is the right thing...

Essential Patents

January 21, 2014
Modern technology is built on a foundation of industry standards. Standards developing organizations (SDOs) like CEA are vital to bringing new products to market. But sometimes overly-aggressive patent litigation can get in the way of standards setting, stymieing new products. SDOs bring technical experts and the companies they work for together to collaborate on a common set of standards. Once a standard becomes part of a product’s design, it can work with other devices, regardless of manufacturer. Technology standards also enable interoperability between new products and devices already in the...

Disruptive Tech at CES

January 16, 2014
Innovation is the engine of growth for the consumer electronics industry and there is no better place to see it in action than at the International CES. i3 is packed with articles that explore this innovative industry—from flying drones that let us look at the world in new ways in our interview with Parrot’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Henri Seydoux to the latest digital health advances. In this issue get a glimpse at what the media sees at CES Unveiled before the show opens and view our exclusive guide to the 2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase Awards. At CES entrepreneurs launch their ideas at Eureka Park&mdash...

MEMS-Based Sensors: Crucial in Smart CE

January 14, 2014
What could link a sensor used to detect head impacts in football helmets to DNA chips, inkjet printer heads, devices that determine display orientation in smartphones and image stabilizer systems in digital cameras? The answer is they all depend on MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) technology. MEMS devices are miniaturized mechanical systems produced using a semiconductor fabrication technique. The use of this construction method not only makes possible the reduction of sensor dimensions (MEMS devices range in size from 20 micrometers to one millimeter) but also allows the integration of both mechanical and...

International Focus: South Korea

January 13, 2014
Rumors of a Curved Samsung Screen Samsung filed a patent in May for a smartphone that would feature a curved screen design that wraps around three sides of the device and includes a convex shaped display. The screen, covering the left and right side of the device, where volume and camera buttons are usually located, is interactive and displays a charging meter, bookmarks or other information. The patent files also include the function of dragging items from the edge to a visual clipboard, says Techradar. South Korea, Belgium Seek ‘Creative Economy’ Under South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s &ldquo...

Academia Tech Debuts at CES

January 05, 2014
Looking for the latest innovations bubbling out of university research labs? Check out the all new Academia Tech TechZone at CES located within Eureka Park that showcases cutting-edge tech breakthroughs from research universities around the world. New technologies include nano-scale engineering, digital health monitors and a light-sensor indoor positioning system. Here’s a look at who’s who in this exhilarating new TechZone.  Center on Optical Wireless Apps The Venetian, Level 1, 73008 The Center on Optical Wireless Apps (COWA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaboration between Penn State and Georgia Tech that focuses on wireless technologies for use...

Parrot’s Henri Seydoux

January 05, 2014
You could call Henri Seydoux a serial entrepreneur. From high fashion footwear to manufacturing wireless Bluetooth products, Seydoux has forged an interesting career path in Paris. Self-educated, he began his career in 1978 as a journalist with the cutting-edge French magazine Actuel. In 1981, he joined the sales team at the Matin de Paris newspaper.     Seydoux’s encounter with Roland Moreno, the inventor of the smart card (SIM card), inspired him to switch from a career in journalism to focus on software engineering. In 1982, he joined SSCI as an OS software developer, before working for Microarchi. In 1985, he formed his first company BBS, and then created BSCA in...
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