Technology Transforms Lives

April 04, 2016
Technology has the power to make a profound difference in people’s lives. As the demographics in the U.S. and around the world shift towards an older population, technology will help engage seniors and combat social loneliness. According to Nielsen, there is a tremendous business opportunity for the consumer technology industry as Americans age 50 and older are expected to control 70 percent of the country’s disposable income by 2017, and inherit $15 trillion in the next 20 years. The Consumer Technology Association Foundation (CTAF) serves a vital role in supporting nonprofit organizations using technology to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. The...

Volkswagen's Dr. Herbert Diess

January 20, 2016
Dr. Herbert Diess Explains Why Volkswagen is Going ElectricWhen Dr. Herbert Diess, a former BMW executive, became head of Volkswagen’s Core Passenger Car brand in July 2015, he took on a difficult task. In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had alleged that some four-cylinder engine Volkswagen vehicles were enabled to fraudulently pass emissions tests. The Volkswagen Group announced on September 22, that roughly five million Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide were affected by issues regarding emissions. However, new vehicles do not have this issue. Diess, 57 was appointed Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management...

Flex's Jeannine Sargent

November 20, 2015
Disrupting the Status Quo Soon billions of intelligent things will be woven into the daily fabric of our lives. Imagine a world where every individual, business, service and process will be connected to a cloud of intelligent products and systems that learn from one another, helping people discover new and better ways of doing nearly everything. This is the vision of Flex. The $26 billion company began more than 40 years ago in Silicon Valley as Flextronics Inc., a supply chain solutions company. However, with the digitization of products and the promise of the Intelligence of Things, the company has ...

Innovator: Lutron's Michael Pessina

October 20, 2015
Walking into the Lutron Electronics’ Experience Center in the company’s Coopersburg, PA headquarters is a delight for the senses. The beautifully appointed mock home features a kitchen, living room, bedroom and outdoor area where visitors can experience first-hand, Lutron’s residential and commercial products. Lights, motorized shades and temperature controls, as well as sophisticated LED fixtures, occupancy sensors and total light management systems are coordinated to showcase the capabilities of Lutron lighting control and connected home solutions. Walk into the home theater, and shades glide silently...

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...
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