Spotting the Next-Generation Internet

March 25, 2016
One of the many conference panels at CES 2016 was the “Business Impact from the Internet’s Move to IPv6.” The panel featured industry experts from Verizon Wireless, Facebook, Comcast and American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the body responsible for allocating Internet addresses to organizations in North America. The discussion covered various topics, from data showing enhanced performance for IPv6- enabled mobile Facebook users, to ARIN’s point that the older IPv4 technology no longer covered “the whole Internet.” At root is the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, respectively the old and current versions of the core addressing system for the...

What Happened at CES 2016 With T&S

February 23, 2016
Consumer technology companies understand the value of standards and how fundamental they are to a healthy industry. CTA has a robust standards development program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). At the 2015 CES, we highlighted some CTA standards projects with our “Featured Standards” conference panels including the Internet of Things, driving safely with the CE industry and sleep monitoring with consumer gear. The sessions were so helpful in spreading the word that we are “featuring” additional standards at CES 2016, and gathering industry alliances together for a unique networking event. Featured Standards at CES 2016 &ldquo...

A Look at the Standards Forum

December 02, 2015
CTA’s Technology & Standards team had lofty goals approaching the Fall Technology & Standards Forum, held at the Sony Electronics Inc. headquarters in San Diego. CTA’s Health and Fitness Technology Subcommittee launched two new standards projects addressing wearable technology. CTA also honored two industry engineers for their contributions to standards activities. The Technology & Standards Forum, sponsored by Sony and LG/Zenith, provides CTA’s standards committees with the opportunity to meet face to face and work on new ideas to keep the consumer technology industry moving forward. Committees met to address audio, video, portable devices, aftermarket...

A Three-Faceted Challenge

August 31, 2015
What if some Internet applications, like video streaming, stopped working? Mind you, I am not suggesting we are anywhere near that point, but it does take planning and ongoing work to keep the Internet and devices that connect to it working properly. CEA is doing its part, working with industry leaders in three important areas: security, reachability and interoperability. Security Reducing the number of hacked devices and security breaches is an ongoing effort. We will always be fighting that battle. We can start by getting basic security steps right. Some of the well-known Web camera hacks took advantage of simple weaknesses, such as open “back doors” that were supposed to...

Who Said Standards Development is Slow?

June 30, 2015
Most engineers shudder at the idea of getting involved in a new standards development project. Getting a group of competitors in the same room to discuss the solutions to industry problems probably means a lengthy time commitment, as these competitors are going to defend their company’s interest. Or does it? In today’s world of fast-paced innovation, can standards be developed quickly to support an industry need while maintaining a consensus-based atmosphere? The answer is yes. In just over two months, CEA’s DTV Interface Subcommittee launched, balloted and published CEA-861.3, Static HDR Metadata...

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...

The Three Pillars

July 31, 2014
One of my favorite teachers once said to the class, “Anything in excess can be bad,” which by itself would have been profound, and probably forgotten, except the subject was Dolly Parton and it was a Catholic high school. Because of its humor-wrapped delivery, I still remember the advice, which underpins the three pillars of healthy living: fitness, balanced diet and sleep. Our bodies need all three, and in variety, to function properly. Health and fitness technology, and wearables in particular, have a role in keeping these three pillars upright and in proportion. We are in a period of rapid product innovation as designers search for the ideal intersection of human nature...

Sensing Change

May 22, 2014
Unless you are a politician talking about the national debt, one trillion is a big number. It certainly is big when it applies to electronics devices—no category comes close to that today. Even popular smartphones are expected to “only” total 1.2 billion units this year. Yet, one trillion is the number of sensors experts say will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2022. One way to get there is a simple extension of what we see today. A dozen sensors in every phone and dozens in every car—pretty soon you are talking real numbers. The more interesting and radical addition is the “sensory...

Innovations in Assistive Technologies

April 11, 2014
Innovation took center stage at the 2014 International CES® with amazing new products in the areas of wireless, apps, automotive, digital health and fitness, 3D printing, and startup tech. Some of these devices could have profound implications for mHealth, telemedicine, assistive technologies, and healthcare marketing. But not all new technologies at CES come with fanfare. Often, it’s the gradual advance in technology innovation that can have a huge impact and improve consumers’ lives. One such area is sound quality, thanks to the gains being made in the production and use of high resolution...
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