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...

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...

What's Coming in 2014?

December 20, 2013
What do we expect will be the hot standards activities in 2014? It’s impossible to predict but clear that portable and connected devices drive many possibilities. CEA is developing Guidelines for Reducing Visual-Manual Driver Distraction During Interactions with Portable or Handheld Electronic Devices, a title only an engineer can love on a subject we all care about—keeping drivers safe and focused while allowing appropriate use of electronics. Another recently launched project provides a profile for CE devices using IPv6 addressing to hasten the transition to a world of limitless IP addresses.   It may come as a surprise that even though streaming music and other...
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