A New Name for Your Association

November 06, 2015
Since 2000, when we outgrew our parent the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), we have been called the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Before that we had other names that reflected our industry’s evolution. In fact, we began as the Radio Manufacturers Association in 1924. We have evolved and changed with the times. Indeed, in 2000 we had 645 members and the CES had some one million net square feet (nsf) of exhibitspace. Today we have more than 2,200 members and the 2015 CES exhibitors filled over 2.3 million nsf of exhibit space. It’s not only the number of customers which has grown, it’s who they are. In 2000 we had...

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...

VR: Getting Better Before Your Eyes

October 16, 2015
Gazing into the consumer electronics crystal ball can be a risky business, but amidst the haze some things are clear, especially about virtual reality (VR) systems. For starters, VR will almost certainly capture headlines at CES 2016. That projection is by no means a stretch: the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will launch in early 2016 as well as Sony’s Project Morpheus, the PlayStation 4 powered VR system. Beyond that add a slew of current or soon-to-be-revealed VR gear from Samsung, Google, Valve, HP, Microsoft and Nokia, among others, and it becomes clear that if you have VR in your veins CES 2016 is where you...

International Focus: France

October 08, 2015
Cisco Bets Big on France’s Startup Economy “France has almost limitless potential and our mission is to support innovation across our entire ecosystem,” Robert Vassoyan, chief executive of Cisco France, said in a statement, as the company announced a broad range of investments in French startups. The announcement follows a visit to France earlier this year by then-CEO John Chambers, who was impressed by the country’s startup scene. Cisco will invest $100 million in incubator and accelerator programs for startups, along with a number of initiatives including “Le Defi” (The Cisco Challenge) and the...

Is Science Fiction Colliding With Health Solutions?

October 05, 2015
What will the intersection of tech with health, genomics and medicine look like in the next few years? We are on the cusp of a transformative revolution. Cross-disciplinary sectors are collaborating across the biomedical and technology spectrum from mobile and digital health to 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, pharma and synthetic biology. It’s about telemedicine, eHealth, electronic medical records/electronic health records, personal genomics, big data and health IT.   It’s also about healthcare providers, consumers and researchers working together to address complex clinical...

Unexpected Connections

September 15, 2015
I recently read that Sir Richard Branson has a philosophy that runs through all of his companies—it’s called A-B-C-D. (Always Be Connecting the Dots). It’s so simple but inspired me to look a little deeper at current events swirling around. Some seem random, but are they really tied together in some way? For example, that chance encounter when you bump into someone at an airport and it leads to a lasting relationship that changes your business or career or maybe it’s a fresh focus that leads to innovation in a service, process, product or business model. The people that see the world’s connections and...

Getting Around With Technology

September 04, 2015
It has never been easier to travel around a city, to and from work, or on a road trip. It seems that almost every week a new, innovative app or service comes onto the scene and makes our lives even easier. The days are gone where you have to stand on the corner in the rain trying to hail a cab, driving around for hours trying to find parking or being lost in the country side with no road signs. Here are some of the latest and greatest applications and services that make getting around as easy as pressing a button. TransitScreen A transportation software and digital signage company that provides real-time transit information displays. The TransitScreen service is a live, real-time...

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...

Budding Mobile Video Platforms

August 26, 2015
Move over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Live streaming and image-sharing platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and newbies like Meerkat and Periscope are gaining attention. Are they the taste du jour—or something else? The grassroots culture that started the craze of posting selfies on Instagram is now shifting to sharing experiences through live video streaming apps on various platforms. While Facebook has let people post videos for years, it says viewership soared from three billion videos per day in January to four billion per day in April.YouTube is evolving from “home-made” videos to offering OTT long and short-form professional entertainment. It is part...
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