New Drones Take Flight

November 24, 2015
Capital is flooding into the once fledgling consumer drone sector. Take CyPhy Works, a drone startup created by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner in Danvers, MA. The company recently announced that it received a whopping $22 million in investments to top off the $7 million it raised just two years ago to expand upon new technology, namely its Parc, a drone that delivers HD footage, and The Pocketflyer, which is small enough to fit into a cargo pocket. The buzz makes sense considering that the technology has been finding interest not just among niche consumers and early adopters, but also major...

Trillion Dollar Trade Deal and New EPA Report

October 28, 2015
Trillion Dollar Trade Deal Within Final Reach: Breakthrough in ITA NegotiationsInformation Technology Agreement (ITA) ambassadors and negotiators at the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached a consensus on the agreement’s scope of product coverage in late July. More than 50 WTO members, reached agreement on the product list of over 200 items slated for tariff removal as part of the ITA. Tariff removal on these products is estimated to eliminate tariffs on more than $1 trillion in global yearly sales of tech products that include loud speakers from companies like VOXX, SVS, Sonos, and Triad, and headphones from Mitek, Box and Beats, next-generation semiconductors and a wide...

New Energy Efficiency Initiative

October 22, 2015
With more than 90 million U.S. homes connecting to the Internet via broadband, the consumer electronics industry and broadband service providers have made it a priority to deliver more energy efficient networking devices. CEA and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) support and recently announced a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment such as broadband modems, routers and integrated access devices. The agreement will reduce energy use by 10 to 20 percent compared to typical, recently-deployed devices—saving consumers both energy and money, and it covers more than 90 percent of U.S. broadband households&mdash...

Tech Hub: STEM Education

October 14, 2015
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the backbone of our industry. A great idea is only part of the process, these fields are what puts schemes in motion and make concepts a reality. According to the California STEM Learning Network, STEM is deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. These programs give students hands-on, problem-based learning to prepare them to make a difference. Here are a few success stories that show the impact STEM has on the younger generation and the CE industry:Boeing has its hand in the STEM pot with a program called Engineering is Elementary (EiE). The program serves children and educators in grades K...

Business Apps: Innovation Goes Mobile For Two Startups

October 01, 2015
As just about everyone knows, small businesses make up the heart of the U.S. economy. In fact, independent firms with fewer than 500 employees now account for a whopping 99.7 percent of all U.S. companies and nearly two-thirds of annual job gains in the private sector, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Not surprisingly, startups generate much of this economic activity. Each year about 200,000 new firms emerge from the cradle to rejuvenate and drive the ever-evolving U.S. economy. In this article, we’re going to focus on two very different recent startups—Apio Systems and Claim It!—that are using innovative mobile apps to...

Jeff Glueck, COO of Foursquare

September 29, 2015
A frontrunner in the industry, Jeff Glueck has worked in leadership positions at various tech companies, such as serving as CEO at mobile software startup Skyfire and now as COO of Foursquare. As many in the innovation economy know, the booming tech industry has brought about a booming patent trolling industry. So it should come as no surprise that Glueck needs two hands to count all of his encounters with frivolous patent lawsuits. “It’s sad when you work hard to create real inventions and a group of lawyers with a vague patent—that never should have been granted in the first place—can derail your business with a groundless claim.”Glueck joined CEA and other...

Meeting the Technical Challenges of Unmanned Aircraft System Integration

September 28, 2015
By Michael Huerta, FAA AdministratorIntegrating unmanned aircraft into our nation’s airspace is a big job, and it’s one the FAA is determined to get right. It’s also going to require that we take fresh approaches to the technological challenges integration poses. Earlier this year, we took an important step forward by releasing a proposed rule laying out a flexible framework for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft. It included a number of common sense provisions, like not flying in restricted airspace, not flying at night, and not flying more than 500 feet off the ground. It also recommended that the operator be able to see the unmanned vehicle at all...

M-Enabling Summit

September 14, 2015
On June 1, CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro addressed an international audience of developers, service providers, handset manufacturers and assistive and accessible technology experts at the 2015 M-Enabling Summit, a forum dedicated to mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. In his keynote address, Shapiro detailed several tech trends poised to take off in the next decade that will revolutionize accessibility solutions for everyone. The following is an excerpt: As a non-governmental organization, CEA’s mission is to promote the trade of consumer electronics (CE) technology. But we define ourselves a little bit...

Hardware and Software at Your Fingertips

September 08, 2015
Kevin McCarthyFounder, McCarthy Music Kevin McCarthy, founder of McCarthy Music, says he’s “a software guy by background.” But three years ago, he took on a new project—integrating software into a musical instrument that is now McCarthy Music’s flagship product. The Illuminating Piano—which officially launched in January—lightens the instrument’s keys in sync with pre-loaded music that allows almost anyone to learn to play the piano. This first-of-its-kind tech product blends hardware, software and cloud computing to physically show you how to play the piano while tracking your progress over time. After a recent feature about the...
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