Paper Battery Company, Innovation Entrepreneur Award, 2015 Startup of the Year

November 12, 2015
It’s a challenge for traditional batteries to deliver peak power without a lot of bulk. The Paper Battery Co. is starting to ship supercapacitors that are paper-thin, flexible, and capable of recharging fast and high-power pulses, with a longer lifespan and a lower risk of overheating compared to chemical batteries. Paper Battery got its start at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in upstate New York: The three inventors, all post-doctorates, had been working on a project involving a medical device made with nanomaterials. As they were working with the device, one of them realized that, with some modifications, its architecture could be used as a battery. They tested the idea...

Hong Lip Yow, Trident Case, Innovation Entrepreneur Award, 2015 Small Business Executive of the Year

November 12, 2015
Live with impact: That’s Hong Lip Yow’s goal for his business as well as his life. The CEO of Trident Case aims to provide consumers the maximum protection for their mobile devices, and in the process he continues to give back to the community. Growing up in Malaysia, Yow was influenced greatly by his Chinese immigrant father, who ran a lumber shop and taught him about responsibility to the local community and his employees. Yow draws on those origins to create the culture at Trident, which is excelling at creating local jobs and charitable partnerships as well as innovative products. Trident is best known for its protective cases that are made from bio-enhanced plastics and...

AcousticSheep, Innovation Entrepreneur Award, 2015 Small Business of the Year

November 12, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, which affects health, productivity and relationships. Back in 2007, family physician Wei-Shin Lai was having trouble sleeping. “I would get phone calls at 3 AM from someone with a medication question or from a parent about a sick child, and it would be really hard for me to get to sleep afterward,” she recalls. “I didn’t want to take anything for it, because I’d have to be awake for the next phone call and the next morning. My husband suggested that I listen to some music to fall back asleep, but headphones and earbuds weren’t...

Innovation in Action

November 12, 2015
CTA’s Innovation Entrepreneur Awards program recognizes executives and businesses with revenues under $30 million for the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. The plan in 2015 was to recognize one small business, one startup and one individual executive, but the field was so rich with contenders that the panel of judges selected two startups this year. This year’s award winners are creating the future of consumer electronics from all across America (click for more information): Acoustic Sheep, the maker of SleepPhones Trident Case CEO Hong Lip Yow Sports video startup Whistle Sports Network Supercapacitor-based energy storage and battery enhancement technology...

Wearables Get a Facelift

October 30, 2015
Wearables and fitness bands are now big business. At the 2015 International CES fitness bands were more plentiful than almost anything else on the show floor. Quoting David Pogue, Yahoo! tech editor, “you couldn’t throw a frisbee at CES without hitting a new fitness band or wearable.” But at the end of the day, the best fitness tracker is the one you’ll actually keep wearing, not relegating it to the back of the closet or putting it on eBay after a few weeks. This year manufacturers are doubling up on their efforts to keep you engaged and actively using your wearables...

Risks Weigh to the Downside

October 26, 2015
When forecasters talk about risks, we talk about risks relative to our forecasts. We weigh these risks in balance with our forecasts. Forecasters are first, and foremost, concerned with accuracy—anything that causes actual results to deviate from our projects are risks to our forecast. Consequently, there are risks to the upside and risks to the downside. Upside risks drive the actual outcomes higher than our projections and forecasts. Most would view these as favorable risks. Downside risks are the inverse. They pull actual outcomes below forecast projections. As I weigh the aggregate risks to our forecasts as we enter the back half of 2015, they are decidedly to the downside...

Market Research Update: August-September 2015

October 09, 2015
CEA's Market Research Department has released its bimonthly research update infographic. This edition focuses on accessories at retail, back to school shopping and upcoming research.

Mobile Video Keeps Growing

September 18, 2015
The mobile video juggernaut is underway. Three new research reports from GfK MRI, Ooyala and Opera Mediaworks verify the fast adoption of entertainment via smartphones, tablets and other take-along devices. These studies surfaced amid a continuing burst of creative projects. GfK’s Share of the Clock study showed that 28 percent of all TV viewing is now watched via digital streaming, and that mobile and computer screens account for 16 percent of time spent viewing TV content. “TV has taken on a new meaning, with different approaches to combining streaming and traditional platforms and viewing,&rdquo...

Five Ways to Future-Proof Your Business

September 10, 2015
In today’s hyper-competitive business world, unpredictability is all that we can predict, and uncertainty is the only certainty. But for technology leaders, a few simple shifts in thinking can transform the face of any organization. Following are five strategies that enterprises of every size can use to become more nimble, agile and resilient in the face of any market challenge. 1. Move Faster and More Purposefully. Don’t just compete on cost or quality. Compete on time-to-market (30-90 days is the new industry standard), and—most importantly—compete to differentiate yourself. The more unique...
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