Kicking Things Off at the 2015 International CES

February 11, 2015
Getting a head start on tackling the more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at the 2015 International CES, members of the media made their way to Mandalay Bay on Sunday for CES Unveiled Las Vegas and back again the following day for Press Day. This year, CES Press Day featured 26 exhibitor press conferences and some of the biggest announcements of the show.   With exhibitors focusing on technology trends ranging from concept cars incorporating gesture control to smart home technologies and innovative displays, it was hard to find a sector of the industry not represented in the halls of Mandalay Bay before the show floor even opened. Announcements included Sling TV...

The Next Connected Spoke

February 09, 2015
You’re driving down the road with your pregnant wife in the passenger’s seat, and sensors in your car register that a vehicle on the right is about to hit her door. Your instinct is to swerve left, but there’s a child on a bike in your path. You don’t have to worry because your car instantly analyzes the situation and automatically takes control, maneuvering to minimize injury to everyone.   Sound wonderful? Unfortunately that dream of a totally connected vehicle that knows exactly what to do in all road situations is not a few years off. It’s in ...

Get Smart at Home

February 06, 2015
Want to be able to activate a hidden camera on your porch when someone presses your door bell and forward the video to your cell phone so you can see who is at your door? Use your smartphone’s speech recognition technology to turn on your house lights from your driveway? Or ask your washing machine to turn on when the electricity rate is cheapest? The smart home will be a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT), with analysts projecting that the IoT market could generate billions of dollars globally by 2020. Thirteen percent of broadband households already own at least one smart home device, and a survey by CEA and Parks Associates found that 20 percent of households with...

CES Showcases Big Game Tech

January 30, 2015
With the Super Bowl right around the corner, having the latest and greatest technology is key to many football enthusiasts. The 2015 International CES showcased products that deliver pristine picture, crisp audio and push technology to the limits, just in time for the big game. Here’s a list of products that were featured at CES and are sure to boast the viewing experience: Sharp Aquos Beyond 4K Ultra HDTVThis 80-inch model creates 66 million sub-pixels and delivers more clarity, resolution and picture than any other standard UHD TV set. The Beyond 4K TV also has Spectros Rich Color, which uses an LED backlight with phosphor coatings and improved color filters to provide a wider,...

The Next Wave of 3D Printing

January 29, 2015
When MakerBot’s 3D printers landed in select Home Depot stores last year, it signaled something new in an industry that, up until then, had pretty much reached early adopters and manufacturing exclusively. While the buzz over 3D printing has been noisy with headlines teasing everything from 3D-printed guns and cars (yes, cars), adoption among everyday consumers has been stuck in a kind of “Are we there yet?” rut. A new study from 3D Hubs, a 3D printing service with almost 10,000 connected printers worldwide, shows that most of the interest in the technology is still from users making prototypes or scale models, in...

Diving Into the New Video Game Biz

January 15, 2015
The global video game market raked in more than $81.4 billion in 2014, a 7.8 percent increase over 2013, according to research firm Newzoo. Riding the abundant wave of smartphones and tablets, which will double from 2013’s $17.6 billion to $35.4 billion in 2017, and an expanding international market, Newzoo forecasts game revenues will reach $102.9 billion in two years. While the console was once the key platform for video games, the business has evolved over the past few years thanks to mobile devices, affordable PCs and the introduction of cloud gaming through traditional CE devices like TVs and set-top...

2015 International CES Wrap-Up

January 14, 2015
The 2015 International CES® was the largest and most amazing CES in show history. This year’s show broke all records as innovators across the show floor unveiled products and services to solve world problems and improve lives. The 2015 CES wrapped as the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest technologies across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers and gaming. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of...

The Ultimate Untethered Audio Experience

January 13, 2015
By David Harold and Alexandru Voica When Fleetwood Mac harmonized, “I want to be with you everywhere,” they might have been predicting the way we are now listening to music. Some users have music on portable devices and others stream music from service providers or upload their own music into the cloud. Digital music is everywhere. And just as music has lost its fixed home, the way we play music is also changing.   In consumer electronics, we are familiar with the concept of the connected home as more products in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens connect to the Internet and communicate with each other. We increasingly have...

Implantable Microchips are the Ultimate Wearable

January 07, 2015
Let’s get the delicate bit out of the way first: Implantables involve using a hypodermic needle to inject an RFID (radio-frequency identification) microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, into your hand. For most of us, the thought of injecting something under our skin, even after local anesthesia, is a scary proposition. It conjures up unpleasant memories of the sharp pinching sensation you experience as you get punctured by your doctor. I use the phrase “for most of us” because according to a survey by Northwestern University researchers, 14 percent of Americans have at...
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