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...

Expanding Innovation in Eureka Park

January 06, 2015
Video technology entrepreneur Jack Perry—who debuted his Syncbak streaming system in Eureka Park at the 2012 International CES—vividly recalls Mark Cuban’s visit to his booth. “He gave me some valuable insight,” Perry says. “I saw him stop at almost every booth and share his impressions.” For Cuban, a veteran computer and video technology entrepreneur as well as an investor, sports team owner and media personality, Eureka Park at CES has been a way to get an advanced peek at new ideas that are part of his lifeblood. “Eureka Park is a must-see at CES,” says Cuban with his trademark enthusiasm. “All the best stuff happens there....

CES Unveiled Las Vegas

January 04, 2015
The 2015 International CES® has arrived! CES Unveiled Las Vegas, the official media event of the International CES, welcomes more than 1,000 press and industry analysts who come to catch a sneak peek at the latest products and technologies that will be making headlines two days before CES. Dozens of tech companies showcase the latest innovations ranging from 3D printing, smart home, fitness and sports, wearables and more.   Not on the media list? It Is Innovation (i3) provides you a round-up of the exhibitors showcased at CES Unveiled Las Vegas. Check out the guide below to learn about the “must-see&rdquo...

2015 CES Innovation Awards

January 04, 2015
The 2015 International CES Innovation Awards, culminating at the International CES® in Las Vegas, is the ultimate recognition for the design and engineering of consumer technology products. Since 1976, this prestigious program has honored today’s ground breaking technology.   The awards span 28 product categories and cover the most influential and innovative fields in the industry, from smart home to wearable technologies. Entries are evaluated on their engineering and design qualities: aesthetics, functionality and uniqueness. The expert panel of judges consists of an independent designer, independent engineer and a...

CES Tips & Tricks

December 11, 2014
What You’ll Want at the Show With the 2015 International CES less than a month away, it's time to start preparing. Here are some tips from veterans on what to have handy at the show:Water! The dry climate of Las Vegas makes it important to stay hydrated at the show. While busy schedules may make it hard to stop and take a break, it’s important to grab a bottle of water or other beverage to go. Once you’re back in your hotel room, you might even consider ordering a humidifier for your room.Lip balm. Again, don’t be caught off guard by the dry desert air. Think ahead and grab some lip balm. You don’t want to have to stop in the middle of the day to...

Deep Learning Propels Speech Tech

November 24, 2014
Speech recognition technology, already popular with smartphone users, is getting more attention from designers of wearables and other CE devices as they get smaller and loaded with more features and apps—testing the boundaries of touch- and gesture-based interfaces. Speech tech—mainly hands-free voice recognition—is finding its way into smart watches, fitness trackers, remote control devices, Google Glass and “connected” cars. “Speech recognition is today’s best option for the human-machine interface,” says Harry Wang, director of health and...
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