Home is Where the Smart Tech Lives

December 23, 2013
When it comes to the “Internet of Things,” there’s no place like home. Thanks to an increasing array of connected solutions, from security systems to climate controls, our homes are smarter than ever. But while consumers have rapidly adopted smartphones, are they ready to embrace the smart home? The first vision of the smart home came into focus ten to fifteen years ago: a collection of installed automated systems—whole-house audio/video, lighting controls, security and climate controls—connected by cables to a centralized controller. Routines and protocols were, by necessity, hard-coded...

Green Tips to Help You Live Green and Buy Green During the Holidays

December 05, 2013
During this holiday season, we have a few tips for consumers on how to live green, buy green, and recycle responsibly with GreenerGadgets.org.   • Research shows the more you understand about the energy usage of your electronic devices, the less energy you will use and the more money you will save. Visit the Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator to help determine how much energy you use based on the number of products you own and the amount of time they are used. You can also find tips on how to save energy on the site.  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label or EPEAT-certified product labels when purchasing gifts for family and friends. These labels identify...

Inputs/Outputs: December 2013

December 04, 2013
Each month i3 recaps the latest comings and goings of CE industry executives. In this month’s roundup: Katie Couric is the last journalist to jump over to Yahoo, Hisense USA hires new director of CE sales and more.   Couric Latest Journalist to be Nabbed by Yahoo Award-winning journalist and news anchor Katie Couric has been named Yahoo’s first global anchor as the company expands its in-house news coverage. Couric will continue to host her daytime talk show Katie. “Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and her charisma make her the perfect choice to anchor Yahoo News and the whole Yahoo Network,” said Yahoo CEO Marissa...

CEA Members Debut Innovative Accessories

November 25, 2013
Microsoft Rolls out New Accessories to Complement Surface 2 With the release of its Surface and Surface Pro 2 tablets, Microsoft unveiled a suite of new accessories, including reconfigured keyboard designed to enhance the tablet’s video and audio mixing software capabilities. The Surface Music Cover is a keyboard-style touchpad add-on that replaces the traditional QWERTY keyboard with media and volume control buttons and other special functions for expert sound mixing. The Music Cover is part of the Surface Music Kit and also works in conjunction with Xbox Music. Other Surface accessories include a redesigned Arc Touch Mouse that flattens for portability and connects to the...

Digital Monetization Dilemma

November 20, 2013
The quest to convert digital advertising dimes into real online consumer spending is succeeding. After years of hand-wringing about how to monetize online content, several new studies are showing that not only are customers accepting digital advertising, but marketers are finding new ways to capitalize on wireless and other cross-platform services in creative ways. This momentum for digital advertising and marketing coincides with the acceleration of original online content and the growing use of tablets and other mobile devices as well as over-the-top broadband receivers.  Just a few years ago, “old media” executives lamented that they didn’t want to sacrifice...

Driving Innovation

November 15, 2013
CEA members continue to innovate, take a look:   The First 4D Sports Technology The Guitammer Company has created a way to bring the sights, sounds and feel of live sporting events to consumers in their living rooms, with its 4D Sports Powered by ButtKicker technology—a low frequency audio transducer, originally developed for musicians who wanted to feel low-end frequencies during performances. The tactile technology is also in movie theaters, in-home entertainment systems and video games. Guitammer has partnered with NHRA, the world’s largest auto...

Clarity is Sometimes a Casualty

November 14, 2013
Building brand value in our socially controlled marketplace is no longer a solitary process. With millions of user-generated websites, videos and blogs, push advertising has little control over market opportunity. Marketers need to listen carefully and make a smart change from a push to pull mentality in order to thrive. Today’s social message among global consumers to all brands is straightforward: “You can’t push us around anymore.” More clarity is achieved by recognizing that the conversations regarding your brand and products are happening, with or without you. Pulling consumers...

CES Unveiled Events

November 11, 2013
CES Unveiled brought innovative technology companies, top media and key industry influencers together ahead of the 2014 International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The CES Unveiled event series abroad took place throughout October in London, Paris and Tel Aviv. Each event released new global research, highlighted CES news and showcased the products and technologies that are revolutionizing daily life. This year marked the third annual CES Unveiled LONDON and the inaugural Paris and Tel Aviv events. With a focus on startup technology, all three events featured a special Eureka Park exhibitor section for entrepreneur...

Inputs/Outputs – November 2013

November 05, 2013
Each month i3 recaps the latest comings and goings of CE industry executives. In this month’s roundup: RealD president announces his retirement, David Pogue jumps to Yahoo! to start a new tech channel, BrightLine hires former SiriusXM exec and more.  RealD President to RetireRealD, a leader in 3D motion picture technology, has announced that its president Joe Peixoto will retire in March, following the end of the company’s 2014 fiscal year. Peixoto has served as president of RealD since 2005. During his tenure, RealD grew to be the most widely used 3D technology for cinema, with roughly 23,500 installations in 74 countries. “Joe has been an instrumental part of...
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