A Fresh Beginning

March 26, 2015
Even in the most extreme circumstances, there is a bright lining. For example, a temperature of five degrees on February 20 smashed a 120-year-old weather record for the D.C. metro area, according to the Washington Post. And although Washington’s iconic cherry trees were coated in ice, there were signs of reawakening. With winter disappearing, and peak bloom expected April 12, the focus is on renewal, vitality and inspiration. In this issue we take a look at some of the inspiring highlights from the 2015 International CES. For example, Lowe's Innovation Labs showed at CES how they are breaking the retail mold with a distinct vision. Leading the team, Kyle Nel is using science...

Ten CEA Opportunities You Should Consider

March 24, 2015
The 2015 International CES® exceeded even our optimistic expectations. The innovation, excitement, engaged multi-industry CXO attendance, media, ease of transport and numerous announcements combined to zoom the event to the stratosphere. CES is now the world’s most respected and well-known business event. The CEA staff is exhausted but happy and determined not to be complacent or arrogant about the sacred trust the industry puts in us for stewardship of CES. But we also want you to know about other top opportunities available to CEA member executives that can benefit you and your company. These may not be as well-known as CES, but they can make a difference in your business and...

Lowe’s Kyle Nel

March 20, 2015
“Coloring outside the lines” is a cliché yet it describes Kyle Nel with his innovative approach to problem solving. By leveraging sci-fi prototyping in a comic book format along with case studies, he is transforming traditional retail. Nel looks at probable future scenarios using technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and robotics. As the executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, part of Lowe’s Companies Inc., he leads a team that brings together uncommon partners to imagine what could be and provide scalable solutions for problems that confront consumers daily. With a...

Hello Mobile Wallet

January 26, 2015
The buzz about mobile transactions began when Apple introduced Apple Pay in the fall and assembled major players in its ecosystem. With great fanfare, Apple Pay announced it was working with retailers from Office Depot to RadioShack and Walgreens. Apple Pay allows for in-app payment for brands like Groupon, OpenTable, Target and Uber. Apple has also partnered with American Express, Master Card and Visa, and banks like Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. In fact, Chase announced that Apple Pay could be used at more than 220,000 retail stores. Imagine paying your bills by pressing your finger against a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. After initially entering credit...

International Focus: Germany

January 21, 2015
Fraunhofer Institute Demonstrates Optical Communications Technology Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute recently demonstrated an optical-based wireless communications technology capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) showcased its light fidelity (Li-Fi) communications modules in Munich in November. Many are studying Li-Fi technology in hopes that it will offer an alternative to crowded RF spectrum and allow greater transmission speeds. Bosch Predicts Fuel Cell-Based Cars by 2025 German automotive component manufacturer Bosch believes that...

GoPro's Nick Woodman

January 05, 2015
The concept in 2002: a camera to self-document extreme sports. Net worth in 2015: $1.3 billion. Nicholas Woodman, the founder and CEO of action camera maker GoPro, grew up in the Silicon Valley community of Atherton as the son of an investment banker who had a passion for surfing. Going to school surrounded by tech startups may explain his entrepreneurial DNA. Today he is wildly successful and leads one of the most popular consumer electronics companies in the world. He also is an accomplished amateur racecar driver, surfer and mountain biker in addition to being the inventor of the GoPro line of HD cameras designed for rugged, wet and harsh environments. But it wasn’t always that...

Remembering Jack

December 18, 2014
Ninety-two years old. That’s a long life by any measure but when it’s lived with the panache of Jack Wayman it’s a cause for celebration. As Jack said last year during his swansong at the CE Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner where he received a standing ovation, “You know 91 is the new 90.” As we honor the 2014 HOF class in New York for the first time, it is bittersweet that we also are remembering Jack, a member of the inaugural 2000 class, at his memorial service on the same day. Jack was passionate about the HOF. He served as a judge each year and we spent hours talking about the nominees. He had personal...

Disruptive Commercial Drones

December 09, 2014
Commercial uses for drones aka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to make a big impact across diverse industries. The implications are virtually endless. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sparked people’s imagination in 2013 when he discussed Amazon’s UAV aspirations for shorthop deliveries on 60 Minutes. Today, Amazon is experimenting with the eighth generation of its Prime Air UAV. Similarly, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to employ UAVs to bring affordable Internet access to the five billion people in the developing world who lack connectivity. The company then purchased U.K.-based drone maker Ascenta, while Google scooped-up Titan Aerospace, a two-year old...

Ubiquitous Sensors Collect Data

December 05, 2014
Sensors are to CE products like water is to fish. Inseparable. And that’s a good thing because sensors are helping to ensure a steady flow of improvements to enhance the operation of devices such as smartphones (driving a new wave of mobile apps for health and fitness), tablets, IoT- (Internet of Things) enabled appliances, gaming systems and wearable computing products. Indeed, the user appeal of new CE offerings now depends, to a large extent, on the quality of their sensors. The new Apple iPhone 6, for example, uses a new sensorbased co-processor (M8) designed for fitness apps that let it know...
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