Connecting With Tomorrow’s Technology Today
The first International CES debuted 41 years ago. Since then technology has made great strides, introducing a plethora of innovative products that not even George Orwell could have predicted. The 1970s were the information decade. The average household owned just 1.3 technology devices, and consumer technologies were largely used to receive information. Families gathered around a television or radio at a set time for the latest news and entertainment.
The 1980s introduced the productivity decade. The technology industry unveiled the mobile phone and the personal digital assistant (PDA). The fax machine took off and software began leveraging the awesome power of the personal computer.
The productivity decade led to the digital decade of the 1990s. Moore’s Law catapulted the technologies of the previous decade into homes across America. Traditional distribution was supplemented—and in some instances supplanted—with digital distribution. The proverbial “e” became a common preface to differentiate this new distribution from what had existed, in some cases, for thousands of years: e-mail, e-faxes, e-commerce. And, of course, digital television burst onto the scene.