Change is Constant for Accessories
By recognizing the growing consumer demand for GPS, as well as consumer reliance on portable devices like wireless phones and smartphones, manufacturers have positioned themselves for a windfall: 33 percent of the $4.1 billion in GPS sales is estimated to come from smartphones, in most cases with GPS as a wireless accessory.
The single largest contributor to the CE market in terms of dollar sales continues to be display technologies. Forecasted to reach shipment totals of $26 billion for 2007, the display category—including the category’s anchor, flat-screen digital televisions—continues to grow as consumers embrace digital technologies with over 30 million digital televisions projected to ship by year’s end. Accessories manufacturers have responded by developing accessories to enhance and support all aspects of digital television, including display, content and connectivity.
In response to the change in display technologies, accessories manufacturers are preparing for a gradual downtrend of traditional A/V and S-Video cables and are now developing tools for digital connectivity, including HDMI cables, adapters and connection boxes. HDMI provides the superior color separation, rich display saturation and the high-fidelity audio that customers are demanding.