CEA, Accessories, and a Plan Forward
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), its members and the consumer electronics industry continue to innovate, and work to bring the latest innovations to consumers. Each year, CEA identifies the five tech trends to watch, which will impact the industry over the coming years.
only are these five trends on the rise, but
they are integral to the technology and accessories worlds.
• First off, the Internet of Things. Billions of devices connect to the Internet these days. Whether through a direct wireless link, like Wi-Fi or cellular, or via a host device like a smartphone, an ever-growing number of objects and devices will connect to the Internet and share data. The Internet of the not-so-distant future will consist of both data uploaded by humans and data uploaded by things.
• Next, the future of driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles are closer than you may think. Almost every major vehicle manufacturer and several automotive suppliers are in the process of testing and refining their own driverless technologies. These efforts will revolutionize the automobile itself, as well as the role of the driver. As cars join the billions of other devices among the Internet of Things, the range of tasks they can perform will grow.
• Another trend we see in the future: consumer robots. Despite a limited number of existing products, a recent CEA consumer survey shows consumers are clearly interested in the idea of innovations involving robots. According to the survey, consumers want robots that can save them time, perform tasks they do not want to do or are incapable of doing and entertain them.
• While digital healthcare continues to grow, this sector is still a new market. Consumers’ adoption of fitness-tracking devices and apps, pedometers and heart-rate monitors has been impressive, but these products are just an introduction to the future of digital healthcare. Today, doctors and care providers are increasingly turning to mobile apps, wearable sensors and remote monitoring devices. In the near future, smartphones and tablets - running specially designed apps and paired with the right accessories - will make remarkably sophisticated health trackers.
• Lastly, video curation. Consumers today have a number of sources for their video entertainment. They are faced with the task of managing multiple sources and streams of content on multiple various devices. The solution to this problem is curation - products and services that help consumers integrate multiple sources of video content and use them anywhere, on any device.
The CEA Accessories Board, which has approved and implemented its Three-Year Accessory Road Map, is also paying close attention to what’s around the corner. The plan is a living document, expanded and updated each year to provide member companies with visibility into the factors that may impact their business and allow member companies to build off the collective knowledge of CEA. The two categories the board has chosen for the 2014 road map are mobility and home tech.
The CEA Accessories Board welcomes member participation in the Three-Year Road Map, as well as our other goals and objectives. If you would like to get involved with the Accessories Division or any other CEA initiatives, please contact Melissa Matalon at mmatalon@CE.org. n