Accessorize: Energizing Your Accessory
In store for 2016: more energy-efficient technology solutions
With another record-setting CES still fresh in our minds, 2016 is showing promise as a time when technology and innovation will skyrocket. Whether it’s wearables, virtual reality, smart washing machines or electric cars, consumer technology products are making their way into our homes and business, and advancing in the marketplace at rates never before seen. Consumer tech is helping to make entertainment more enjoyable, solve urban mobility problems and even save lives.
The entire world is watching for what is coming next. Smart cars are ready for prime time, in my opinion. The accessories market is booming, introducing new products seemingly every day. And many consumers are adding new devices to their homes, connecting their lives to the Internet of Things (IoT) at rapid a pace. In video, smart TVs are projected to sell 27 million units in 2016, a 13 percent increase over 2015, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts. Connected speakers and wireless headphones are the standout categories in audio. Unit sales of Bluetooth/AirPlay-capable speakers are expected to reach 17.4 million units in 2016 – a 40 percent increase – and $1.5 billion in revenue, while sales of wireless headphones will reach 3.9 million in unit sales (increasing 30 percent), and $623 million in revenue.
Norm Weisinger is CEO and President of Cool Energy Island LLC, a company that provides low cost, next generation Energy Monitoring, Energy Management, Advanced Automation & Networking (Wired and Wireless) and Portable Energy Storage Products and Software Applications for renters, homeowners