2001: A Closer Look
Dealers and integrators of all stripes are constantly looking for the next product, technology and solution that will drive sales, profits and customer traffic. In its annual “Five Technology Trends to Watch” report, the Consumer Electronics Association identified video delivery, advances in mobile broadband/4G, green technologies and apps as some areas to keep a close eye on during the next year. Here are four highlights from the report, which was written by CEA staff.
1. The Future of Video Distribution and Consumption
Before we explore the future of video distribution, we have to paint a picture of what the typical connected home will look like five short years from now: Large flat-panel HD displays (40 to 60 inches) will hang on the walls, medium ones (12 to 24 inches) will sit on tables and countertops, while 4- to 12-inch portable display devices will go wherever the user takes them.
These displays will be connected to a home router via dial-band Wi-Fi. Forget about stray cables and wires. There will be no dedicated set-top boxes and no physical media players, according to Deepak Joseph, CEA’s director of technologies and standards. All phone, audio and data will be delivered as IP services via apps over a robust 50-100 Mbps connection. Those services (phone, A/V, data, social networking, etc.) can be accessed from all or one of your screens.