Accessorize: International CES 2015: Your Home for Emerging Tech
—cameras, TVs, Blu-ray players, audio devices, headphones, smartphones and a multitude of others—I often forget categories that aren't entertainment- or communication-related.
There is a misconception that today's high-tech electronics are products straight out of our space program. Yes, NASA's quest to travel to the moon created all kinds of technologies that spawned new products like calculators, LED lights and solar cells. But the tech industry was able to continue its strong growth and rapid product development cycles by utilizing Moore's Law, named for a co-founder of Intel.
Solid planning cycles have allowed the CE industry continued growth and many new product launches. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) predicts this trend will continue into 2015, forecasting industry growth of 1.2 percent and revenues hitting an all-time high of $214-billion. The emerging tech categories—wearables, 4K UltraHD TV, 3D printers and others—are the fastest-moving segment of the CE business. But the real question is, "Where is this category going?" One thing is for sure: the International CES in January 2015 will offer never-before-seen products from new companies that are exhibiting at CES for the first time.
Gordon Moore theorized that computing processing power would double every two years. He invested accordingly in research and development teams all over the world to develop new products and product categories, because they were finally able to forecast new processing chips. As processing speeds became faster and more powerful, R&D teams could begin to visualize the foundation of many infrastructure and enabling technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, GPS, memory, input devices and a myriad of other related technologies.