Consumerscope: The Future Has Already Arrived
The consumer technology industry has historically created products that change the way people work, play and interact. Ceaseless innovation has ensured that some of these products, once established, are quickly considered indispensable aspects of daily life.
Today, with uncertainty regarding the turbulent economic climate, the industry will continue to flourish so long as sights are set on tomorrow as well as today. Advancements that once seemed cutting-edge are now commonplace such as flat-panel displays or GPS systems. But these enhanced products tap into technologies that pay dividends today and help to shape the future.
Each year, CEA produces “Five Technology Trends to Watch,” a study that ascertains and elucidates the important innovations that will emerge in the year ahead (please see page 70 for the full study). Our latest installment examines groundbreaking applications of command and control, display and energy-efficient household technologies. A theme that informs all of the sections, and is the focus of two of them, involves the increasingly interactive role Web 3.0 will play in the relationships between products and the people who use them.