The Wireless Buzz
Expectations have been high in the wireless category for the past few years at CES. And while wireless may have been an important buzz word last year, the full effects of convergence are finally being seen across sweeping product categories. In fact, music, entertainment and computer-related tasks are all using some type of wireless capability to stream content and connect devices. And as networking becomes an even greater reality this year at home, Bluetooth and wireless-enabled devices are becoming critical as all-in-one gadgets.
At last year's CES, many wireless manufacturers struggled to find a balance between how many features one device should be able to offer, whether it was the phone/MP3 combo or even the gaming phone. But evidence this year suggests that the photo/phone category remains promising as more consumers invest in feature-friendly phones.
According to CEA, last year's forecast suggested that new innovations would continue to benefit the shipment of handsets, including higher resolution capture and display technology, as seen specifically in camera phones. Calling these devices the "Swiss Army knives" of the wireless industry, CEA reported that as price points on the new technologies continue to decline, the industry will reach a new high this year to the tune of $11.3 billion.