Arlington, VA—The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released the 2014 edition of Five Technology Trends to Watch, an annual publication that examines five prominent technology trends that will influence the consumer electronics (CE) industry in the years ahead. The publication was released during a panel discussion at CEA’s Industry Forum in Los Angeles, a three-day conference designed to inform and connect CE industry leaders.
“The technology industry is always changing, evolving and innovating and this report provides crucial insight into the trends that are revolutionizing our lives and impacting our future,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “Using exclusive CEA market research, the trends highlighted in this report show promise and hold significant potential in the marketplace.”
This year, Five Techs examines key technology trends from the Internet of Things (IoT) and driverless cars to digital health care, robotics and the future of video distribution and consumption. Geared toward industry professionals, the publication provides analysis and outlines related issues and market forecasts for the coming year. Each section also explores consumer perspectives, partnerships, key players and public policy issues.
“A Hundred Billion Nodes” looks at how the IoT is using vast webs of information to “learn” consumer habits and needs and enrich consumers’ lives. As more digital devices replace their analog forbearers, there are growing opportunities for electronics to take over many of the analog tasks now handled by humans. “There is an implied assumption that the Internet of Things will bring greater productivity,” writes CEA’s chief economist, Shawn DuBravac.
In addition, CEA’s senior manager of Business Intelligence, Jack Cutts, looks at where the major automakers are in testing and refining their driverless vehicles, and the legal and social implications of ceding the open road to science in “On the Road to Driverless Cars.”
And in “The Curators of New Video,” Mark Chrisholm writes: “Today, due to the proliferation of broadband, wireless data transmission and devices like smartphones and tablets, consumers have become their own curators of content. The concept of “content curation” deals with the discovery, sorting and presentation of relevant or desired content. Thanks to a number of tools and services at their disposal, consumers are now empowered to handpick their entertainment from multiple sources. The age of video content is defined by new distribution schemes from new sources, delivered to new devices. With such a vast pool of video content, the most exciting area to watch will be how these silos of content are brought together to form a seamless, navigable ocean of content.”
Five Technology Trends to Watch is a special supplement to CEA’s bimonthly flagship publication, It Is Innovation (i3). The complete publication can be found online at CE.org/FiveTechs.