Arlington, Va. – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today released the 2014 edition of “Five Technology Trends to Watch,” an annual publication that examines five prominent technology trends that will have a dramatic impact for the future of electronics.
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the CEA listed in the opening comments for this year’s publication that the five trends to watch are: Internet of Things (IoT) to driverless cars, digital health care, robotics and the future of video distribution and consumption.
This annual publication is geared towards industry professionals and provides an in-dept analysis of the issues and market forecasts for the coming year. This year the publication was released today during a panel discussion at CEA’s Industry forum in Los Angeles, a three-day conference designed to inform and connect.
In 2009 Kevin Ashton coined the term, “the Internet of Things.” Very simply he determined that computers, the Internet of today is not good at capturing data about things. Today’s information is captured by the computer through the input of people. Thus, it captures ideas. If computers could capture everything about us without it being generated by a person, then we would know when things needed replacement, repairing or recalling.
The new world of IoT has systems that are self –aware; systems that perceives their environments and takes actions to maximize their chances of success.
Driverless cars will be sensor based or camera based. This is a brave new world that will create perhaps more safely driven vehicles and a different approach by the former driver to be a passenger.
Digital healthcare will make home the new hub for healthcare. Efficient reporting through digital devices has the ability to drive health care costs down, provide around the clock care due to data collected and immediate response provided for patient care.
Lively, a San Francisco based firm, is developing motion sensors that sends data into the cloud for monitoring of a patient. It can be accessed by caregivers through a mobile app. It is slated to launch this year.
Robotics will become a 6.5 billion dollar industry by 2017. Household chores, home security, pet care, gardening, child monitoring and assistance to amputees/disabled persons will be in homes equipped with robotic devices.
The future of video distribution and consumption will receive wide exposure at CES 2014 in Las Vegas due to the new Ultra High-Definition technology that will rock everyone’s world. It will affect smartphones, new smart TV, video games and the use of streaming devices Netflix or Hulu Plus.
“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.
The 2014 Computer Electronics Show will be Jan.9-14 in Las Vegas, NV. This will be an opportunity to connect with these and other trends for the future.