My analysis of the growth of the smart home market for the CES issue of TWICE, which you can read here.
Posted in CES, smart home, TWICE
Tagged Alexis, Ally, Amazon, Amped Wireless, Apple, Belkin, Bluetooth mesh, Echo, Google, HomeKit, Linksys, Luma, Nest, Orbi, Portal, Siri, smart home, Velop, Wi-Fi mesh
At CES, appliance makers are making a concerted effort to bridge this proactive-reactive gap by upping their 2017 appliance intelligent quotient. Read about the smartest appliances at the show here.
As part of the CES 50th anniversary commemoration, in my role as newly-minted historian for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA, the industry and lobbying group who produce CES), I helped collect around three dozen historically significant gadgets for display.
But here is my own Top 10 most important/impactful products of the last 50 years. Obviously feel free to disagree and discuss after you’ve perused my choices.
Posted in Apple, CES, Huffington Post, Tech History
Tagged 8-track, Apple, Beatles, CES, Diamond Rio, GPS, iPhone, iPod, Magellan, Magnavox, MITS Altair 8800, Motorola, Odyssey, Panasonic, plasma, RCA, SelectaVision, Sony, TiVo, VCR, VHS, Walkman
Be prepared to welcome our new robotic overlords. At least that’s what the many robot exhibits at CES 2017 seem to portend. Read all about our positronic future here.
Posted in CES, Digital Technology Consulting, smart home
Tagged Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, CES, Isaac Asimov, Metropolis, robots, The Jetsons, The Terminator, Three Laws of Robotics
Today, encoding standard 6:9 4K video footage is well served by the newest codecs. But getting to a future of fully immersive 360-degree video recording is where encoding will go next. Read more here in this blog entry at Digital Technology Consulting.
Posted in Digital Technology Consulting, TV/4K/UHD
Tagged 360, 4K, 8K, AR, codec, HEVC, spherical, Video communication, Video compression, VR, VR Camera
We’re a long way from ubiquitous connectivity. In the quest to get there, the entire wireless connectivity ecosystem—both direct-to-the-net and device-to-device technologies—is in the midst of evolutionary, if not revolutionary, change. Read how here in this blog post at Digital Technology Consulting.
Could Hisense be heralding a wave of TVs from China that could usurp the South Korean hold on market share the way the South Koreans usurped the Japanese? Read why I think it’s possible here.
At a corporate video shoot, I was a taken back by the recording gear sitting atop the videographer’s two tripods: not sophisticated prosumer models from Canon or Sony, not a couple of standard consumer beer can-style camcorders, not even a pair of GoPros – they were shooting with couple of off-the-shelf D-SLRs. This unusual (to me) digital camera deployment represents the confused nature of our nearly 35 year wrestling match with consumer video recording. And, apparently, the confusion isn’t about to end.
Read all about the ever-evolving and confusing nature of video recording formats here.
Nearly every TV maker at IFA in Berlin displayed are UHD OLED sets, all using panels sourced from LG. Read who and why here.
Posted in Digital Technology Consulting, IFA, TV/4K/UHD
Tagged 4K, Grundig, HDR, HFR, HLG, IFA, LG, Loewe, OLED, Panasonic, Skyworth, UHD
A few of the reports I wrote for TWICE on IFA 2016 in Berlin are linked here.
Posted in IFA, TWICE
Tagged Berlin, IFA, LG