Even in homes with big kitchens, open counter space is under siege. Increasingly it's European manufacturers who are trying to get their shiny stainless steel appliances in front of you. And it's not just your counter.
We all share the responsibility of protecting our planet. Leveraging the power of innovation, the consumer electronics industry is voluntarily leading the way to improve sustainability and increase the energy efficiency of the devices we all rely on.
At the 2014 CES, I saw this "flurry" in person, dozens of health activity trackers along with a growing number of medically-oriented devices to measure heart rate, blood glucose, lung function, and other more clinical metrics beyond steps and calorie intake.
A few weeks after Aereo started offering its service in New York last year, big entertainment companies like Fox and ABC sued on copyright infringement allegations. Letting the Aereo ruling stand will be a key step toward giving people the content they want on the device of their choice.
It is often stated that the latest and greatest consumer electronics have quickly eroded our social skills. While that may be true, these devices can have the opposite effect on children with autism by providing new ways to effectively teach social skills.
CES made clear how much our whole notion of what a computer does is changing. Only a few short years ago, we used computers only at our desks. Now there are laptops, netbooks, the Mac Air, Ultrabooks and tablets of all sizes.
At this year's CES, we will see accelerated developments in some of the arenas that have been popular in the last few years, such as Smart TVs, mobile technology, automotive technology and the cloud. These products continue to be of interest to the consumer.
We feel very lucky to be a small part of the broader CES picture this week, but we also hope the presence of companies like ours at this great event signals a new era for hardware startups and for products designed to solve real and important needs -- consumer or otherwise.
The dangerous nature of digital waste is not a new problem. In the early '00s EPEAT set standards for "green electronics." But this week tech industry thought leader Apple said they are opting out of the standard! Why did Apple drop out of green computing?
Within the next three to five years, I envision literally hundreds of devices in the home will be connected: multimedia, thermostats, light switches, security systems, irrigation systems, white goods and automobiles.
This year's massive consumer electronics show had plenty of shiny new screens, tablets, and ultra-books. But if you looked closely, the star of the show wasn't the hardware -- it was the emergence of the connected world that is changing the way we live.