CES is like Cherry Blossom time in Japan or on the Potomac. Or Mel Brooks' Springtime for Hitler! Just a great way to start fresh and see if the industry can get it rightâ€¦this time. Before Shapiro could open the festivities, Google's Schmidt decided he'd pull a Steve and take the wind out of Shapiro's CES sails with his Nexus One unveiling.
News releases and announcements from the show
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $165 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.
As consumers become more and more environmentally conscious, the electronics industry is following suit. This year, CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow, will feature groundbreaking technologies to keep consumers informed, entertained and connected, while minimizing impact to the environment. Today's cutting edge electronics products are more energy efficient, easier to recycle and are made with environmentally friendly materials. Jennifer Bemisderfer (BE mis der fer), a senior spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association and expert on "green" trends in the consumer electronics category is live from the "Sustainable Planet" exhibit at CES and will share with your viewers some of the hottest eco-friendly items coming out of this year's CES, including tools for energy monitoring and management, solar chargers, mobile phones, TVs, notebook computers and more.
News Releases and Product Announcements from the show
PALME 2009 will be the most comprehensive to date, with more stunning features, industry innovations showcased by hundreds of exhibitors from more than 25 countries worldwide. PALME 2009 is covering 15,000 sqm of the Halls 5,6,7 & 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year again, the event provides a unique business environment as well as an education platform for the industry specialists with 20 seminars and conferences scheduled. On display will be some the most cutting edge AV, lighting and audio technologies yet to be seen in the Middle East, with a host of regional premieres and several exciting world unveilings from key exhibitors.
Hundreds of New Product announcements from CES 2009
Every year for the last 20 years, I have been making the trek up to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Over the years, the show has evolved from a giant bazaar selling toys, watches and other household gizmos to the most important United States show for electronics, cameras, computers, gaming, audio accessories, etc. This year is no different. So far I have not seen any revolutionary announcements but several trends are definitely emerging.
We don't agree that this year's CES attendance was an indicator of an industry decline. The lower numbers were good for a lot of reasons. Unfortunately when the economic tide turns the hordes will probably be back. 3D movies/TV, mininotebooks and the constant din that we need our entertainment everywhere were the major news points for the show. Beyond that there were incremental enhancements/improvements. Paradigm shifts were not to be seen. But as CEA's Shapiro said it may be tough for a few quarters but the industry is going to innovate itself out of the global economic downturn. Flying to the seat of national government for handouts is not in the companies' DNA. Surviving and thriving in the PC/CE/content industry isn't always easy, sometimes not much fun but it is always interesting. This is one of those really, really interesting periods.
Hundreds of New Product announcements from Integrated Systems Europe 2009
One feature of the show was "Demo Alley". This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres. The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.
Hundreds of product announcements from CEDIA 2008.
I was a bit worried that I would find an economically battered battle field full of horror stories and spilled blood. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of optomism, some great success stories and the same old entepeneurial spirit that keeps me enthralled with this industry. Yes, there were a few sad faces and sad stories ... but not nearly as many as I had expected. In fact the general consensus for me was ... business as usual ... in many respects.
The Mark of Excellence Call for Entries is right around the corner and who better to give advice to integrators and manufacturers than one of our long time and accomplished winners, Shawn Smith of S&S Electric Co. Inc. Shawn has been a member of CEA since 2002 and his company has been the winner of several Mark of Excellence Awards. In this exclusive interview, Shawn gives some of his advice on how to submit a great entry and the importance of the Mark of Excellence Awards for home technology installers and manufacturers. You can be sure that when the call for entries opens on October 1, S&S Electric will be submitting yet another competitive entry.
Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry.
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