Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to re-enter the Japanese flat-panel television market next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday, without citing sources. The South Korean consumer electronics giant had withdrawn from the market in 2007, the newspaper said. Samsung is in talks with Japanese consumer electronics retailers Yamada Denki Co and Yodobashi Camera Co about handling its flat-panel televisions, the paper said.
TiVo Inc. scored another major patent victory as AT&T Inc. agreed to pay the set-top box maker at least $215 million to settle litigation and acquire rights to use TiVo's intellectual property. The settlement, announced Tuesday, marks the latest gain from a string of lawsuits brought by the Alviso, Calif., company. TiVo, a pioneer in devices known as digital recorders, or DVRs, has long accused many of its rivals of violating its patents.
So, here is the first annual top 10 coolest DOOH deployments of the year: What were the most noticed, coolest, fun and amazing deployments of 2011? As we watched 2011 unfold, some great creative and technical minds were at work producing some very cool deployments throughout the world. Most of what we saw was interactive and engaging deployments. Click here to view the full list.
Two of the 25 TechZones on the showroom floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be geared specifically toward digital health, with more than 171 exhibitors showcasing products as part of the Digital Health and Fitness category. According to a recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organization that runs CES, the sports and fitness category is a $70 billion annual business in the U.S. alone. The growing mobile phone market and explosion of mobile apps has contributed to the growth of the digital health market as well. A recent ABI Research report says the market for sports and fitness apps is expected to reach $400 million by 2016, across more than one billion annual health-related app downloads. Health care companies have also been getting into the app arena. United Health Group plans to show off mobile applications at CES 2012 for managing health care accounts, tracking prescriptions and creating health goals. Aetna already has mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry; Blue Cross and Blue Shield introduced an app for iOS devices earlier this year.
Parks Associates forecasts more than 920 million connected devices, including smartphones and tablets, will be sold worldwide in 2012 and revenues from operator-provided cloud-based value-added services will exceed $8.5 billion by 2015. CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions address the television’s evolving role in the home, content distribution across multiple screens, new value-added services including energy management, and consumer interest in the digital locker to store content.
3DTV and connected TVs have been all the rage the past couple of years at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but so far there's been little hype surrounding those topics leading up to the latest show, held Jan. 10 to 13 in Las Vegas. Instead, everyone seems to be talking about mobile. "Mobile and portable connected devices are driving growth in the CE industry and will be a major focus of the 2012 CES," said Karen Chupka, SVP of events and conferences for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). "The 2012 CES is the best place to see all the latest tablets and smartphones that bring broadband capability to wireless devices that fit the way consumers work, live and play." CEA research has tablet computer growth at nearly 160% for 2011, with more than 26.5 million units shipped, producing $14 billion in revenue. Smartphone sales are expected to grow 45% by the time the year's finished, producing $23 billion in revenue. CES's Access on the Go TechZone will highlight devices that deliver on-the-go content, including movies, TV and music, and basically every major smartphone company, other than Apple, will be on hand. Digital Hollywood will run a two-day Smartphone and Tablet Conference with several panels Jan. 9 and 10.
LG's FPR 3DTVs already featured lighter, cheaper passive 3D glasses than their active shutter competition, but next year the company will push its advantage even further with these new models. The three options available include the F310 which it says weighs 20 percent less than last year's default and are curved more for a better fit, the F320 clip-on design for glasses-wearers and Alain Mikli-designed (the guy who made Kanye's shutter shades, among other high-end eyeglasses) F360 half-rim frames. It also rolled out a press release trumpeting new Smart TV features for 2012, but beyond the updated remote and confirmation of Intel WiDi integration, it's pretty short on details.
STREAM TV NETWORKS, INC. PREPARES TO LAUNCH GROUNDBREAKING 3D WITHOUT GLASSES PRODUCT LINE AT CES 2012
Stream TV Networks, Inc. announced today that it will unveil its new Ultra-D technology at CES 2012. Ultra-D is a next generation 3D without glasses display technology that surpasses all 3D viewing experiences offered to date. Developed by Stream TV Networks, Inc., the producer of the eLocity brand of mobile tablets launched first in 2010, the Ultra-D technology is strictly proprietary and leverages custom hardware, middleware techniques and software algorithms to create unprecedentedautostereoscopic 3D imagery. This technology will provide consumers with access tounlimited 3D content by enabling real-time conversion of: 2D content into 3D autostereoscopic (without glasses) 3D stereoscopic content (with glasses) to 3D autostereoscopic (without glasses) The Ultra-D technology thus supports the immediate adoption of 3D consumer hardware despite limited availability of 3D content. Real-time conversion of 2D to 3D and 3D with glasses to 3D without glasses works seamlessly with various content formats including Blu-ray, DVD, PC gaming, Internet, cable and satellite content.
LG Electronics (LG) unveiled a new remote control for its CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, the Magic Remote. The new remote control maximizes user convenience with a new set of additional functions, namely Voice Recognition, Wheel, Magic Gesture and Pointing. The Magic Remote’s most obvious difference with conventional remote controls is that push-buttons constitute merely one dimension of the intuitive user experience. By implementing voice recognition technology into Magic Remote, users can enter text –- such as search terms -– with voice commands, speeding up the overall Smart TV browsing experience.
At the upcoming ISE2012, signagelive will be showing its full range of products and services with live demos and examples of real-life applications. According to the company, the cloud-based digital signage software platform provides a simple and straightforward solution for public displays. Visitors will be able to see for the first time the signagelive powered DOOH Loo. The waterless urinals from Urimat, to be launched in 2012, feature a 7-inch IAdea device with all the content and scheduling handled by signagelive software. The company will also showcase the Intel AIM suite — a facial recognition software integrated with signagelive for gender and age-based advertising. With an Internet browser and fixed or mobile Internet connection, installers and clients using signagelive.can manage and update any device with a screen from a mobile phones and tablets to LCD displays and video walls, the company said.
Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs. In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is also working on its own television that relies on wireless streaming technology to access shows, movies and other content, according to people briefed on the project. In the recent meetings with media companies, the Apple executives, including Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, have outlined new ways Apple's technology could recognize users across phones, tablets and TVs, people familiar with the talks said.
One in five U.S. broadband households intends to purchase a new flat-panel TV before the end of 2011, making it the most popular CE product this holiday season, according to new consumer research from Parks Associates. Among households intending to purchase a flat-panel TV, 73% plan to select a set with advanced features such as 3D capabilities or built-in Internet connectivity, but the demand for smart TVs (sets that connect to the Internet) is nearly twice the demand for 3D TVs. "Smart TVs are now pushing into the mainstream, whereas previously smart-TV buyers were largely early adopters and those from high-income households," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "The combination of a maturing product ecosystem with great holiday deals is putting smart TVs within the reach of the American middle class."
LG Electronics (LG) said Thursday it has entered a strategic alliance with Intel to use the chip-makers' wireless digital video over Wi-Fi (called WiDi) technology in next year's Cinema 3D Smart TVs. The agreement makes LG's TVs the first to feature the WiDi system, LG said. WiDi was developed by Intel to stream video content from an Intel-based laptop, notebook or other external mobile device to a TV, projector or display monitor. Currently, the system requires a receiver box or dongle be connected to a TV's video input, but the agreement would enable the system to be built into LG's Cinema 3D sets. The WiDi system uses point-to-point connectivity and features a wireless interface for instant viewing of content on the wirelessly connected display. "Through this strategic alliance, Cinema3D Smart TV users will be able to access a wider variety of content in a more convenient manner," said Seog-ho Ro, LG Home Entertainment TV Business Unit senior VP. "Intel WiDi will be one of several features that will enhance the user convenience of our Cinema 3D Smart TVs, further differentiating our products from the competition."
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has released findings from the new CEDIA market research report, Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market in the US in 2011©. Findings indicate that the industry is optimistic about the future. The report features data on the characteristics of companies working within the residential electronics systems industry in the U.S. The report is an expansion of CEDIA’s research offerings, which are designed to provide CEDIA members and other key stakeholders with market data that will enable them to make better business decisions and identify new opportunities. CEDIA’s Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market in the US in 2011© report offers details on the state of the industry as well as current opportunities and threats. The findings of the study indicate that there are 20,000 to 22,500 companies in the US that are installing CEDIA portfolio products in residential environments.
Consumers are returning lots of electronics products, and it's costing the U.S. consumer electronics industry a bundle, says a study by Accenture. According to the management consulting firm, product returns cost U.S. consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers nearly $17 billion this year, an increase of 21% since 2007. Included in the $17 billion are costs associated with "receiving, assessing, repairing, reboxing, restocking and reselling returned products," Accenture reports. Product return rates over the past three to five years have increased for 57% of the retailers and 43% of the manufacturers surveyed by Accenture. If there's any positive news for the industry, it's that just 5% of returns are related to actual product defects, Accenture says. Indeed, 27% of returns reflect "buyer's remorse" and 68% of returns are characterized as "No Trouble Found." Accenture calculates that just a 1% reduction in the number of "No Trouble Found" cases could save a typical large manufacturer about $21 million in return and repair costs or $16 million for an average consumer electronics retailer.
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