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So..... what IS new in this world these days. Have we reached the end of the innovation cycle in the consumer electronics industry? Seriously, what else do we need to develop to keep the market fresh. Bigger flatter screens, fancier more mystifying cell phones, cameras with more pixels, smaller music players?

It reminds me of the computer software industry a decade or so ago. Once the basics were developed ... word processor, spreadsheet, database, email and web browsers ... we took a break while more and more features were added to each of these main software categories. Sure there were multitudes of applications developed every day ... but the era of the "Killer App" was over.

Is that where we stand with Consumer Electronics now? For the time being I think so, however, that may be a temporary situation while we wait for the next generation of Consumers to grow into a market.

It's a good thing though. The industry is consolidating and more robust products are being introduced. I think we are in for a period of solid and reliable product development and a time where the niches get filled with great and innovative products designed to solve specific needs.

This issue is chock full of examples. In the product review section alone we have:

Also, there are a few highlights in this issue that demonstrate:

And how about some interviews with industry leaders to find out where we are and where we are going:

Now, do you want to read something totally different and find out where the next generation of technology innovation will flourish? Have a look at some of these articles from our Alternative Energy eMagazine www.earthtoys.com

  • NEXT GENERATION OF PV IS EMERGING NOW! - I think the PV industry will TRIPLE in size in the next 4 years and I think the Thin Film segment of the PV industry will increase over TEN FOLD in the next 4 years. Peter Lynch

  • ELECTRICITY WITH MY HOT WATER? - Imagine a furnace that makes electricity. That is one future for the home - a future that is being aggressively pursued by various boiler companies across Europe. Acumentrics

  • SOLAR MARKET BOOM IN CALIFORNIA - Silicon Valley centre of new PV industry? SolarPlaza

  • SOLAR POWER FOR YOUR HOME - Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer or a couch potato, solar-powered devices offer a myriad of options. Smarthome

  • FUEL CELLS DO SOME HEAVY LIFTING - While fuel cell passenger vehicles are still several years down the road, forklifts provide an excellent framework to showcase the potential of fuel cell technology Jennifer Gangi

  • CULTURED MICRO-ALGAE PRODUCES OMEGA-3 BIO-LIPID OIL - Bio-Lipid oil can also be used to produce one of the lowest cost and most environmentally friendly fuels known to man: bio-diesel. Bio-Lipids Technology Group

How cool is that stuff? Imagine a car running on Algae ... hah!

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