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Hedy Lamarr Finally Gets Her Spread Spectrum Due in ‘Bombshell’

AI, voice control, VR/AR, IoT/connected devices, autonomous cars—all these and more are going to be prime topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. But as a scoop of sherbet cleanses the palate, instead of diving right into CES, I’d like to discuss a new documentary about movie siren Hedy Lamarr. And, yes, her story is […]

Are There Killer Apps for AR and VR?

Restless grumblings are rocking the virtual reality (VR) world. Previous rose-colored projections are undergoing hasty revisions as disappointing VR hardware sales reports trickle in. We’re shocked that folks don’t like putting stuff on their heads that completely blind them, forcing them to grope around to find the controllers, bumping into walls or furniture, and looking […]

VR’s Rocky Road to the Mainstream

For Mom and Pop America to buy into a new technology, they first need an answer to their inevitable “why do I need it?” question. And the answer to this question ends up being more want than need. To get to that “want and can’t live without it” stage, content must be particularly suited to […]

Ready for the AI TV Future?

As everyone in the consumer technology business knows, live demos are a tricky business, especially when dealing with persnickety Wi-Fi connections. To live demo or not to live demo decisions are not arrived at lightly, and then are copiously rehearsed to avoid offending the live demo gods. So when TCL’s senior product designer Tiago Abreu […]

UHD Blu-ray’s Narrow Opportunity Window

My wife loved Wonder Woman. No, to paraphrase Woody Allen, love is too weak a word for how she feels about the initial adventures of the Amazon princess—she luuurved it, she loaved it, she luffed it (two Fs, yes). She l’ed Wonder Woman so much, we’ve seen it three times in the theater. (I am […]

The Coming 1K/2K to 4K Upconversion Disconnect

A couple of months back I received a distressed email from a reader. It seems he bought a new 4K TV and eagerly hooked up his DVD player, believing his new UHD would make his old DVDs look lovely. You can guess the inevitable: disastrous results. Imagine blowing up a postage stamp-sized photo to billboard […]

How Disruptive Will Bluetooth Mesh Be?

Even though Bluetooth has been around for less than 20 years, it is only in the last half dozen or so that its adoption has ballooned. Bluetooth’s accelerated adoption rate is attributable largely to the explosion in Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and especially to the growing cornucopia of products and product categories using smartphone-connected Bluetooth […]

CES at 50: Lessons Still Not Learned

Gazing at faded black-and-white photos from the first CES, which occurred 50 years ago this week in New York, it’s tough not to laugh at the antiquated gear that was considered cutting-edge at the time—fat tube black-and-white TVs when 23 inches was considered “big screen,” giant wood console cabinet TV/record player/radio combos, “portable” TVs that […]

Why Automation Fears Are Misplaced

To my utter astonishment, every nook and corner of the internet seems to be suddenly swarmed with hand-wringing reports sounding the alarm about how “automation”—robotics, AI and machine learning—will replace humans and otherwise cause job loss, or how automation will adversely affect or impact businesses and/or society. These adverse automation effect admonitions have even emanated […]

Different Looks at AI, Security/Privacy and eSports

Each year, the fine folks at IFA bring in journalists from around the globe (including yours truly) for a preview of the annual IFA confab in Berlin (1-6 September) and to take in a series of presentations from prognosticators and product makers. Nearly every trending tech topic is discussed. Among all the industry forecasts and […]