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I Saw the Integrated Future at CES

CES is traditionally a wonderland of new devices and new technologies, some frivolous and some functional, some ready-for-prime-time and some preparing for a hopeful or eventual future. Also, traditionally, most of these new devices and technologies exist by-and-large in siloes, distinct product categories or distinct applications designed to work, perhaps, tangentially, complementary or supplementary with […]

Get Ready: 8K TV is Next Up

At the recent CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the managers of the new Sharp Corp. rolled out their vision for an 8K consumer video future featuring 8K Super Hi-Vision (SHV) TV. Sharp, now under the direction of giant Taiwan electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision/Foxconn Electronics, has set its sights on leading the development of this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Samsung Rallies Industry Support For `QLED’ TVs

Samsung has started making it known throughout the consumer video display industry that it would like anyone involved in the development, production and sale of display devices enhanced by quantum dot technology to begin referring to those devices as “QLED,” short for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode,” displays. Samsung is hoping that broad-based use of […]

Nagra TVKey Looks To Eliminate Set-top Boxes Around The World

Swiss-based encryption-systems developer Nagra used last month’s CES 2017 to showcase a new conditional access (CA) platform that can eliminate the set-top box (STB) from the pay cable and satellite TV business paradigm, while bringing television manufacturers a potentially lucrative ancillary revenue stream. The company demonstrated at the show its TVKey platform, which is being […]

Many Monstrous Notes at CES 2017

While wandering around CES 2017, I was reminded of that scene in Amadeus, in which the Emperor Joseph II decides that the new opera by Mozart had “too many notes.” (The actual quote is “monstrous many notes” and referred to Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” but I digress.) That’s what I felt about CES—monstrous […]

I, CES, Robot

Of all the futuristic concepts conceived of in science fiction and turned into reality, one obvious concept has failed to materialize: Robots. It’s been more than 75 years since Isaac Asimov wrote “Robbie,” the first story in his “I, Robot” series, the first robot stories that didn’t entail an updated version of the “Frankenstein,” of […]