Putting the “P” in CES

welcome to las vegas and International ces twenty
thirteen this video provide some highlights of
our adventure ces used to be called the consumer
electronics show but in many ways it is probably appropriate that
the term consumer was removed from the name. Sure there are the
latest gadgets that one associates with consuming a few these will be a shiny success, while
others could fall into the deep dark aisles of the retail store. but at its best ces is about making
people’s lives better. Warwick Sterling said it well when he
suggested that Whirlpool’s job is to help people unclutter their
lives. put in that context, a bluetooth enabled
refrigerator that has a built-in speaker starts to make sense. building on the theme from last year’s
ViodiTV video, the idea of enhancing our abilities through
electronics was reflected in many of the booths. Whether using our mind to control things
or pointing to enhance our knowledge, the technology is giving
superhuman powers; powers that one could only imagine a short time ago. What we with do those powers and whether or not they help
our bodies or help them atrophy is the big question To this last point, There were many developments on display in
the digital health space that will encourage us to be active. The common
theme of these developments is the collection of data with virtually no
effort from the human. An example of this, is a stylish
wristband from a company called Fitbit that records things such as steps per day, calories burned and a host of other data points. It is the app world that is beginning to
transform this big data into actions that offer to transform lifestyle and perhaps remove some of the friction
inherent in delivering cost effective health care. And apps aren’t just for health care, as one
company has figured out a clever way to reuse the some fifty million iphones iTouches and iPads that are obsoleted every year This obvious idea promises to disrupt
the market for home control monitoring just as the service is about to take off. While, from the other side, the appliance
manufacturers have the potential to make a big impact on home monitoring and
control, as one manufacturer is suggesting that WiFi integrated into appliances are just around the corner. This show is so big, it easy to have expectations of huge announcements that immediately will transform society. What
excites me however are the incremental developments that offer the potential to
improve the quality of life and make for a better world. Instead of the “C” standing for consumer,
perhaps the focus should be on “P” for people. So stay tuned over the next couple of
weeks as we release exclusive video interviews and overviews of devices and
services alluded to in this video.

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