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The Early Verdict from Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: New Device Categories Will Drive Future Demand

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LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2015 – The smart phone continues its dominance of the $1.024 trillion global consumer electronics market. But the early verdict from the product announcement being made here at the International Consumer Electronics Show is that it is new product categories that will steal this year’s show.

A quick look at some of the leading topics, many of which we covered – in a more embryonic stage – as the “top five trends” at last year’s CES:

Smart homes: This is one of the leading areas for the “internet of things” that seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue here in Las Vegas. But the question is: Will the different platforms and standards for home office automation converge or become interoperable?

Next-generation autos: Whether in the realm of advanced fuel economy, driverless cars, or new safety and entertainment options, automobile manufactures (Ford, Mercedes-Benz) are among the most prominent keynotes at this year’s CES.

3D printing: Putting intellectual property issues aside, three-dimensional printing is becoming more and more mainstream, with new “toy” printers set to hit the market later this year, as well as 3D printers to meet food and even medical needs.

Wearable computing: At the CES Unveiled launch party on Monday night, a visitor could hardly walk 25 feet without running into yet another wearable fitness device. Clearly, the market is due for a shakeout. But for now, each provider is touting what makes their smart body device unique.

Drones and robotics: Still a bit on the cutting edge, drones are the eye-candy of this year’s CES. Expect to see them in force when the CES show floor officially open on Tuesday.

Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund and wireless policy @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Kirton McConkie, based in Salt City City, Utah. You can find him on LinkedIN and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com  and affiliated social media are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors. Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. 

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. His telecommunications-focused law firm, Drew Clark PLLC, works with cities, rural communities and state economic development entities to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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