2015 International CES: What Next?

| January 5, 2015

TALKERS Consumer Electronics Show Coverage

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Major recent news stories demonstrate how profoundly technology impacts our lives.

More pictures and video are now shot with smartphones than cameras.

When Eric Garner’s take-down for selling untaxed cigarettes turned fatal, bystander video turned an already painful national conversation about race even more-painful.

When video of North Korea’s hack attack against Sony Pictures spooked movie theaters, “The Interview” was released on YouTube.

When he took over for his elderly, frail brother Fidel early in the 21st Century, Raul Castro pledged to ease Cuba’s kibosh on the late 20th Century technology we take for granted here in the USA.  Things like dial tone.

The simultaneous Castro/Obama announcements came as Cuba released Alan Gross, an American imprisoned for giving Internet access to Cuban Jews.

Consumer Electronics is big business, and getting bigger, $211 billion in the USA alone in 2014.  And wait’ll you hear what’s next, from the massive, mind-boggling 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, TWO MILLION square-feet-of-which will show us what’s newer, smaller, smarter, less-expensive-than – and, in many cases, obsoleting – what got all the ooo’s and ahhh’s last year.

CES attendees come from 60% more countries than sent teams to the Olympic Games.  Over 160,000 of us are here, too few of ’em radio people.  But TALKERS is.  Look for my reports here, all this week.

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Holland Cooke is a media consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet; and he covers industry conferences for Talkers and RadioInfo.com.  Follow HC’s real-time Tweets from 2015 International CES @HollandCooke.

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