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What's Up With Digital Imaging

What’s Up With Digital Imaging

Clearly the camera phone has disrupted the imaging and photography market. Sharing images and video over platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube has put the lower-end of the digital imaging industry in a tailspin and threatened point-and-shoot cameras. The smartphone’s convenience, portability and mobile connectivity, as well as a slew of photography-based apps have energized the...
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality: Is It There Yet?

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality: Is It There Yet?

Susan Schreiner (susan@c4trends.com) is the founder and editor of C4Trends.com and a veteran journalist who covers developments in consumer technology. She is also a CE industry and events analyst. Bridging the gap between virtual and real-world experiences is quickly moving beyond just science fiction.   While we’ve been hearing about Virtual Reality (VR) for several years, the VR space ignited...
Is Science Fiction Colliding with Health Solutions?

Is Science Fiction Colliding with Health Solutions?

 What will the intersection of tech with health, genomics and medicine look like in the next few years? We are on the cusp of a transformative revolution. Cross-disciplinary sectors are collaborating across the biomedical and technology spectrum from mobile and digital health to 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, pharma and synthetic biology. It’s about telemedicine,...
Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid Perception

Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars’ Kid Perception

What humans can see may be just part of the issue, noted Susan Schreiner, analyst with C4 Trends. “Sound is the other half of it, as in what people on the street hear,” she told TechNewsWorld. “As we shift to electric vehicles, the cars aren’t as loud, so perhaps the sensors need to be tied...
IoT: The Next Big Retail Opportunity

IoT: The Next Big Retail Opportunity

Susan Schreiner (susan@c4trends.com) is the founder and editor of C4Trends.com and a veteran journalist who covers developments in consumer technology. She is also a CE industry and events analyst. Two of the latest buzzwords are Internet of Things (a.k.a., IoT) and machine-to-machine, or M2M.  In most cases, these terms are increasingly interchangeable.  What’s the relevancy...
Fitbit Hooks Up With Windows 10

Fitbit Hooks Up With Windows 10

Fitbit is not alone in having been too complicated for the casual fitness buff, added Susan Schreiner, principal analyst with C4 Trends. “The user interface needs to be simplified, and the voice connectivity could help, as people are already using voice commands with their devices,” she told TechNewsWorld. “The interesting thing with Cortana is that...
Wellness, Fitness & Accessibility Products: A Broad View

Wellness, Fitness & Accessibility Products: A Broad View

Based on what we saw on the 2015 International CES floor, the wellness and fitness category is on the verge of taking off in a big way. Some of these devices are “true” wearables in that they attach onto a body in some way—like a smartwatch, fitness band, eyewear, or a growing array of health...
3D Printing: The Shape of Things to Come

3D Printing: The Shape of Things to Come

3D printing is unleashing ingenious creativity and collaboration across sectors. Advanced processes are fueling innovation about customization and manufacturing  in aerospace, automotive, architecture, electronics, food, fashion, health, medical and biological applications. It’s empowering entrepreneurs and startups, and facilitating new types of job creation. 3D printing is producing prototypes or custom products in a timely manner...
The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma

The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma

“There are currently two schools of thought,” Susan Schreiner, analyst at C4 Trends, told TechNewsWorld. “Those that say that you don’t need a new HDMI cable for Ultra HD 4K — and those for whom it is a concern.” “The current HDMI 1.4 spec works with the initial wave of 4K sets,” noted C4’s Schreiner....
Printing Innovation in 3D

Printing Innovation in 3D

 3D printing is disrupting traditional manufacturing and may be the catalyst for the next industrial revolution. It’s moving beyond making prototypes, molds and tooling into the customization of end-use parts for applications ranging from aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer products, architecture and electronics. McKinsey estimates that the 3D printing industry could generate between $230 billion and $550 billion by 2025. Companies like 3D Systems, GE, Shapeways and Stratasys are...
Crowdfunding Unfolding

Crowdfunding Unfolding

Crowdfunding is disrupting the relationship between entrepreneurs, the money raising ecosystem and investors. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites are helping innovators to build businesses and leverage funding with more than 200 online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. alone. Evidence is mounting that crowdfunding is starting to impinge on the seed turf of angel investors. Venture...
Let's Collaborate

Let’s Collaborate

This year it was clear that one of the real values of the 2014 International CES is its role as an important venue for collaboration across companies and industries, and that this is a new way of doing business. Historically, collaborations at CES tend to be about bilateral company deals such as large OEMs selecting...