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CES Slideshow: The Next Big (or Little) Things
1/15/2013

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With the Miracast peer-to-peer wireless screencast standard created by the WiFi Alliance, consumers can wirelessly display what they see on their handhelds on a big-screen TV. Shown above is a Miracast demo at MediaTek's private suite. Many, including Broadcom's CTO Henry Samueli, wonder why consumers would want to battle with a complex user interface for smart TVs if you can easily select what you want to see on a handheld and wirelessly display it on a large-screen TV in a living room.
With the Miracast peer-to-peer wireless screencast standard created by the WiFi Alliance, consumers can wirelessly display what they see on their handhelds on a big-screen TV. Shown above is a Miracast demo at MediaTek's private suite. Many, including Broadcom's CTO Henry Samueli, wonder why consumers would want to battle with a complex user interface for smart TVs if you can easily select what you want to see on a handheld and wirelessly
display it on a large-screen TV in a living room.

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Turbineman
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Re: wireless sound or knobless automotive controls
Turbineman   2/8/2013 1:25:56 PM
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I agree.  I saw a lot of TIDSU (Technology In Desperate Search of a Use) in those slides, like the voice command feature in my Honda Pilot that I've never used.  I would like to have that wearable HD camera in slide 1.  I can think of many uses, like while I'm flying.

bdcst
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Re: wireless sound or knobless automotive controls
bdcst   1/28/2013 11:15:10 AM
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This rush to create products to solve minimalist problems seems to be great portal into bankruptsy.  Using RF networks to eliminate the need for unsighly wires or for folks who cannot plug the green plug into the green socket, will make life a bit easier for the dumbed down consumer.  But those wireless speakers will either plow through a lot of batteries or will still have a power cord running around the room to the nearest outlet which is never where you need it.  :-)

I don't get the trend towards the virtual dashboard.  In an aircraft the glass cockpit has sufficient redundancy, pilot and co-pilot displays.  But putting virtually all of a vehicle's entertainment, climate control, safety alerts into one LCD panel is a waiting single point of failure.

And if that isn't foolish enough,  a large touch screen replacement for tactile mechanical controls is the road to automotive accident hell.  Drivers spend little enough time engaged with what's out in front on the road without major distractions.  The virtual touchscreen dashboard may someday have its place when vehicles can drive themselves autonomously.  Till then, please do not make it more difficult to keep eyes on the road.

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Re: Wearable Electronics
Cabe Atwell   1/24/2013 4:29:26 PM
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Four months is relatively new. I am a big fan of technology in fashion. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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mrdon
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Re: Wearable Electronics
mrdon   1/23/2013 10:45:04 PM
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Cabe, I believe the FLORA came out four months ago but don't quote me. Thanks for suggesting the feature article. I look forward in doing it. I got a couple of wearable concepts sketched out and will chose one to develop. I'll definitely keep you posted.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Wearable Electronics
Cabe Atwell   1/23/2013 4:40:42 PM
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The XBOX Kinect sensor is not so seamless when using menus. Actually, I found it so frustrating, I still use the controller on all the navigation.

Mrdon, way to be leading edge. Didn't the flora kit just come out? Let us know what you make with it.

More specifically, just me... I could do a feature on your work I am sure.

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Tim
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Re: Entertainment UI
Tim   1/22/2013 9:01:44 PM
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The voice control and motion control on my kid's X Box is very useful and is pretty seamless.  Selecting channels via voice could be very useful.

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mrdon   1/17/2013 5:36:50 PM
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Cabe, I agree. New technologies sometimes warrant standards that drive design unification practices. I'll be watching the developments closely of wearable devices for this year. Also, I'll be getting a hands on view of wearable electronics as I experiment with the Adafruit Flora kit.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   1/17/2013 3:59:27 PM
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Looks like the trend is all about new was to use and interface with our technology. It is 2013 after all, it should be easier to do work. Look how a different HMI let people that used to be afraid to use a computer, seemingly master the smartphone.  Unification of all tech has to be the next big usability trend.

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mrdon
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Wearable Electronics
mrdon   1/15/2013 11:00:13 PM
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Junko, Great slides. I kind of like the wearable HD camera shown in the first slide. Where there any wearable electronic companies displaying new products and technologies in this industry?

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110 Inch HDTV
apresher   1/15/2013 1:54:50 PM
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Definitely an amazing piece of technology, but I wonder about the pixel density and picture quality.

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