CES 2014 Roundup

CES 2014 has officially come and gone, and the dust is now settling. We’ve been monitoring the coverage of the show and have rounded up some highlights to share with you. The big trends at CES this year were refinements of the trends we’ve been seeing in the past couple of years at CES – gadgets are wearable, hardware is flexible, and HD TVs are reaching new heights of resolution.

Given that the major stories of CES this year have been evolutions of previously offered products, there has been some forecasting that the consumer electronics category will contract due to either a lack of innovation, or low volume of adoption for innovative products. Compared to the mobile device boom of recent years, consumer electronics revenue will likely trend downwards in 2014 while the industry waits for products like Ultra HD TVs and wearable technology to gain traction with consumers. A little further into the future, things look brighter – here are some forecasts from IHS, Inc.:

IHS now predicts 38.5 million UHD LCD TV sets will ship in 2018, up from 1.5 million in 2013, according to the TV Systems Intelligence Service at IHS. Shipments will fly up more than 500 percent to reach 10 million in 2014. However, UHD sets still have a long way to go before they command a major share of the overall market. In 2018, UHD will account for only about 16 percent of all LCD TV shipments.

Global market shipments of wearable devices for infotainment applications will grow to 130.7 million units in 2018, up from 51.2 million in 2013. The infotainment segment consists of products including Bluetooth headsets, head-up displays, imaging products, smart glasses and smart watches.

At The Douglas Stewart Company, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the infotainment segment, particularly in the Bluetooth-enabled category. Click here to check out our current selection of Bluetooth offerings, and watch your inbox for our New Product emails and New Product Guides to find out what exciting tech we’ll be onboarding in 2014.

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