Takeaways from CES2015: Wireless Innovation, Variety and Openness

Once again, I made my device obsessed friends green with covet by attending the International Electronic devices Show — sacred ground for those who thrive on the business associated with consumer technologies. By the end of TOUS CES, tech journalists and casual guests have identified their favorite gadgets which were created by some of the most hyper-enthusiastic entrepreneurs you may ever meet. To be sure, that 3-D printer capable of producing a dress flawlessly tailored for Mignon made the particular cut, but the main import of this year’s show, were the effective messages that 3, 600 exhibitors are sending about the impact associated with technology in our lives. Below are our top three takeaways.

First, innovation within wireless communications is obliterating our own expectations of what a physical object can do for us. Watches and other wearables will not only allow a diabetic in order to her glucose levels without a pin prick, they also sense when she wakes up and will have her favorite “Cup of Joe” ready before she has even gotten out of bed. Mix industry collaboration is also enabling that will same watch to start a car remotely and have it drive and fulfill you at your doorstep. News adobe flash: The technology to enable the “Internet of Everything” is not two or three many years away. It is here today, but as regulators, we must never forget that every consumers must have access to broadband in order for that virtuous reality exists whenever everyone benefits.

The FCC must do the part and it can start by changing its voice-only Lifeline adoption program to support broadband. In November, We outlined five principlesto guide this kind of reform, because it is increasingly clear how the divide grows deeper each day we all delay. Focusing on wireless, the FCC has been promoting interoperability and designing auctions that encourage small and large wireless providers to participate. More competition should promote cheaper services.

Second, I saw a little more diversity from CES this year. As I tried to cover the more than 2 . 2 mil net square feet of exhibit space, I could not help but notice that there seemed to be more individuals of color on the floor and introducing at the exhibits than in prior many years. While notable, there is clearly more that can and should be done. According to released reports, African American women in the tech industry receive less than one % of the financing venture capital funds offer each year, which is why, last September, We visited FOCUS100, an event sponsored by Kathryn Finney. Her company, digitalundivided. com, seeks to arm varied female tech innovators from worldwide with the training, mentorship and direct exposure needed to participate successfully in the man dominated industry. And on January 27, the FCC’s Office of Marketing communications Business Opportunities will host a Small Business & Emerging Technologies Conference and Tech Fair which will focus on innovation by fledgling entrepreneurs in information technology and telecom. We will be highlighting small businesses and address the barriers facing group and women-owned tech start-ups. To learn more, contact OCBO at (202) 418-0990 or TechFair@fcc. gov. But what I am thrilled to note-, is the fact that during his keynote address from CES 2015, Intel CEO John Krzanich pledged $300 million to boost the company’s workforce diversity. We are hopeful that other companies will accept his challenge and step up their person efforts as well.

Third, openness is a critical element to promoting wireless development as well as greater diversity. Another exhibitor highlighted its collaboration with SmartThings, — a company that develops software and monitors to connect appliances in your house. Three years ago, this company did not also exist. Its spark came from an incident at the CEO’s family vacation home in Colorado that resulted in $70, 000 worth of damage the result of a home ventilation system. This could are actually prevented, he concluded, if he previously been able to control and monitor that will system remotely. He was therefore surprised that he could not find this type of solution already on the market that he made a decision to create one himself. By creating software for these solutions, he learned there were more than 7, 000 devices being created to connect to the Internet and that the key to developing these options is openness. This means open supply software and open technical requirements. Samsung vowed that all of its future products would be built on platforms which are open and compatible with other products. To make that clear, it acquired SmartThings which is a reminder that great innovation is boundless when businesses make openness a key aspect of their own strategies.

In sum, it is an exciting time with thousands of new innovations here today and on the horizon. Yet what I hope to also report, in the years ahead, is the continued progress we are producing in closing the connectivity and technologies divides that still exists, to ensure that more American consumers are able to accessibility more and more of these life-altering technologies.


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