Consumer Electronics Show 2013 – 5 Technology Trends

Next week marks the beginning of The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) In Las Vegas. CES is the worlds largest gadget conference, where the big and small names of the tech world gather to show off their newest toys. The 2013 show seems to be all about innovation through integration, prepare for a world where your phone can turn on your oven while streaming Homeland wirelessly to your smart TV. The gear will be cool, it will be new, and it will probably be too expensive for most of us to afford.

Consumer Electronics Show produced by CEA International.

Lets take a look at five of the leading tech trends that will dominate this years event.

Small Tech and Big Start-ups

The newbies on the floor this year will be fighting for attention for the first time, and it looks like they will be shaking things up. CES 2013 has attracted exhibitors from some of the leading small-cap technology companies and start-ups. Companies like Leap Motion and Razer are bringing new gear and gadgets with lots of buzz and big budgets.

The New "Sabertooth" Controller by Razer.
The New “Sabertooth” XBOX Controller by Razer.

While at the same time, brand new companies like Pebble are shaking things up with new ideas for gizmoz and gadgets, bringing the entrepreneurial spirit back to the showroom floor.

Pebble lets you check your e-mail and text mesages on the go.
Now That’s A Smart Watch

Tablets and Touchscreens

The tablets are in abundance this year, with all the big names competing for a market space that did not exist just a few years ago. The buzz this year seems to be surrounding the new “hybrid” tablets release by Windows and a few other companies. Although a hybrid laptop / tablet is not a new idea, the delivery has never been more sexy and cost effective for manufactures and consumers. The verdict is still out whether the hybrid tablet / laptop concept will take off, but Microsoft is hoping that CES 2013 will put their new “Surface” devices one step closer to winning over public opinion.


Surface hybrid tablet / laptoop with windows 8.
The hybrid Tablet / Laptop has been reborn!

Cars With Brains

I recently had the pleasure of driving a 2012 Mercedes SUV, she talks to you, warns you when people are in your blind spot, and even corrects the steering if you swerve on the highway. The world of car tech has come so far, but in recent history, the premium tech has only been included in the highest end models and brands. It seems that this year will mark the point where motor-vehicle gadgets are slowly being integrated into much more affordable models.

Inside The Delorean From Back To The Future III
Inside The Delorean From Back To The Future III

Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Audi and several others will be showing off their new smart car wizbangs, and like I said earlier, the trend this year will focus on integration. Smartphone syncing, internet ready, self navigating vehicles will be the standard of the not-so-distant future. Much of the technology that will dominate the market over the next ten years will be shown to the public for the first time next week at CES 2013.

Ford at CES 2012
Ford at CES 2012

TVs Going Rouge

As always, new models of smarter, brighter, and fancier televisions will dominate the showroom of CES. Many manufactures are trying to come out on top in the ongoing fight for TV market share. The front lines of this battle will be drawn at CES 2013. TV gadget lovers will certainly have enough to keep their attention, but the real story here is the dramatic shift from traditional Television sets to mobile content delivery devices and systems.

Multiple screens with streaming television capabilities.

Once again, integration seems to be driving the current trend in television content delivery. So you have a smartphone and a smart TV, shouldn’t you be able to deliver content to and from both devices? That’s the logic currently influencing the development of new technology. People are no longer content to sit in front of a couch and watch their shows at prime time. Consumers of today want their content anywhere, anytime, and they want to be able to text, tweet, and surf the web while watching it. The dominant theme in TV tech at CES 2013 will be providing solutions to this demand.

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Trade Show – GV Expo 2012 / GovComm12 Exhibition Recap

As expected, The 2012 Government Video Expo was an all out success. The exhibition floor was teeming with top of the line tech and the biggest names pulled out all the stops to showcase the latest and greatest. I took a little time to document some of the stuff that caught my eye, so lets take a look!

This way to The Government Video Expo!

Video Technology Recap – All Systems Go

The main focus of any GV Expo is the video gear. This year it seemed that the big boys were in a battle for showroom floor supremacy.

Digital Video Group at The 2012 GV Expo
Digital Video Group, Inc.

Digital Video Group had one of the most extensive and impressive displays at the expo. Top of the line camera systems, screens, and control surfaces were shown off in style. Conference attendees really got a good show at DVG’s booth this year, with hands on displays and a team of friendly trade show experts to demonstrate the goods.

Next lets check out the battle of the touchscreens!

Aurora vs. AMX, battle for touch sreen dominance!
Aurora (Left Front) – AMX (Back Right)

Makers of high end touchscreen systems Aurora and AMX went head to head this year at GV Expo 2012. Squaring off with opposing booths right at the entrance to the expo, the two tech titans seemed to be competing for the biggest display at The 2012 GV Expo. I think both exhibits were equal in size, but each company took a unique approach. Aurora went with an in-your-face but clean and clear 4 sided display, while AMX decided to create a spacy enclosure to show off their tech. These booths defiantly saw a lot of action this year, and you can see why!

Now lets look at another cool display, this time from Crestron.

Crestron display showed off their top of the line switchers, converters and netowrking solutions.

Crestron decided to show off their high end collaboration systems this year at GV Expo 2012. After reviewing their company online, I am amazed at how many high tech solution this company has a hand in. From HDMI switchers, to video converters, Crestron is delivering some surreal tech these days. This particular display caught my eye for its clean combination of friendly service and easy to read documentation. Maybe I am a nerd but networking systems for real time video collaboration is just plain cool!

Now that we have covered the big show, I want to highlight a very cool vendor, BWC Visual Technology, that grabbed my attention this year.

BWC Visual Technology demonstratic their new spherical displays!
Spherical display screens!

Nerd alert, I find this vendor very cool just because they are doing something different. BWC Visual Technology was showcasing their impressive spherical display system. Basically you can integrate a 3D esque spherical display into any regular display system. Their demo in the background showed a flat image of the expo, with a super-imposed 3D sphere showing a data driven display of water temperatures of planet Earth’s Oceans in real time. Sweet…

*Note* I would have privided a link to BWC’s website but I could not find it! All I can offer is this link to their GovComm12 Registration page.

Audio Tech: New Gear From Info Comm

The partnership with InfoComm and GovComm brought much more sound gear to this year’s GV Expo. That means sound tech’s like myself were thrilled to go explore some of the premium gear that we all dream of playing with but can’t afford. Of course there was lots of focus on microphone systems for field use, as well as wireless systems, streaming devices and much more.

I was glad to see a both with plenty of reps from Audio Technica, a new addition to The GV Expo this year.

Audio technica Shows off their gear at the 2012 GV Expo.
Mic Check!

TIVA-DC: Another Great Membership Drive

One of the ways Word Wizards contributes to TIVA-DC as a sponsor is by helping out every year at The GV Expo. This year TIVA-DC signed up 220 new and returning members at the booth! The GV Expo is one of TIVA-DC’s best opportunities to showcase ourselves to the DC video and media services community. Each year at the expo, TIVA-DC offers a half price membership drive for people who come and sign up in person.

TIVA-DC in full swing at this year's GV expo.
TIVA-DC gets the boogey on! (Can you spot Word Wizards CEO Scott Gordon in this photo?)

TIVA also hold a raffle every day at the Expo and gives away a bunch of cool prizes. One of our contributions was two $50 gift cards to Olazzo, a delicious Italian Restaurant located in Bethesda and Silver Spring Maryland. Other prizes included hats, TIVA swag, and USB thumb drives.

Entrance to the 2012 GV Expo

I think that’s about enough for this article, stay tuned for a recap of the best speakers and presentations of the GV Expo. Make sure to leave us a comment if you enjoyed this post. Also, sign up for our newsletter to receive our best blog posts every month. Have a great weekend everyone!