TOP
STORIES
 1 of 5
What Extron’s True4K Spec Is, What It Is Not
Extron’s new 4K specification is about transparency on products’ resolution, frame rate, color sampling and color bit depth. It is not a certification program.
 2 of 5
Silicon Valley Research Center Unlocks Collaboration with Mezzanine
Visitors to NTT Group’s new customer experience center are immersed in latest digital products and solutions, experience a new kind of workplace collaboration.
 3 of 5
Buffalo Wild Wings Automates 80 Flat Screens in Time for NBA Playoffs
Popular restaurant and sports bar revamps video distribution and control system with local integrator VST Productions and RTI.
 4 of 5
Safety Technology Standards for Schools Outlined at ISC West
Partner Alliance for Safer Schools detailed four tiers of product agnostic life safety strategies to help K-12 districts protect against scourge of school shootings.
 5 of 5
What Obamacare Means For Your Small Business
Learn how to find low insurance prices, take advantage of tax credits and employ private health insurance within your business.
Lessons Learned from CES 2013
A commercial integrator's take on the trends from CES 2013, including 4K, OLED, personal health monitoring and connected appliances.

Article


Ultra HD 4K and OLED were the main TV trends at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.
January 21, 2013 By Bruce Kaufmann

CES is the only show I go to with the anticipation I will see something inspiring that sets a new direction. It never disappoints … best show I go to all year!

CES 2013 was about variation instead of innovation (improvements on prior innovation). This year’s CES was dominated by 4K Ultra HD displays, larger OLED displays, personal health monitoring, and the connected appliances.

CES is a terrific playground of consumer technology, but hidden within that playground is a map for the crafty implementation of useful technologies for the commercial side of the industry.

4K, OLED
I had further reinforcement as a designer and integrator that you can only sell what works right now. The idea that clients want something that will serve them for the next five years or beyond is insane. The payoff has to be in 12 months. 4K and OLED reinforce this. Both are excellent and beautiful technologies, but right on the heels of standard 1080p HD and back-lit LED.

OLED adoption will be price related, while 4K adoption will be related to available content or sources. Both stunning!

Related: LG Ultra HD 4K Displays Debut in Las Vegas Airport

Click image to subscribe

Health Monitoring, Connected Appliances
These two product categories showed me the term “the Internet of Things” is real. We work within the health care arena, so it was fascinating to see how many personal health devices can provide connectivity and data to the individual and to healthcare providers.

Improving your well being can be so much easier. Appliance connectivity to do everything from remote control and monitoring to power management to grocery list generation is further proof the exchange of information to and from any device has incredible benefits. Pro side needs to pay attention.

Energy Management
Perhaps the coolest thing I saw makes me want to rethink how I help my clients with a bigger issue: energy management and cost control.

Related: Strategic Planning Integrator of Year: Human Circuit

CES 2013 was my first exposure to the Noble Gas Plasma Engine. There are skeptics out there, but if creating an engine that runs off inert gases is real … GAME CHANGER. A 4-cylinder engine that produces over 200hp at 1800 RPMs with no carbon footprint! Sell your excess power (which you would have) on a home generator back to the grid and be self-reliant. The payback is quick. The commercial applications can be handled in time as well. And oh, by the way, no “refueling” for three years or so?! While I’m designing your technology, can I rebuild your power plant? They promise in quick time a 1MW generator.

About the author

Bruce Kaufmann - President and CEO of Human CircuitBruce
Bruce Kaufmann is the President and CEO of Human Circuit, a Gaithersburg, Md.-based integration firm.
View all posts by Bruce Kaufmann
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail


  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources
Enter the 2015 Commercial Integrator BEST Awards

Commercial Integrator's BEST Awards program recognizes the most noteworthy products and solutions for an integration business. Entries are being accepted until May 15, with an early bird deadline of April 10.

2015 Integration Awards Looking for Stand-Out Commercial Installations
AVAD Announces ‘Commercial Days’ Education Opportunity
ihiji Secures $1.8M in Funding to Develop Internet of Things Platform
Extron Presents Next Generation AV and Control Products at NAB
View more news
Webcast:
10 Rules of Video Wall Content Creation

When should 4K content be employed for your video wall? What software should be used? A panel of experts will help you create a video wall content game plan for your clients.

White Paper: Zooming In on Eye-Opening Surveillance Technologies
White Paper: 8 Ways To Calm a CIO’s AV Anxiety
Webcast: Inside PASS Electronic Equipment Guidelines to Safer Schools
White Paper: 5 Steps to Cheaper, Simpler Huddle Spaces
White Paper: State of the Industry Report
White Paper: An Integrator or Audiophile’s Guide to Networked Audio
White Paper: LED Light Fixtures: No Electrician Required
View more papers or webcasts



Recent comments

Yes, the ACA is great for doctors.  My wife had cancer under our old policy.  It paid for virtually…

Posted by Jerry on 2015 04 20 · commented on
'What Obamacare Means For Your Small Business'.

Coverage and access are two ill defined terms.  For example, you could feel less covered because the…

Posted by Dr. Steven Eastaugh on 2015 04 20 · commented on
'What Obamacare Means For Your Small Business'.

One important point this article doesn’t discuss is coverage.  We’re paying significantly…

Posted by Jerry on 2015 04 20 · commented on
'What Obamacare Means For Your Small Business'.

Item 9 thoughts.

When streaming ANY video, you need to consider the venue, as some systems/solutions…

Posted by Dennis on 2015 04 08 · commented on
'10 Important Considerations for HDBaseT Deployments'.