Technology Advancements in Consumer Electronics and the Impact on Energy Savings

November 21, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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I grew up watching the Jetsons, a show about the future with flying cars, robots and the home of the future. It was this home of the future that captured my imagination. The smart home revolution is all around us and we are quickly approaching a world full of technology that is like the Jetsons. As our homes are becoming smarter and more connected there is an incredible opportunity.

The smart home and consumer electronics industry has been expanding and benefits from three key trends:

  • Smart devices - internet connected and controllable
  • Lower prices - prices have come down by a factor of 10x
  • Smartphones/Tablets - Smartphones and tablets are everywhere in the modern home
  • Energy Efficiency - Everyone wants to be green

The problem is that smart devices are islands and do not work as a real network. The result is a collection of disconnected devices in the home that are smart but not smart enough. The consumer is faced with a dilemma of how to make things work together in a seamless way. Advances in technology are improving the customer experience and simplifying the results.

As an industry, we can go beyond making customers happy and use the technology to make the world more efficient. The exciting opportunity of connecting smart devices can help trigger a revolution that while improve people's experience and at the same time reduce energy usage. We will discuss the impact of advancements in technologies today and how we can work together to conserve energy and improve people's lives.

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