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News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on HDTV and UWB in China, WiMAX deployments and hopes for US policy on broadband-related technologies.
Connected devices are everywhere. It doesn't matter whether the device is a TV set, a mobile phone, a blood pressure meter or a bathroom scale--they all want to communicate. That means that the technologies to connect them are in demand and that consumer electronics companies are having to decide which communications interfaces they need to integrate. This year's visit to CES left us wondering if the show initials now stand for "Connected Electronics Show".
The days of the stand-alone TV set seem to be numbered. Everyone is coming up with ways to enhance the functionality of the television. Solutions include putting more capability directly into the TV, enhancing its value through servers in the network or adding additional boxes to the already overcrowded TV top. There are way too many solutions today, so over time we expect that consumers will vote with their wallets on which of them provide real value.
Home networking is moving quickly into the consumer electronics space. At CES we saw lots of CE devices incorporating some form of networking: MoCA, G.hn, HomePNA, UPA, HomePlug, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth were all well represented. Broadcom showed new chips with integrated MoCA, G.hn continues to gain traction, and Wi-Fi keeps expanding.
The graying of the population and healthcare's ever-increasing costs are two drivers of an initiative sometimes called "Connected Health". The goal is to expand healthcare so that quality care can be delivered outside of traditional medical settings. Remote care and disease management are two faces of these technology-enabled care programs.
Trade shows are such frenetic environments that they call for at least a small dose of fun and some new perspective on how to look at what's being shown. Surprisingly, some of the humor at this year's CES came from Microsoft -- and the color of this year's new perspective was "green".
The cable industry now has a "one-stop-shop" event for catching up on what's happening in cable. Cable Connection - Spring is a consolidated event in Washington DC that encompasses the former Cable Show, SCTE-Emerging Technologies, CTAM and Cablelabs events. Looking farther ahead to June, Healthcare Unbound will be holding its sixth annual conference-with Seattle as its new location.