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Big data and the maker movement
The maker movement, of course, is quite closely tied to 3-D printing, but gained an additional boon from Kickstarter this year, and will only be getting more attention in the coming months.
Hardware startups who couldn’t get a dollar in funding from venture capitalists learned that the general public was much more willing to put money into hardware development and a slew of creative ideas have been emerging ever since. With sensors and LEDs becoming cheaper, designers are able to embed electronics easily into a multitude of things, and through micro-funding, makers have created a pool of interest in their products even before it is released.
Also, while it’s not strictly speaking “consumer electronics,” I believe 2013 will be the big year of data analytics, pulling and pooling data from our plethora of digital devices.
Application of analytics to everyday things like advertising, network management, fraud management, commerce, energy management, enterprise productivity, etc. will all be huge this year, and will have a significant effect on the whole tech ecosystem. Likewise, being able to do real-time analysis of terabytes of data will provide a better feedback loop into the system to gain significant benefits.
So will CES 2013 be less about shiny expensive things and more about home-made smart things and data management? Possibly. Probably. Is that a bad thing? No. It will just be a different kind of show this year.
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