SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Standards for making consumer gear more accessible, measuring wireless power and sending stereo 3-D information over Bluetooth will be among the many issues discussed with the Consumer Electronics Association convenes its annual Industry Forum here next week.
The CEA has started a working group to discuss standards for product accessibility. Staying ahead of draft legislation in Congress is a major driver of the effort.
Legislation already exists about how to handle accessibility for telephone and broadcast TV services. But the rise of voice over Internet Protocol and Web video is forcing lawmakers to revisit the meaning of accessibility to basic services.
"A lot of it is about a shift to services on the Net," said Brian Markwalter, vice president of standards and technology at the CEA. "New FCC rules may be needed," he said.
Meanwhile, a separate working group hopes to complete in November a standard for infrared signaling for stereo 3-D glasses. The group is now discussing whether it will try to set a standard for RF signaling, and Broadcom has proposed using Bluetooth.
Another new working group will define a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging products. Several wireless charging products are shipping that use a variety of approaches, but consumers lack a way to gauge their effectiveness, Markwalter said.
The group may also try to set standards for wireless charging methods that do not require close alignment of the device and a charging pad.
The six-day CEA event will include a wide variety of standards group meetings and panel discussions. Topics range from digital TV interfaces to home networking, in-car electronics and the smart grid.