The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES 2015) is a yearly event that showcases over 3,600 exhibitors (including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content and technology delivery systems) to the press and public.
The CES show has been running since June 1967 and is internationally known as being the first public platform for many of the World’s most popular products including:
- Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970
- Laserdisc Player, 1974
- Camcorder, 1981
- Compact Disc Player, 1981
- Digital Audio Technology, 1990
- Compact Disc – Interactive, 1991
- Mini Disc, 1993
- Radio Data System, 1993
- Digital Satellite System, 1994
- Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996
- High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998 Hard-disc VCR (PVR), 1999
- Digital Audio Radio (DAR), 2000
- Microsoft Xbox, 2001
- Plasma TV, 2001
- Home Media Server, 2002
- HD Radio, 2003
- Blu-Ray DVD, 2003
- HDTV PVR, 2003
- HD Radio, 2004
- IP TV, 2005
- An explosion of digital content services, 2006
- New convergence of content and technology, 2007
- OLED TV, 2008
- 3D HDTV, 2009
- Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010
- Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Ford’s Electric Focus, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011
- Ultrabooks, 3D OLED, Android 4.0 tablets, 2012
- Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology, 2013
- 3D Printers, Sensor Technology, Curved UHD
One area of technology that is already receiving a lot of attention at CES 2015 is a way to wirelessly charge home user devices.
At CES 2015, it was announced that two out of three “organisations developing wireless charging will form a single group to push the technology. The third group, which counts Nokia as a member, is still going it alone with its own charging system”.
This announcement was presented as CES 2015 where new ‘in-home charging systems’ were displayed for the first time.
According to the BBC, “The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance have signed an agreement to form a single organisation to represent all the members of the two groups”.
Members of the Alliance for Wireless Power include Intel, Qualcomm, Dell and Samsung and members of the Power Matters Alliance contain Huawei, LG, Starbucks as well as others among its founding firms.
Kamil Grajski, head of the Alliance for Wireless Power has said in a statement that “the ‘standards war’ narrative presents a false choice” and that “the co-development approach that had led to modern mobile phones supporting many different radio technologies should also work for wire-free charging”.
The main aim of the groups is to design and implement products without the need for charging cables as was displayed by designs showcased by Audi and Version at CES 2015. The Powers Matters Alliance states on their website that they aim to “create a single entity to address consumer needs, move wireless charging to the next level”.