Transformative Consumer Device Technologies

Consumer electronics, mobile devices, and computing increasingly rely on common enabling technologies, from displays to battery and charging systems to imaging and projection. This service explores the transformative impact of core enabling technologies, including displays, camera modules, projection, audio systems, and battery / charging technologies, across a variety of end markets and how new sensors and human-machine user interfaces will alter the user experience in years to come.

Human-machine user interfaces (HMI) evolved from system hardware controls to the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of PCs, while smartphones and tablets have been dominated by touchscreen inputs. As operating systems and content access converge across a broad spectrum of device categories, HMI rapidly expands to incorporate GUI, home screens, sensors and perceptual computing, voice and natural language, eye tracking, gestures and proximity, neural, location-awareness, and hybrid UIs that blend multiple interfaces to deliver entirely new experiences. Many of these interfaces were gated by limited technology and cost, but advancements on both fronts are expanding the overall market potential.

While mobile devices have been at the bleeding edge of UI innovation and are the impetus for reinventing data communications architecture, other categories are adopting similar UI paradigms, including consumer electronics, connected vehicle, smart home, and IoT. The confluence of user experience across multiple categories will be the center of innovation in the next 10 years.


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