Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • Attention, TV Buyers – Your Time Has Come!

    January 19, 2015

    You may not have noticed it, but the U.S. economy is doing quite well right now. Unemployment continues to fall; the Dow and S&P 500 recently hit all-time highs, and the price of oil has gone into free fall lately. For many consumers, that means more money in their wallets. And with the conclusion of the college football playoffs and the Super Bowl looming in a couple of weeks, now – and I mean NOW – is the absolute best time to buy a new television. Not on Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. Not right before Christmas. NOW. It’s been well-documented that TV sales spike upward right as the pro football playoffs start and hit their peak the week before the Super Bowl. That’s partly because obsessed fans want a big-screen HD experience to see the Seahawks and Patriots slug it out. But it’s also because TV retailers see slow months looming immediately after the game, and don’t want to sit on large quantities of unsold inventory. To drive the point home, brick-and-mo..Read more

  • Looking for Consumer Electronics at CES

    January 17, 2015

    The Consumer Electronics Show 2015 was the biggest in history -- again -- but the show feels increasingly strange. For a show that is nominally about consumer electronic products, a surprising number are either not consumer products or not electronic. A significant portion of Panasonic's booth was devoted to a men's grooming salon where male attendees were being barbered for free, with the barbers using Panasonic grooming devices. Not far away was a beauty salon, where female attendees were being beautified, again with Panasonic beauty products. I saw a beautician using a Panasonic hair dryer with great enthusiasm. Samsung, LG, and others showed stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. I mentioned to one LG representative that she reminded me of Betty Furness operning a refrigerator door in ancient TV commercials. The rep enthusiastically did ..Read more