CES Day Four: The Internet of Things and more

In today’s round up, the DTG looks at the popular conversation on the internet of things and collaboration between manufacturers, as well as the latest innovations in audio/video data transfer.

SAMSUNG CALLS FOR COLLABORATION TO REALISE THE INTERNET OF THINGS

During a keynote speech at CES 2015, Boo Keun Yoon, the chief executive of Samsung, said: “The internet of things has the potential to transform our society, economy and how we live our lives.”

Yoon was referring to the development of interoperable smart technology across the spectrum of appliances and devices that consume our daily lives. The Samsung boss warned that the potential of future technology would not be realised unless different electronic manufacturers resolve to collaborate more.

"It is our job to pull together—as an industry, and across different sectors—to make true on the promise of the internet of things," he said, adding that the IoT was now a "science fact".

The internet of things works towards embedding simple appliances and devices – such as fridges, thermostats and the like – into the existing internet infrastructure. These devices would have a smart technology that allows them to report on status and be controlled remotely.

LG has also shown an active interest in the internet of things. In its press conference at CES, LG discussed a system that will let people talk to gadgets to control them, as opposed to using text messages or apps.

MHL CONSORTIUM ANNOUCES 8K SUPPORTIVE SUPERMHL

The Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Consortium announced at CES 2015 that the next-generation MHL specification, superMHL, will be able to carry future 8K (7680x4320) video at up to 120 frames per second.

SuperMHL can be used to transfer data at high speeds and power a mobile device connected to it at the same time. The company says that the new reversible 32-pin superMHL connecter can carry concurrent video, data and power changing all through a slim design cable.

The reversible nature of the superMHL will eliminate the need of plug orientation or inserting the cable in the correct direction

At a CES press conference on Tuesday, Rob Tobias, president of MHL, LLC, said: "With the release of superMHL, consumers can experience content beyond resolution, focus on the picture instead of the pixels, and live in a world where TVs are truly windows into the future."

HDMI EXPANDS 4K SPECIFICATION AND TESTING PROGRAM

HDMI Licensing announced at CES 2015 that over 1,600 licensed HDMI adopters are expected to ship over 700 million HDMI-compliant products in 2015. Currently, nearly half of all HDMI Adopters are using the latest version of the specification, HDMI 2.0.

HDMI Licensing is also working towards their next specification that will fully realise the audio-visual advances of 4k Ultra HD.

“We understand that the HDMI Specification must evolve and respond quickly to a growing and rapidly changing market. Thus, the HDMI Forum is committed to publishing a new version to meet market need. We believe that the market will require support for higher video resolutions and frame rates, High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, additional audio formats, and power over the HDMI interface,” said Robert Blanchard, president of the HDMI Forum, Inc.

“Addressing these trends with the next version of the HDMI specification ensures that the HDMI interface will continue to support the highest level of audio and video quality.”

HDMI Licensing is showcasing several 4K TV use cases featuring a 4K upscaling Blu-ray player, 4K tablet and desktop gaming and 4K mobile playback at the HDMI marketplace at CES 2015.

DTG Staff  |  08.01.2015

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