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The Rise of Connected Devices

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Join the Community! recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show brought home one simple fact: We will soon be hard-pressed to find consumer electronics that don’t feature a built-in Internet connection. From e-readers to tablets to Blu-ray players, we should be preparing for a connected experience. And consumers electronics makers should be preparing for a boost in sales.

Especially those of portable entertainment devices, according to In-Stat, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based research service. Sales of e-readers, navigation systems, digital music players, handheld game consoles and portable media players, which currently total some 400 million, are seen approaching 600 million units by 2013, In-Stat predicts. WiFi-enabled entertainment device shipments are seen rising to 177.3 million in 2013, the research group says, from 108.8 million in 2009.

To get a sense of our CE obsession, check out this stunning infographic from the folks at the online financial management service provider Mint.


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4 Responses to “The Rise of Connected Devices”

  1. Is it only tech spending that is up? Or is there a good reason to rejoice ..other than the world having come out of a recession in general terms, thus implying also increased spends in CE?