The Rise of Connected Devices

4 Comments 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.


Infographic courtesy of

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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?


The graphic in this post is much better than the previous attempts. I’m glad you guys took the feedback to use just one or two font styles in these types of graphics. ;-)


Those look like some possible good numbers for Cupertino! I am amazed that the television systems continue to generate such good numbers. The web is my entertainment!

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