We offer a brief overview of the consumer electronics trends that will have the biggest impact on consumer behavior in the near-term.

This year, consumer electronics tell a story of connectivity, data, security, privacy, access vs. ownership, changes in media consumption, and the emerging on-demand economy. The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of every conversation as so many consumer electronics technologies are purpose-built to help us live more connected lives. In this report we'll look at how processing power will impact consumer experiences, take a trip to the future of manufacturing, spend some time learning about virtual reality, wearables, connected health and wellness, sports and fitness, and much, much more.


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billion people connected to the Internet in 2020


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Moore's Law

“The number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.”

This isn’t accurate. It’s more like one year, and the rate of change is accelerating. However, it does speak to the idea of exponential growth.

Metcalfe's Law

“The value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2).”

While the math here is also debatable, it is very obvious that the value of a network increases with the addition of each additional user. The only question is...by how much?

The Law of Accelerating Returns

“The rate of change in a wide variety of evolutionary systems tends to increase exponentially.”

This is the least obvious of the three laws, but understanding the exponential rate of technological progress is critical to understanding how consumer behavior is likely to evolve.

What does this all mean to you?

Today is the slowest rate of technological change you will ever experience in your life. The more people are connected, the more powerful the network becomes.

So let’s get started. Select the section you're interested in below and we’ll dive into the Shelly Palmer 2015 Consumer Electronics Trend Report.


Smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs

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Media Consumption

Viewing habits

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Internet of Things

Smart Home, connected cars, and the data economy

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Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and clothing

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3D Printing

3D printers, scanners, and software

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The On Demand Economy

What's next?

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