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2012 CES Show Highlights

Dated: 23 Jan 2012
Posted by Cameron Mehin
Category: Technology

As another year kicks off, VMI made their annual trek to the 2012 International CES show in Vegas to check out the best enabling technology trends, innovations and ideas from this year’s show. We elbowed people out of the way (or at least we wanted to, given this shows record attendance) so we could get the big WOWs from innovative companies and visionaries.

This year, we saw a great collection of technology, ranging from wireless data transfer that will blow WiFi-N out of the water, virtual 3D image creation tools and enough app controlled devices to manage your entire life from the palm of your hand.

Some of the areas we highlighted this year:

  • Human-Machine Interface
  • Internet Based Services
  • Gaming
  • Televisions
  • 3D Printing
  • Automotive

Click Here to View VMI’s 2012 CES Show Top Picks and Highlights

There were several companies that did not make this year’s highlights paper. Unfortunately, we had to draw a line! Although excellent, such innovations included FLIR’s use of WiFi-iPads for displaying and emailing $50+K HD thermal camera images and diagnostic information, and glasses-free Panasonic 3D displays. As we said, this year there were tremendous innovations. Blog- or call us, and we’d be happy to talk details.

Please submit your comments and thoughts below. What are your favorites? Where can these innovations be applied? What’s a disruptor in your world?  Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

Systems Thinking

Dated: 9 Jan 2012
Posted by JSingh
Category: International

By Erik Goelz and Jonathan Singh

As 2012 begins, the European debt crisis continues to captivate the attention of all observers and our clients. And with good reason – a recession in Europe could trigger another global economic slowdown. No sustainable solution has been reached for the troubles of the Eurozone and few believe that one will be reached anytime soon. While VMI does not believe that the Eurozone’s troubles can be ignored, there are interesting strategic trends which are playing out in other parts of the world. In particular, Asia and the Pacific Ocean rim promise to raise interesting strategic trends in 2012. The interplay between China, Japan, the United States, both Koreas, and other players as they purse their goals will be a focus for VMI in the coming year.

Perhaps it would be helpful to explore how our analysts at VMI think about international relations. Our perspective is based on systems thinking, which focuses on the interplay between different countries. While in-depth knowledge of an individual country is important remember that no country exists in isolation. As they pursue their goals and prepare for threats, each nation both influences and is influenced by the actions of other actors and interests. This interplay between different countries is the focus of systems thinking. It is also crucial to think pragmatically about the structural factors each nation is endowed with – its geography, demographics, resources, history, economic conditions, and political structure. Structural factors provide an accurate picture of a country as they are less likely to change significantly over the short term. They also explain behavior which might appear illogical or random when viewed from the outside. This accurate picture of a country then allows it to be placed within the international system so that the why of its actions, goals, and threats can be better understood.

In our next post we will explore the interplay between nations in Asia and how this influences the international system. Look for more analysis from VMI throughout the year on systems thinking and its application around the world.