3:42 p.m.: The Consumer Electronics Assn., the organizers of CES, kicked off the annual technology convention Sunday afternoon with a discussion of technology trends to watch in 2013.
Among them: the growth of connected devices; the increasing importance of data; better screen resolutions for TVs, smartphones and tablets; and improvements in gesture and voice control.
Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the electronics association, also singled out the "post-smartphone era," in which 65% of mobile use is now for non-communication -- a swift change from just a few years ago, when talking on the phone was the main purpose of having a mobile phone. Now, smartphones and tablets are less communication devices and more hardware hubs for "peripheral services," he said.
"We're spending a bulk of our time on those devices doing other activities," DuBravac said. "The smartphone is literally becoming the viewfinder for your digital life."