International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

January/February 2014


Connected 24/7

Smarter and smaller devices help us monitor every aspect of our lives

The 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), held on 7-10 January 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, lived up to its reputation, showcasing not only products that have just reached the marketplace, but also a wide range of technological innovations that may bring fundamental changes in our lives in the not so distant future.


Connected wearables were trending big this year. Smart bands monitoring your sleep, steps or heart beats; a smart collar to check your dog’s activity, rest and respiration rate; a designer bracelet letting you know when your skin has had enough exposure to the sun; a connected pillbox to help you take your medication at the right moment, are just a few of the innovative devices that were presented at CES.


Apart from wearables, this issue of e-tech focuses on recent developments in high-performance audio, UHDTV (ultra-high definition TV), the Internet of Things and home automation. It also includes the technology forecast of Shawn DuBravac, Chief Analyst and Director of Research of CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), which organizes the yearly International CES.


Also featured are MEMS, these tiny electromechanical systems that are now an indispensable component of any piece of electronic equipment, from smart phones, to tablets, to wearable devices, cars, aeronautics and much more.


The IEC, through several of its Technical Committees, has worked to prepare International Standards that lay out safety and performance requirements for those technologies.



  • This smartwatch keeps you connected to your phone via Bluetooth and via its touchscreen, acts as a wireless dialer, allowing users to handle calls directly from their wrist (Photo: My Kronoz)
  • The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock turns your iOS device into your own blood pressure monitor (Photo: iHealth)
  • Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech



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