The Consumer Electronics Association reports that its Index of Consumer Technology Expectations hit 89.6 in October, up almost 8 points from the prior month, and is at its highest point since December. The broader CEA Index of Consumer Expectations is also up this month. "Increases in consumer sentiment around technology are expressly higher, not just on a sequential basis, but also on a year-over-year basis, a good sign headed into the important fourth quarter and holiday selling season," said Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and director of research.
Entry-level GPS systems are expected to be a highly competitive market this holiday shopping season, particularly with new entries expected from market leaders TomTom and Garmin. "Judging from our sales and revenue, it's obvious that navigation has transitioned from a niche product to one with mass-market appeal," Garmin spokesman Ted Gartner said.
Touch-screen computing is designed to accommodate multiple users in high-traffic areas of the home, like the kitchen, according to this article. The TouchSmart personal computer from Hewlett-Packard features a tilting screen, high-definition television reception and a screen that responds to touch or keyboard commands.