An Annotated Bibliography on Future Trends in Consumer Electronics


            This annotated bibliography was compiled for the purpose of assisting in the research of future trends in consumer electronics. The bibliography has a compilation of a variety of secondary information sources such as scholarly journals, books and internet sources with information on the future transformations in the consumer electronic industry. A general selection criteria was employed in the search for resources, however; internet sources were given more preference, taking up five source slots because the latest information was more likely to be found online rather than in books or scholarly articles such as those in journals. The internet sources were also offered preference because a lot of the latest information on electronics first appears on the internet rather than the books or journals. Consumer electronics is one very dynamic field of commercial electronics production. There are very many improvements and changes in older versions of electronics, and each day new models are coming with older models getting obsolete and less marketable before they are out of stock. This is of great concern to consumer electronics manufacturers, who desire to understand the trends so that they can efficiently produce for the market without products being rendered out of date before the stock clears.

Annotated Bibliography List for Internet Sources

ElectronicResourceCenter (ERC), (2010), Get Ready for Digital Convergence: A primer on life in the twenty first century; retrieved on 20th November, 2010 from, EMC Paradigm Publishing.This internet resource offers insight into the future of convergence of various consumer electronic gadgets on to common platforms with enhanced interlinking and connections based on digital convergence. It explores how the digital process will enhance the convergence of future electronics into a one system that can deliver various services all incorporated into one unit, rather than in separate electronic gadgets. This resource is very useful because it will help the researcher to comprehend how the technologically converged future consumer electronics will operate.

Gibbons, H. J, (1991), Miniaturization Technologies, retrieved on 20th November, 2010 from article highlights the common trend where consumer electronics are becoming smaller and smaller in size by the day. It also explains the necessity, significance and importance of miniaturization which is now greatly preferred by consumers. This is depicted in electronic gadgets such as cell phones that are ever reducing in weight and size. The article explains the importance of miniaturization as well as how it can attained in consumer electronics. The article is important in expressing the part that miniaturization plays in designing of future consumer electronics as well as its significance and how it can be attained.

Mehrmann, J. (2010), Waste Management Recycling: WEEE and RoHS Environmental, retrieved on 20thNovember, 2010 from article greatly features aspects about electronics manufacture and compliance to environmental protection rules and regulations. The article offers insight on the compliance necessary in the future design, material choice and manufacture of consumer electronics as well as the future legal requirements on recycling of the waste from such electronics.

Naik, V. (2009), Consumer Driven Innovations and Future Trends Highlighted at CES Opening, retrieved on 20th November, 2010 from article highlights the role of the consumers in the design of future electronics. It shows that future trends and designs will be consumer based and thus determined by the end users of the product. The article is important because it portrays the shift in design of consumer electronics, which was initially done by producers only, but now the future trends will be determined by consumers.

VDE Institute, (2010), The Future at a Glance: January 7, 2010 marks the start: “Green” will also become obligatory for televisions, retrieved on 20th November, 2010 from This article highlights the future trends whereby electronics will be required to have low power consumption for the sake of environmental care purposes as well as energy efficiency for the greener future. It also highlights how this may be grounded on legislations that manufacturers of future consumer electronics have to comply with.  The article is important because it highlights the future design of low power consuming consumer electronics and how this may be a mandatory aspect in the future of electronics manufacture.


Annotated Bibliography List for Non-Internet Sources

Anonymous, (2000), InfoWorld is targeted to Senior IT professionals. Content is segmented into Channels and TopicCenters. InfoWorld also celebrates people, companies, and projects, Info World, Volume number 22 issue numbers 47. InfoWorld Media Group, Incorporation. This literary piece offer examples of showcased future designed products for the consumer markets that presented at the annual Comdex trade show. The presented items show the possible direction of the future trends in consumer electronics. The article is important because it shows what has already been realized as far as these trends can go.

Earnshaw, A. R. and Vince, A. J. (1999) Digital convergence: the information revolution, Springer Publishers.  This book highlights in an in-depth manner on how digital convergence will play a great role in influencing the future direction of the consumer products in terms of design and performance. The book proves beneficial to the research because it highlights how convergence will determine functionality and the direction of convergence.

Ireland, D. R., Hitt, A. M and Hoskisson, E.R. (2008), Competing for Advantage, 2nd edition Cengage Learning Publishers.This book mainly features the element of competition in the field of consumer electronics manufacture and how this is bound to affect the future trends of products as producers of future electronics try to out-compete in the manufacture of consumer electronics.

Tummala, R. R. (2001), Fundamentals of Microsystems packaging, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishers.  This book is essential in the research because it highlights the different technologies, their use in electronics and how they are bound to influence the future of consumer electronics. It is basically an overview of the various technologies involved in the making of the electronics. This is essential, because by understanding how these technologies work one can visualize the future trends of the products.

aslavsky, A. Xu, J. and Luryi, S. (2007).  Future trends in microelectronics: up the nano creek, Wiley-IEEE Publishers. This book highlights how the revolutionary design and manufacture of microprocessors will contribute to the future trends of design and manufacture of electronics. The books is important because it details how the process is supposed to start from the inner design and remodeling to the affect the outer shape, performance and appearance.