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Dr. Robert E. Kahn accepting his award (photo courtesy CEA)
Yesterday I attended the "CES at the Hill" event. Today I am heading for the Digital Patriots dinner to honor leaders that contributed their efforts to the consumer electronics industry and to innovation, those are Sen. Tom A. Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Dr. Robert E. Kahn, chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), also known as the co-founder of the Internet TCP/IP protocol.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), explained the importance of innovation for this industry and for the country, a matter that is especially important to the current difficult situation of the country, which needs far more than economic restoration.


Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) accepting her award (photo courtesy CEA)
As Mr. Shapiro put it on a very original video booklet that was specially created for Congress, America is ready for a comeback, innovation is the engine of human progress, and great innovators have been the real drivers of American success, creating jobs, markets and new industries where none existed before.

The subject is fully covered on his book "The comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream", which he was signing to attendees of the CES at the Hill event yesterday.

I agree with Mr. Shapiro regarding the importance of innovation as a tool to help solve many current problems, not only important for the consumer electronics industry, but also for energy, health, education, environment, etc.

Innovation is a key driver on a free market economy, and government must foster it with timely actions and constant support, while letting the industry and the market evolve on their own with favorable trade policies and motivating competition.


Gary Shapiro - President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association – Signing his best seller book about innovation as a key ingredient for a comeback as a country.
Congress effectiveness and timeliness could also use some innovation in order for the innovations of the industry to be successful in an internal and in a global economy.

CES 2011 showed industry innovations from more than 2,700 exhibiting companies in over 1.6 million net square feet of exhibit space to launch an estimated 20,000 new products. 140 countries were represented by 149,000+ attendees, including 40,000+ top decision makers and senior level executives from entertainment, retail, education, engineering and financial services. That is what I call self-motivation in pursue for innovation and competitiveness.

While accepting his award Mr. Kohn informally suggested that Mr. Shapiro should run for Congress. Quite frankly, regardless if one would agree or not with some of his positions, such as the controversial broadcast spectrum reutilization plan of the FCC, Congress could use more proactive officials that understand the industry as he does.

I personally congratulated Mr. Shapiro for his efforts and for the successful event.  

Posted by Rodolfo La Maestra, May 13, 2011 6:30 PM

About Rodolfo La Maestra

Rodolfo La Maestra is the Senior Technical Director of UHDTV Magazine and HDTV Magazine and participated in the HDTV vision since the late 1980's. In the late 1990's, he began tracking and reviewing HDTV consumer equipment, and authored the annual HDTV Technology Review report, tutorials, and educative articles for HDTV Magazine, DVDetc and HDTVetc  magazines, Veritas et Visus Newsletter, Display Search, and served as technical consultant/editor for the "Reference Guide" and the "HDTV Glossary of Terms" for HDTVetc and HDTV Magazines.  In 2004, he began recording a weekly HDTV technology program for MD Cable television, which by 2006 reached the rating of second most viewed.

Rodolfo's background encompasses Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Audio and Video Electronics, with over 4,700 hours of professional training, a BS in Computer and Information Systems, and thirty+ professional and post-graduate certifications, some from MIT, American, and George Washington Universities.  Rodolfo was also Computer Science professor in five institutions between 1966-1973 in Argentina, regarding IBM, Burroughs, and Honeywell mainframe computers.  After 38 years of computer systems career, Rodolfo retired in 2003 as Chief of Systems Development from the Inter-American Development Bank directing sixty+ software-development computer professionals, supporting member countries in north/central/south America.

In parallel, from 1998 he helped the public with his other career of audio/video electronics, which started with hi-end audio in the early 60’s and merged with Home Theater video, multichannel audio
, HD, 3D and UHDTV. When HDTV started airing in November 1998, and later followed by 3DTV and 4K UHDTV, he realized that the technology as implemented would overwhelm consumers due to its complexity, and it certainly does even today, and launched his mission of educating and helping consumers understand the complexity, the challenge, and the beauty of the technology pursuing better sound and image, so the public learn to appreciate it not just as another television.