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The future of consumer electronics and the media

Kathleen Held  Sr. Project Manager and Producer, Thomson Reuters Labs

Kathleen Held  Sr. Project Manager and Producer, Thomson Reuters Labs

Consumer electronics are changing at a fast pace toward integration of the screen and social TV in customers’ every day – work and personal – lives. Knowledge workers – professionals who rely on information every day – communicate daily with colleagues and clients around the globe. They use tools to engage, capture, communicate and wow their customers. In this first installment in the Thomson Reuters Knowledge Worker Innovation series, experts explore the future of the screen in the workplace and the evolution of social TV.

Last month, an expert panel, moderated by our CIO Jane Moran, led a discussion with customers and start ups on topics ranging from technology innovation in the TV industry to collaboration and communication tools in the workplace.

The panelists were Dr. Marie-José Montpetit, an internationally recognized and award winning innovator in social TV, video and wireless; Henry Holtzman, the chief knowledge officer of the MIT Media Lab; and Carlton Sparrell, vice president, Product Development at Oblong Industries, a start-up located in Boston’s Innovation District.

Key themes discussed were:

  • Collaboration in the workplace through the screen should be about creating a seamless environment through the device to make engaging for common understanding
  • Due to the high pace of change of consumer electronics, it’s easier to adopt consumer-led thinking into your organization rather than retro fit something
  • Social TV is not about texting during a show, it is about creating and deepening communities around the content
  • Innovation in media technology is being driven by youth at startups and in universities who perceive friction in access, and from consumer electronic companies who want to sell more products
  • The evolution of TV, previously hampered by closed systems, is beginning to open up with linked content through a variety of screens
  • Cloud computing and storage plays a critical part in the innovation of shared content

The Thomson Reuters Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, a program held in Boston’s Innovation District, brings together customers, start ups and thought leaders. Inspired by innovators and entrepreneurs, the series features thought leaders from industry and academia to discuss, dissect and explore technology topics and trends.

We deliver critical information to leading decision makers around the world by combining industry expertise with innovative technology. This series of discussions helps us stay on top of and share the ideas that shape our approach to making information intelligent and delivering it to the businesses and professionals who depend on it.


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Visit Innovation @ ThomsonReuters.com to learn more about how we are pairing technology with human expertise and how you can get involved.


About the series

The Thomson Reuters Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, a program held in Boston’s Innovation District, brings together customers, start ups and thought leaders. Inspired by innovators and entrepreneurs, the series features thought leaders from industry and academia to discuss, dissect and explore technology topics and trends.

We deliver critical information to leading decision makers around the world by combining industry expertise with innovative technology. This series of discussions helps us stay on top of and share the ideas that shape our approach to making information intelligent and delivering it to the businesses and professionals who depend on it.

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