CES: Soon There'll Be an App for Everything

January 5, 2011

The technology industry wants to bring you mobile apps that allow you to take control over everyday products and appliances all from your smartphone, from controlling your car to appliances in your home, analysts reported at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Tech companies are concentrating on how to create specialized mobile apps for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android that can do everything from changing television channels to locking or unlocking your car doors. For example, DEI Holdings Inc. created Viper SmartStart, which allows you to remotely lock and unlock your car via your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android.

Other specialized apps may soon tell you how much power an appliance is using and even allow you to remotely turn it on or off.

"It's going to get to a point where the hardware is worthless without the app," says Shawn DuBravac, a Consumer Electronics Association analyst.

Source: "Tech Show: More Manufacturers to Center Business Around Apps," Dow Jones Newswires (Jan. 4, 2011)