LAS VEGAS--Energy-saving household systems and solar cells were among environmentally friendly products that took center stage at the International Consumer Electronics Show held here from Jan. 10-13.
The "green" displays were in sharp contrast to past exhibits at the annual event, in which digital household electronics appliances, such as television sets, had been the mainstays.
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba Corp. displayed its Life Design Box, equipment to manage household electricity consumption. Toshiba plans to make the system the centerpiece of a Smart Home business it is planning to start in the United States later this year. The total home energy management system shows electricity consumption or automatically controls it by connecting the system with electronics appliances at home. Toshiba plans to achieve sales of 10 billion yen ($130 million) in fiscal 2015.
Another Japanese electronics giant, Panasonic Corp., introduced not only solar cells and storage batteries, but also an exhibit on the Smart Town project that is now being implemented by the firm in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo.
Meanwhile, attendees were able to check out a next-generation energy-saving home displayed by a U.S. company in a corner of the convention center.
The firm exhibited energy-saving devices and systems of various companies in the house. For example, the house features heat-insulating materials for outer walls and the roof. A charging system for electric vehicles was installed outside the house.
It also featured light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and energy-saving household appliances.
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