The consumer electronics industry is the professional industry involved in creating various electronic devices for use in homes and intended for general consumer consumption, rather than for use in other industries or by various professionals. This industry is responsible for making a wide range of electronics, including kitchen appliances, home entertainment equipment, and computer devices for use in the home. As technology has improved, the line between consumer products and professional products has blurred, though professional products are often more expensive or specialized. The consumer electronics industry is also typically involved in telecommunication devices such as wireless phones and portable communication devices.
There is a wide range of products produced by the consumer electronics industry, and these products can be found in just about any room in a person’s home. Kitchens often have a wide range of devices and products that are consumer electronics. These include everything from digital ovens that can provide greater control over internal temperatures with various options for easier control, to coffee makers and microwave ovens. Dishwashers and washing machines and dryers for clothing are also part of the consumer electronics industry, and these devices are often intended to appeal to homeowners and public consumers.
One of the largest aspects of the consumer electronics industry is home entertainment, and most of the devices found in a person’s living room or television room are part of this industry. Televisions and stereo systems, including speaker systems that provide surround sound or other home theater options, are all part of this industry. Video game consoles, disc players, and cable and satellite receivers are all produced by this industry, as are digital video recorders for television. Even lamps and home telephones are produced by the consumer electronics industry, often with an eye toward developing improvements to make home functionality easier and more versatile.
Outside the home, there are also many products made within the consumer electronics industry for the general public. While wireless and mobile telephones have often been designed with a number of practical applications for the business world, as more and more private consumers have begun using these phones, they have broadened their appeal to a larger consumer base. Computers are also a major part of the consumer electronics industry, including both desktop computers for general home use and laptops that can be used in or out of the home. A great deal of technology is also developed initially for professional use, but is then redesigned or rebranded to be more appealing to the general public as well.