Officials of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unveiled a glimpse of the electronic future on Monday at a CEA industry forum at which it was predicted that 99% of consumer electronic devices will be connected wirelessly to the Internet or to other devices and information pools within a decade. Citing CEA figures that 171 million connected devices sold last year “leveraged some type of spectrum,” CEA research director Shawn DuBravac told forum participants that, ten years from now, “we’re going to look back at that number and say, ‘look how small that was.’” That connectivity, added CEA senior vice president Jason Oxman, will extend beyond traditional electronics devices, such as Blu-Ray players, digital televisions and smart phones, to products such as dog collars, heart sensors, pill bottles and automobiles. The heart of connectivity in the years to come will be in “cloud” technologies that enable consumers to shift storage of data and applications from their electronic devices to the Internet. As a result, DuBravac said there will be a shift in emphasis from download speeds to upload speeds “and how fast we can move content up into the cloud and then pull it back down.” Roger Cheng, a senior writer for CNET, cautioned, however, that cloud-based services remain in their infancy and that wireless networks are not yet “mature enough” to handle the full potential that cloud services have to offer. Oxman, meanwhile, declared that the emergence of cloud-based services highlights the “looming spectrum crisis” faced by the wireless industry as he reiterated CEA’s position that expanded access to scarce spectrum resources is required by the wireless industry to meet future demand