As par usual, the fall of 2014 promises new releases from varied smart phone/device companies.In recent years many other contenders have entered the fold all seeking to capture or recapture the hearts & minds of tech consumer. Apple,one of the initial players on this forefront had been seen as trading innovation for maintaining comfortable and minor gains in its products.Small upgrades here and there pretty much.However if rumors be true,the proverbial eggs are about to be broken to make that omelette.Again.
The iphone 6 is reported to have a 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen, sapphire display and a host of other rumored next generation functions. Im sure this will be a welcome addition as the phablet trend continues to pick up steam.Also it can be difficult to play Clash of Clans on a 4 inch screen.Who wants to squint? The I Watch,also slated for release,is diving into wearables as well as apple wallet and apple home automation giving us a glance into the Internet Of Everything ecosystem being laid down.Tablet and macbook upgrades also bringing up the rear and integrating into entire process.Seems to be a lot going on this fall.Time to get those blankets and chairs ready;the line will be around the block.
As i recall,the early ninties saw a sincere but unsuccessful attempt at virtual reality.Its reincarnation, aptly named, Immersion technology seeks to restart from a fresh vantage point.Utilizing stereoscopic vision, head tracking, and motion/gesture controls, the user is literally placed in a 3D virtual space. Looking in any direction is rewarded by the environment reacting to you…the user.This is not your dad’s VR.This new resource will create endless applications for movies, gaming, military, even reinventing online social interactions.Recent systems slated for release are Oculus Rift, Morphius Project and Samsung Gear VR, all part of the ever expanding wearables market.Where this leads is anyone’s guess but I am happy enough to be along for the ride.
Autonomous systems,Artificial intelligence,Cognizant computing,many names,new ideas. One of numerous emerging genres of technology that will continue to alter the landscape over the next decade. The onset of this new trend however have not been without feelings of trepidation. Many still remember the trilogy of Terminator movies. An ominious warning of the result of hyper advanced technology left unsupervised and gone awry. This quasi phobia still persists unfortunatly,Arnold Swarzeneggers metallic face still etched into our memories. However this unfounded fear need not make us adversarial when it comes to robotics or artificial intelligence. I believe our experience will be one of mutual growth and a co-operation. Collective human intelligence will push the machines and they in turn will advance us. We will ascend new heights but together.Self driving cars,virtual assistants,Watson,D-wave,this is the early days as we lay the foundation. We will be better than we’ve ever been .
With digital privacy being a phrase on everyone’s lips, being anonymous in an age of hyper-connectivity seems to be an effort almost in vain.By 2020 billions of connected smart devices will create personal mesh networks bringing in this Internet of Things.Always augmented-always on.24/7 stream of data or big data as they say.We will have to establish our digital comfort zone and seek balance in regards to privacy.Keeping our footprint to a manageable level will be imperative.
As a branch of wearable computing, smartglasses are looking to be making their debut over the span of the next year.Commonly referred to as Augmented Reality,this visual user interface promises to place contextual information in your field of vision.As opposed to using standard LCD screens on laptops or touch devices.The benefits,in theory,would be a more integrated and richer experience.The internet no longer being some abstract space but rather a living entity interacting with everyday 3-d space.Enter Internet of Everything or Web 3.0 and all of its glory
Saddle up boys and girls,its gonna be a wild ride.
For a good list of products being released click here: http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/30/which-smart-glasses-will-be-right-for-you/
In the many exploding genres of expotentially developing technology,wearable computing will become the next iteration of the user interface.Next generation materials will over time allow the molding and integration of the touch display to ourselves.The gap between human and machine growing incrementally smaller. Even though we are in the Wright Brothers stage of things,this fall should see the first flight of smartwatch devices.Apple,Google,Microsoft,Samsung and a Kickstarter/Indigogo startups will be the initial players.
I am excited.The Internet of Things slowly becomes a reality.Paradigm Shift.