THE BUSINESS POST in Ireland offers several leading thoughts about technology on the near horizon that I am bringing into our creative multimedia programme. You can click on the image to see a video that explains more details.
I'm posting these trends forward by five years to see how accurate Dick O'Brien's prognostications are.
-- When everyone pays for views.
The Irish Minister for Communications plans to have everyone pay an annual charge to fund public service broadcasting, not just TV owners. Research shows people don't watch replays on their TVs. Instead, most (69%) use laptops to catch up on TV shows. I wonder if it wouldn't be simpler to tag on a public service data fee to everybody who pays for data on their mobile phones or landlines.
-- Microsoft Surface RT is a good fit for MS-Office users.
Adrian Weckler's review also points out "the Surface is one of the few tablets with a proper USB port" although it lacks the wide range of apps found on Android or iOS tablets.
-- Sony sets new camera phone standard.
Although nothing comes close to the Nokia 808 PureView for camera phone excellence, Sony's Xperia Z packs "an astonishingly good 13-megapixel camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, full HD video capture, 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM." Like Adrian Weckler, I also go for big screens so the Xperia Z's 5" screen is built for me.
-- Tech of the future as seen by Dick O'Brien.
I teach a third level module on emerging trends so I found his thoughts on what might lie ahead to be instructive.
--- Wearable devices like Google Glass.
--- Teleworking, even though Yahoo! is rowing back on it.
--- OLED displays, especially flexible ones.
--- Wireless power like the Nokia 920.
--- 3D printing for localized, on-demand manufacturing .
--- Big data. Make mine Open Big Data.
--- Nanotechnology like smart dust.
--- Cloud computing like the service peering this blog post.
--- HTML5 and the evolution of mobile platforms.
--- 4G and 100 megabits per second over the air.