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Posted by Dan Swinhoe Company IDG Connect12/21/2012
Gizmos, gadgets, thingies and whatsits. As long as it
beeps and lights up, people want it. This Christmas the number of
tablets people receive will be equalled only by the number of Brussels
sprouts left on plates, but what's going to be the big thing in 2013? Flexible & Wearable Phones/Augmented Reality Whatever
happens, mobile stuff will be big next year. But aside from the usual
millions of smartphones, things might be getting all futuristic. Samsung
are reported to be working on ‘Project J',
involving indestructible and invincible screens, and competitors are
rumoured to be working on similar ideas. Advancement in technologies
such as Graphene mean in theory this is possible, but the jury is still
out on whether this will actually be a reality before next Christmas.
Meanwhile Juniper estimates wearable devices like Google Glass will be worth up to $1.5 billion by 2014. Right now the market is extremely pricey - a pair of hi-tech ski goggles
with built in HUD display, for example, would set you back a cool $800.
It's only a matter of time before they become cheaper. Microsoft is
vying to get in on augmented reality glasses and a Japanese company
has created an interactive train window. 2013 could be the year this
tech moves away from a funny app on the phone to a viable, everyday occurrence. Crowdsourcing Whether it's Instagram projectors, e-ink watches, ambitious computer games or just precision-machined dice,
crowd-funding is big news. The concept is easy; come up with an idea,
ask for money, and the money is only collected once you've met your
target. It's successful too; last year Kickstarter raised $100 million.
Got an idea? Have a go - you could find it's a winner. Next Gen Consoles Whether you're rooting for
Mario, Master Chief, or Solid Snake, 2013 might have something in store
for you. Nintendo's Wii U will be on this year's Xmas and next year's
birthday wish list of every youngster in the land, while the kids and
students who never grew up will be waiting impatiently for the Xbox 720 and PS4
praying to the great 1UP Mushroom in the sky that they keep motion
sensors as far away from their gaming experience as possible.
A spanner in the works however, could be Valve. The Half-Life
creators say they are planning to bring their Steam platform to a new console-killing device
in your lounge sometime next year. Normally such threats would be
laughed off, but don't rule them out of becoming a major player. Robots Robots have always been, and always will
be, incredibly cool. I don't know if it's just me, but there seems to be
more and more people building seriously impressive ones lately. Whether
it's giant four-ton mechs (sit-in or remote-controlled) real-life transformers or ones to possibly help with the Fukushima clean-up, robots are coming. Good job Cambridge University has set up a research centre to assess the threat of artificial intelligence then. You know, just case robots enslave humanity. More Apple New iPhone? Almost certainly. New
iPad? Yep. Apple TV? Who knows. Whatever products get released bearing
that little fruity symbol, expect them to sell millions. People just
can't get enough burnished chrome. Their stocks may have looked a little
shaky recently, but 2013 will probably see Tim Cook's company amass
enough cash to buy the moon. And then patent it.