2011 tech trends: Smart TVs, tablet mania

17 Jan 2011
Smart TV experience gets real
We expect a large number of TV, digital set-top box and other consumer electronics companies to enter the Smart TV market. By the end of 2011, these companies should be able to gauge the consumer acceptance of Smart TV.

Tablet mania, hybridization
Tablet computing, in a multitude of form factors and operating systems, will inundate the market. We expect to also see new hybrid devices that provide a combination of the best of netbooks with the best of tablets.
Strong laptop sales
Laptops sales will continue to grow strongly due to a variety of new HD and graphics-related features for consumers including wireless display to beam content to TVs. Enterprise refresh cycles and an improving economy will also support strong laptop sales.

PCs, smart devices gain senses
Consumers are bound to fall in love with the first wave of context aware or perceptual computers that leverage hard and soft sensor technologies. For example, a mobile device called the Personal Vacation Assistant uses context-aware computing technologies to help get the most out of travel experience.
The portable device uses “hard sensors” – cameras that recognize objects and GPS-based information – and “soft sensors” – information that travelers input into the device such as calendar and cuisine preferences – to make on-the-spot recommendations for sights to see, places to eat and more.

Moore’s Law thrives
New innovations and manufacturing techniques will continue to defy the skeptics who say Moore’s Law is dead. This means that in the coming years, as billions of new devices acquire computing capability and internet connectivity, they will be substantially higher performing with more features embedded in silicon, while also dramatically cutting power consumption and extending battery life.


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