CES Las Vegas: Trends for 2013, smartphones and BIG data
I've had 24 hours in Las Vegas, managed to get over the jet lag, walked what seems like miles up and down the strip, had the fluorescent lights burning holes into my contact lenses and my stomach has been lined with traditional American grub.
And CES doesn't even start until Tuesday.
Having been invited to pre-CES press events, which included the usual star-gazing ritual of dictating the next year's trends, I was given an insight in what we should expect in 2013.
So what am I to expect, besides going home a broken woman, with all money lost to the Roulette table at the Excalibur Hotel?
Two predictions that sparked my interest was how we will continue to use our smartphones more and more (well, duh!) but more interestingly, how the device will analyse the intense amount of data captured on a day-to-day basis.
1. The post-smartphone era
Jobs spoke of a post-PC era when the iPhone was launched, but Shawn Dubravac from the Consumer Electronics Association, believes we are moving into a post-smartphone era where we are moving away from communication being the primary purpose of our mobiles. This is so-much-so that data-only packages are beginning to become available in places like Korea.
He told us that 65% of our mobile use is now non-communication related, and we will continue to use our devices as "hubs" for other functions such as checking your blood pressure and changing the channel on your TV.
2. An age of algorithms
Keeping with the idea of using your smartphone as an extension into your non-digital life, Dubravac continued to explain how we are starting to capture information into our devices in a digital way, such as monitoring your weight and noting it down into a fitness app on your phone. We should expect to see these streams of diverse data intermixing with each other to offer suggestions to how we live our lives.
Scary or clever?
He came back to the blood pressure monitoring example; this data could then be overlapped with information from your calendar and location via GPS. Your "hub" device, could then analyse your blood pressure at different points and locations, suggesting that you might be quite stressed in a particular meeting, or on your morning commute. Now, if like me, you're quite aware that the tube makes your skin crawl and your weekly 9am Monday morning meetings complete wreck your week's planning, but it could be broken down even further.
Your device would analyse trends, so for instance it might notice a slight change if you leave the office fifteen minutes later one day, and then suggest it might be better for your health if you do so regularly, because the commute is not quite as stressful.
Computer says, "Jump!"
You ask, "How high?"
No predictions on how many hybrid tablets will be sold in 2013, but I feel this is much more interesting in the way our lives might change because of the tech that we buy.
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