Tech Predictions for 2012
Welcome and Happy New Year everyone. The New Year brings many things including reflection, renewal and the need to keep growing.
If you’ve been with us since the beginning and that was only 10 months ago, then you know or maybe don’t that we have come along quite well as Vancouver Gadgets. 2012 promises to bring more excitement in the world of technology and gadgets. If only we had our own time traveling Delorean so we could jump forward 12 months and look at the end of 2012, we would seem that much smarter in predictions for the coming year.
Predictions are a double-edged sword as they can be both dangerous and exciting at the same time. To be sure there are some trends that will emerge that will catch us by surprise and lead us to think well I didn’t see that one coming. What makes a new year exciting is that element of the unknown as well the knowledge that some of the old standby’s will still be around as well.
This recent article got me thinking about some trends for 2012. Now to be sure this is only one list but we have thought of a couple of our own based on our review and research of our own social media feeds and a variety of sites.
Social Media in 2012
This has been a buzzword for a few years now and we all know what it means or do we?
It’s also been called Web 2.0 among other things but it really comes down to using web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue. Does that make sense? Ok then consider this definition by Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein who call it “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.”
This is another article I read today and it made me think. Perhaps its time we started to deconstruct this great trend which came about a few years ago. I’m all for the KISS principle (Keep it Simple Stupid) and with so many acronyms floating around it bears a little demystifying doesn’t it? In short Social Media is about connecting and interacting. Pretty simple really. Companies and corporations want to use it to sell you products and you want to use it to connect with long lost friends and high school ex girlfriends.
Social Media isn’t going anywhere in 2012 but the rubber will have to hit the road eventually or will we see another repeat of the .com crash and Y2K bug flame-out that characterized the start of the new millennium.
The World is Flat?
We all know about previous debates about the world being flat but we aren’t talking about the earth in this case.
Flat screen TV’s and not smartphones will experience the most growth over the next few years. “Production will increase globally, up 1,063% from 2010, followed by tablets (750%), digital photo frames (600%) and ereaders (550%). The number of non-smartphones and smartphones is expected to increase by 17% and 194% worldwide, respectively.
Both digital photo frames and tablets outrank smartphones which may be as a result of so many of us already having a smartphone I’m not sure. I can’t see myself hauling around a flat screen wherever I go but who knows stranger things have happened. Who could have imagined a phone that does everything for you just a few short years ago.
Wired Beyond Belief
Global Internet traffic is expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2015, according to data provided to Mashable by Cisco. If that makes your jaw drop consider this stat as well. By that time, “nearly 3 billion people will be using the Internet — more than 40% of the world’s projected population.” On average, there will be more than two Internet connections for each person on Earth, driven by the proliferation of web-enabled mobile devices.
Device usage and numbers will also increase significantly over the next few years as there will be an average of 5.8 devices per person in North America, 5.4 in Japan and 4.4 in western Europe.
So there are a few thoughts to get 2012 under way. Keep your eyes peeled to us and to the online world. If 2011 showed us anything, things aren’t going to be dull or boring.