eReaders and eBook Players
The year 2009 was witness to the rise and fall of technology and gadget trends. It was characterized by intensified video gaming blow outs, a new approach to mobile phone use and computer portability, and an endless quest to create better and more advanced gizmos.
As the New Year unfolds, video game expert and technology analyst Scott Steinberg unveils at Digitaltrends.com a sneak peek on the "what’s what" in technology for 2010.
1. The year 2010 may be the time for eReaders and eBook Players — digital tablets designed to simulate the customary reading-on-paper experience — to come into their own. Expected innovations in 2010 include selections powered by Android OS, more affordable models and full-color eReaders with touch screen and wireless 3G support.
2. Smartphones will continue to shine in 2010, but with added surprises. Android-run and Windows Mobile-powered smartphones will create an established market. Cell phones will likely be run by applications that offer more power and flexibility, allowing these devices to evolve and potentially replace laptops. Adapting to lifestyles, Smartphones will be must-haves in 2010, and Google’s Nexus One Smartphone is to watch out for.
3. The household names in television manufacturing are keen at beginning a new era of TV viewership. Shops filled with a display of cutting-edge three-dimensional TVs, as well as Blu-ray players that power 3D flicks, will be anything but extraordinary in 2010.
4. Affordable and portable Netbooks and Tablet PCs will never go away in 2010, all with curiously enhanced performance and design. These devices, however, may come head-to-head with increasingly popular Smartphones and touch screen tablet PCs which Apple is introducing soon.
5. Motion-sensing Video Games will gain more fanatics as they become better at encouraging social interaction. Notably, Microsoft’s Project Natal, a 3D camera that gets rid of gamepads, as well as Sony’s fresh motion-sensing stick will take video gaming to the next level, calling for more body movement and less controller tricks.
6. An era of wirelessly interconnected devices is dawning. Internet-ready HDTVs that are Wi-Fi enabled and come with online-equipped Blu-ray players will be prevalent, making multimedia enjoyment possible with a few single clicks, and at home.
7. In 2010, Cloud Computing applications, which are remotely processed by distant servers and retrieved over Internet connection, will allow workspace access from practically anywhere. With current solutions like Microsoft Office 2010, Google Docs or Zoho Suite, home and business users will find it easy to recover data on-demand and collaborate in real-time. Moreover, the Google Chrome OS, which is typified by Web-based applications, is making the future of cloud computing predictable.
Several reports and opinions also tackle an expected prevalence of the "green is black" concept in 2010. Essentially, this technology calls for energy efficiency by consuming less electricity or cutting carbon emissions. Besides promoting awareness, environment-friendly devices are increasingly becoming hot trends. As a result, manufacturers are embracing the green technology and using the concept as a selling point. This earth-saving trend, however, may not necessarily be sitting side by side with affordability.