Technology Trends Dominating 2014

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Here is a nice article about techonolgies domination in 2014. A forbes contributor share his thoughts. It nice to know what is going around when we have even WiFi washing machines now by Samsung. Check this out 

Late last year, I made some predictions where for I saw technology going in 2014. If you missed the post, you can find it here: The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014.

Covering everything from smart technology glasses, watches and TVs in particular to the emergence of natural language search, to trends in gaming, the article contained some hits and some misses. In this article, well take a look at the predictions I made, and assess how those predictions have turned out so far.

1. Consumers will come to expect Smart TV capabilities

In my original post, I speculated that we may see the launch of Apples much-anticipated iTV as early as summer 2014. Although there has been no official word from Apple on this product, many experts believe its only a matter of time before Apple makes the move into the Smart TV market.

In an interview with his biographer, Steve Jobs was quoted as saying he finally cracked the code for breaking into the TV market; and this is perhaps where rumors of the so-called iTV originated. He said, Id like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. It will have the simplest use interface you could imagine.

Many are now speculating, however, that this new product will be a seriously upgraded version of Apple TV, rather than a stand-alone smart TV. In fact, when biographer Walter Isaacson was asked (after Jobs passing) how close Apple was to developing a smart TV, he replied, They werent close at all. He told me it was very theoretical. These were theoretical things they were thinking about in the future.

In any case, smart TVs continue to dominate the marketplace. According to recent research by Parks Associates, smart TV sales show no sign of slowing down; in fact, according to the report, over 1/3 of American broadband households now own a smart TV, and nearly two-thirds of people shopping for a flat-panel TV in 2014 are purchasing smart.  They also found that among smart TV sales, Samsung is leading the pack.

2. Smart watches will become smarter

The concept of smart watches still appears to be one on which people are highly divided. According to research by News Republic, consumers worldwide appear to be split evenly when it comes to the desire to wear one (although respondents from Spain came in highest with 7 out of every 10 being pro-smart watch).

Earlier this year, Google got in on the smart watch game by announcing its foray into wearable technology, which theyve named Android Wear. The software, a completely mobile version of Androids operating system, will be incorporated into smart watches which will be offered by various big brands.

The watches (which are currently only available to the public by pre-order) will allow users access via voice control (OK Google), along with all the features youd expect, like email and text. Health and fitness features are also incorporated; these will be particularly useful for watches with built-in pedometers and heart rate monitors.

Apple is also rumored to be on the brink of announcing its iWatch, a smart watch which will run iOS and facilitate phone calls, email, Internet browsing, and texting. Rumors are that it will also be voice-controlled, and may be announced in early September 2014.


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