In 1977, Ken Olsen, the president and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, made the comment: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Although his company developed minicomputers, and he himself had a personal computer at home, his prediction about technology was short-sighted and ultimately wrong. Today, almost every home in the western world has more than one computer, and technology has exponentially advanced since then.
In 2014, advancements in technology will more than likely occur on a nano-scale, and will mostly involve refinements of previous innovations, which may or may not be noticed by most people. Here are a few technology predictions that will keep you awake at night:
The Internet of Things
It is predicted that 2014 will be the year that more and more partnerships among service providers, semiconductor vendors and IT vendors will be cemented to produce more intelligent devices that are connected and can be controlled over the internet. It is estimated that by 2030, every home will feature about 40 to 50 intelligent devices that can be operated using only a single device.
The need for internal and external hard drives could be coming to an end because of the increasing popularity of cloud storage solutions. There will be a growth in the number of cloud-dedicated data centres as people will get use to this new technology. Dropbox is an example of a cloud storage solution that has soared in popularity since its creation back in 2008. It offers a free solution for individuals who want to ensure that they can access their important files no matter where they are.
LED HD Displays
LED technology has been around for years, but further refinements to it have given rise to devices that are slimmer and lighter. Some of these LED devices are even slim and flexible enough to be worn by their users. The display technology has significantly advanced that it can now squeeze in more pixels per square inch, producing more stunning HD displays. For example, some of the very slim Kira series of laptops from Toshiba feature 2560×1440 HD displays, even if they only have 13.3 inch screens. The Kira series and other similar laptops are quietly revolutionising the world of the lightweight computer.
With the rising demand for tablets, more and more manufacturers such as Aldi, Tesco and Argos will produce affordable tablets that might be able to match the performance of those that are manufactured by Apple, Google, Sony and Samsung. More and more tablets that are less than £100 will be produced, encouraging those who would not normally buy a laptop to perhaps purchase a tablet of their own.
PCs and Laptops
Although tablet sales have risen, there will still be a constant demand for PCs and laptops. Most techies still prefer to use traditional computing devices for work purposes, but are demanding refinements in their form and internal components. New laptop models, and in particular ultrabooks, are coming out with high specifications, yet are very thin and lightweight, offering both great performance and longer battery life.
2014 is going to be a year of refinements and we will inevitably see the technology that we know and love further improved upon, with new features and better specifications added.