“Don’t Tase me, Bro.” is being heralded as the top quote of 2007. Who would have guessed that? Well, some tried to in early 2007. Predicting the future is not just a psychics’ job. Then again, we are not predicting – we are analyzing – Seeing trends in the last year to determine what is coming out next year.
I went through some of the predictions of 2007. Some were dead on. Social Networking and Apple devices seemed to top the list in this subject. Other predictions – well, not so much.
Now we are fast approaching 2008. There is a lot of technology that was debuted in 2007 and since they are still in their infant stages, we will see them ramp into tools that change the way we compute. 2007 was also a year of rethinking. Going Green is one of the ways we rethought things. We definitely had some good progress and will continue the trend.
So what is in store for 2008? I paneled my fellow techies at http://www.techpodcasts.com/ and we came up with some items to think about for this New Year. So let’s go through the list.
-The iPhone will have Newton ideals integrated providing PDA functionality and full web integration to calendars, to-do lists, and contacts as well as online documents.
-Claims of "real-time daylight satellite video for GPS” will be forecasted. This will be vaporware, of course – just like the Moler Flying Car.
-Alarm and Home monitoring companies offer more "high tech" total monitoring of your home and offer data storage packages and computer security monitoring as well.
-Norbert Davis: Totally Cool Tech Podcast – www.totallycooltech.com
I have a fellow tech friend that has a cam in his living room monitoring activity. He can remotely access it to make sure there are no problems. Web cams and home surveillance cams are at very low prices. Don’t be surprised if you hear a case of “He was spying on me through his/her webcam”.
-Apple will release a new mp3 player that also allows for GPS navigation called the iPod Micro.
-Steve Ballmer and Microsoft will begin a groundplan for a new operating system to sucede Microsoft Vista to be released to businesses in 2015.
-The Nintendo Wii will continue to sell-out like hotcakes. Nintendo will begin the process of manufacturing the console once again.
-Digg and Reddit will merge, much to Digg's dismay, and put copycats like Mixx and Newsvine out of business. How is that possible?
-Ethan Kwassman www.blogtalkradio.com/showdown
It was speculated that Apple didn’t put a lot of features in the iPhone because it would make the device too bulky. GPS navigation in phones can really put a run for GPS car navigation systems money. After all – Why have 2 devices that do the exact same thing?
The OS predecessor is definitely something being discussed. Microsoft has already stated they have a 4 year plan for new Operating Systems. So 2011 will most likely be the date.
-AppleTV will get more recognition and become popular as Apple adds more features
-Vista SP1 will do nothing to fix all the problems that currently plague the OS – Crushing the last bit of hope that Vista users had for the OS actually being any good.
-More people will turn to free open source programs like OpenOffice and Google Docs
-The RIAA will not be gone, but will be hanging on by a thin thread! (I asked Santa for this but I heard the RIAA makes large contributions to his workshop)
-Joe De Carlo www.technogab.com
Internet Apps have been a dream for a while. There has been some great advancement this last year. 2008 will definitely push the progress to a reality.
-Apple will come out with major updates to AppleTV making it worth that $299-$399 retail. New features will include HD support, BluRay or HD-DVD playback( maybe both!!!). Software updates for the AppleTV will include 1080p playback and support for other free IPTV providers like Joost!! This will launch an IPTV revolution. Say goodbye to overpriced TV providers.
-The iPhone will finally add Flash support either by Apple or a third party after the SDK is launched in February. This Flash support will allow developers to create some really cool web applications with Adobe's Flex developer environment.
-At CES this year TV manufactures will come out with a new HDTV format that will make everyone else's HDTV obsolete. Thereby alienating an entire group of customers that already bought 1080p TV's ( Just like with the previous formats – 720p> 1080i> 1080p). The new format will be 2160p Super Full HDTV!!!!
-Charles Booker – http://www.techcritiques.com
I say, the more TV options, the better. AppleTV should definitely do something about their product. It has the potential to be a powerhouse. I would hope the ATSC would step in to make sure we have a standard that is followed for the next 10-15 years.
-Social networking will continue to fracture and people will lose control over their content
-Individual rights will erode leaving criminals with any functionality in their devices
-Podcasting as a branch of mainstream media will settle into a bigger niche enhancing our space by proxy.
-Apple will continue to play the underdog card while stripping people of choice, while Microsoft will blunder into more poor choice trying to cater to everyone.
-Coffee prices will increase
-Caffination Paul Muller – www.caffination.com
It is sad when the price for a cup of coffee has to rise. Where’s Juan Valdez when you need him?
Here is Geekazines’ thoughts on 2008:
OLPC will have some growing pains. The first part of OLPC will be the easiest. Maintaining the machines will be the trick. Microsoft coming onboard will muddy the water, but they might be able to do things like offer a better support network to third world countries.
Internet Service will get faster. Support will get slower. Comcast expects 160gbps transfer by mid 2008. This will make the internet “blaze” and information pass through faster than you can blink an eye. However, it’s like I always say – “You only go as fast as your slowest connection.” Routers, Modems, computers are all possible bottlenecks. They may inhibit us to see the increase in speed. It will cause a lot of headaches and support lines may be flooded with “Why is my connection still slow?” calls.
Video demand will have to be addressed. Even with a faster internet, there is a lot of question whether some video sites can hold up to the cost of the bandwidth they are using. For a couple companies, it may be best to plan advancing the technologies in Video Streaming so their company can be “Sellable”. I don’t expect YouTube or MySpaceTV to go away. HOWEVER:
The first Programmed internet TV station will appear. I am surprised this hasn’t happened yet. Face it – some people don’t like to have to search for content to watch. They just like to turn on the TV and let it go. The problem with Online Video is that there is no structure. So why not take the content and program a schedule for streaming?
People will start to “Detach” from the Net in a way. With Smart phones, cars with Wi-Fi and other handy appliances, we will see users get away from the computers and do more in their devices – Download content and go.
City Wi-Fi will be re-evaluated and implemented. This idea had problems moving forward in 07. However with new devices requiring connection to a network, City Wi-Fi will be more of a demand than a desire.
Social Networking will be scrutinized. There’s a lot of people “Speaking their minds” right now. This can turn the internet into a wasteland quickly (if it hasn’t already). New sites pop up daily and some don’t stay current – even though their intention was to do so. The passing of personal data will always be a concern and some companies will compromise that data. CAPCHA2 will be implemented because of CAPCHA’s compromise.
Google and Yahoo will have to come to harsh realities. When you try to put your hands into too many pots, you find the soup doesn’t always taste that good. Google might have to take a step back on some of the products they are developing and focus on the items they excel in. Yahoo tried to already do that and they stepped back already. Yahoo will have to re-evaluate some of their practices or else people will make the move away.
Apple or PC? Home machines will definitely be a mixed environment. Unfortunately for the business market, they will most likely stick with what they have. To make a wide scale change to another system is too costly and could inhibit production. It doesn’t mean that Apple shouldn’t try. However, they will have to concern themselves with Directory structures and permissions.
SSD becomes affordable, Quad-core SSD machines will arrive. A laptop with a high performance desktop feel will have people salivating. 32 gig SSD cards might not cut it for some, but couple that with a 120 gig Hard drive and you will have a decent machine. Another possibility would be to develop SSD Raid; Four -32 gig drives become 128 gig. Power should still remain low, speed will increase and data recovery on laptops will be easy.
HD DVD vs Blu Ray. This fight will get old. No winner will fully emerge. Sorry.
Solar Power will be more affordable and introduced in different ways. In the last month alone, solar panels and Li-On batteries have advanced. Maybe next years’ laptops will have a solar panel on the cover? 20-30 hour laptops in dark rooms?
Unified Communications. This technology has already been implemented in some businesses, but not to this scale we will see in 08. People will expect to go to one appliance for all their information – email, voicemail and faxes. Smart phones can easily download a pdf – so why not have fax support on a Smart phone? Once 32 and 64 gig SSD chips integrate into the phones, we will be able to store a lot on the phone.
Green will grow. 2008 will see a decrease in energy consumption. I know there needs to be a lot do make that happen. But with faster, cooler and lower powered machines and development of things like solar energy; the Green movement will see reductions in some areas. As a whole, power consumption will still increase, but it won’t do so as fast.
The Office will change. With the last few predictions, one thing businesses will do to cut energy – and other costs – will be to let more people work from home offices.
Mars Asteroid on 1-08 might give insight into any future Earth collision. Further, we don’t know how the asteroid will affect Mars. Most likely it will move some ground around. What if it was to change Mars’ orbit pattern ever so slightly? There will be a lot of plans to get technology on the Red planet to monitor the changes that occur – if any changes occur at all.
There are many more technology predictions we could go into. However this will definitely keep your blood going. What are your predictions? Feel free to comment below, but "Please don't Tase me, bro".