screens in our bed will be the future

Brian David Johnson, director of Future Casting at Intel Corp. made a few very interesting predictions for upcoming developments in technology.

I picked his main statements here, click the link below to read his full article.

1. It’s All About Screen, Screens, Screens

This is an easy one. For the last five years or so we have seen the emergence of the screen. We have thinner and thinner laptops, smarter and smarter phones and TVs, more connected PCs, and super cool tablets. And now all of these devices can also be connected to the InternetInternet. Because of all of these devices and gadgets, consumers are beginning to simply see all of our devices as just screens. It’s not about what device will win over all the other devices; it’s about the device and screen that you have handy — it’s the screen that best fits what we want to do and where we are.

2. The Next Computing Environment: The Bed

With the evolution of the smartphone into a powerful and personal computing device, we have become comfortable with the smartphone as a computing device that we carry in our pockets. You can also see tablets as mobile computing devices that people are growing comfortable with carrying in their handbags and backpacks. In fact, the tablet form factor is beginning to boldly go where few computers have comfortably and intuitively gone before — the bed.

Some of you might find this shocking, while others may find it laughable, but it’s true. Our ethnographers and social scientists have begun to see an interesting habit emerging: the mobile computing device you take to bed. Let’s face it, tablets really are a great way to watch TV in bed or play games and not disturb the person sleeping next to you.

3. Cars: The Mobile Device That Carries You

Now that people are comfortable with connected devices they can take to bed and mobile devices they can carry with them, in 2011 we’ll see the continued growth of the car as a mobile device that carries you. Cars will only get smarter, more connected, easier to use and just generally much more awesome, as computational devices make our days easier and our rides to work or the supermarket more safe.

4. People Will Still Love TV

Well, people don’t just love TV. They love TV, movies, games, books, comics, apps and music. Everything that’s old is new again. These traditional forms of entertainment aren’t going anywhere. They are one of the main reasons we buy all these new zippy connected devices. And the main reason they won’t be going anywhere is because we all love them and we don’t want them to go away.

Now certainly 2011 will see the continued evolution of how entertainment is delivered and paid for, but with all of this talk of change and innovation, we should remember that it’s really all about us — the consumers — and what we love. Regardless of what changes in 2011, the things we really love aren’t going anywhere.


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