We are going to start the New Year off with 5 slightly outrageous predictions that have a good chance of being realized as we are following some of the major trends in Internet and Technology.
Without Further Ado - 5 not so outrageous Predictions for 2009
5 - Apple makes a Mainstream Multitouch Computer that bridges the gap between iPhone and Laptop.
We can see this one coming miles away. With the announcement last year of Microsoft Surface, which is a touchscreen coffee table and all quiet on Apples Front, it is the logical next step for Apple to take their iPhone magic a step bigger. We envision either a laptop or portable tablet type thing that people will effectively be able to work on the go. Apple Tablet speculation comes and goes, but we think 2009 is the year that it breaks through.
4 - Virtual Reality will gain by leaps and bounds.
We may not have even realized it, but the Nintendo Wii is the first ever virtual reality application to go mainstream. Right now the functionality is limited to simulating swinging a tennis racket or light saber or perhaps correcting your yoga pose, but it is indicative of things to come. The motion sensing controllers were the first step and next was the Wii Fit which senses balance.
Now what we will be looking for in 2009 is a apparatus that can scale mainstream and completely measure all of your body movements and be affordable and non-obtrusive. One cool technology that caught our attention was the lightglove which has not quite got beyond the demo phase yet, but uses hookups to the body and measures movements via lightwaves it projects.
Another is the interactive mirror which seems a bit of a novelty at this point, but we can see the technology moving evolving into scanning full body movements for sake of VR simulation.
3. Social Bookmarking goes mainstream and becomes useful.
Well we all know about Delicious and friends and they seem to be good for what they are. The later half of 2008 brought us a sort of next-generation of Social Bookmarking where it allows the users to take it a step further and organize their bookmarking into niche targeted groupings and collaborate with the community.
This will continue further and deeper into 2009 with sites like Twine, YouBundle and Google Search Wiki attempting to cross the line between social bookmarking and search with that added layer of human expertise to ensure clarity in the quest for the ultimately targeted search result.
2. Twitter tries to become more like Facebook. Facebook tries to become more like Twitter.
I was talking to my non-techie friend the other day who has dabbled with Twitter and he told me that he uses Facebook like I Twitter and the difference is that he is updating all his friends, while I am updating all my colleagues. With Facebooks attempted purchase of Twitter for 500m in ghost stock in November, it is clear that the two companies are converging to a similar place.
Look for Twitter to add more social features and Facebook to further refine its update and friending system so that it can further blur the line between friend and colleague and access juicy B2B advertising revenues.
1. Google Releases a fully functional Operating System for the PC. Backhand Microsoft and stabs up Linux.
To get to our number #1 prediction for 2009, we simply have to examine what the tech world is missing. Its obvious to some. Windows is Broken, Mac’s are only for distinguished folks and Linux require that you are comfortable with command lines. Can you see the pain in the Market? Who is going to attack this pain other than the big Google ?
First Chrome, then Android and in 2009 we will see a Windows machine compatible PC release of Android (or whatever they will call it) This release will be so intelligent, free and Windows Driver compatible so it can be one-click installed over any existing Windows installation. It will have the magic of Linux, but not require a degree in CS in order to be able to constantly use.
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