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Tech Trends for 2012

Here we go again! Time to look at potential tech trends for the next year. While it has barely even snowed yet in Chicago nor really gotten that cold, it is definitely December.

This first set of tech trends comes from Jason Hiner at Tech Republic. He reported on the Gartner Group’s annual symposium where they revealed their list of the 10 most strategic tech trends of 2012. Drum roll, please:

  1. Media tablets and beyond – the era of Microsoft and PC domination coming to a close
  2. Mobile-centric applications and interfaces – building user interfaces for multiple screen sizes
  3. Contextual and social user experience – using information about an end user to improve the quality of the interaction with the device
  4. Internet of Things – objects acting as user of other systems
  5. App stores and marketplaces – a new term emerges: apptepreneurs
  6. Next-gen analytics – mobile devices being able to self-analyze for full optimization
  7. Big data – new and exotic technologies are required to manage the extreme volume of data created today
  8. In-memory computing – faster response time in analytical operations
  9. Extreme low-energy servers – new entrants to the server business proposing a radical way for future servers to work
  10. Cloud computing – cloud computing was very recently number one and now is number ten. This is significant that it is viewed as not living up to its hype.

Pete Cashmore, the editor of Mashable, shares his list of the Top 10 Technology Trends for 2012.
As he points out, “Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era.”

  1. Touch Computing – we’ll be using our mice less often and increasingly using desktop computers in similar ways to how we use tablets and smartphones.
  2. Social Gestures – ‘frictionless sharing’ – where with the click of a button you can share what you are doing from services like Spotify, to social networks (once you authorize it of course)
  3. NFC and Mobile Payments – with the success of the Square Payment dongle for iPhone, and NFC (Near Field Communication) in 2011, awareness of this technology will likely make it more popular in 2012…it’s not without a lot of security concerns…
  4. Beyond the iPad – the iPad costs $499′ the Kindle Fire is $199. There has been speculation that while the iPad is king today, it may lose the crown in 2012.
  5. TV everywhere – with the rise of the tablet, it’s easier to have ‘TV in your hand’ but the cable companies have ways to keep you tethered to subscriptions.
  6. Voice Control – thanks to the popularity of Siri and the iPhone 4S, voice recognition and voice search will show up on more devices.
  7. Spatial Gestures – personally, I was fascinated with the technology in the movie Minority Report and hope I see it in my lifetime. Microsoft Kinect is an example of using spatial gestures in current technology.
  8. Second-Screen Experiences – Cashmore says, “It refers to apps (mainly on the iPad) that listen to the audio output of your TV and display content related to the show or movie you’re watching.” An example from the music industry is Gracenote.
  9. Flexible Screens – Can you imagine a phone that rolls up in your pocket, or one that you can slip into your wallet like a dollar bill? Bendable interfaces will be seen more in 2012, though it’s likely to not be fully implemented for a number of years.
  10. HTML5 – this fifth version of HTML, could take the place of Flash on many mobile devices.

What are your predictions for 2012?

By the way, this blog post was written on an iPad using touch technology!

One Response to “Tech Trends for 2012”

  1. Max Anderson Says:

    Thank you for your comment! I was also a little surprised at the prediction of tv everywhere, especially when you can use services like Hulu+ to watch episodes of tv shows, or movies on an iPad or other tablet. However, not every show is available on the tablet, I was disappointed that certain shows HAD to be watched on a computer. When reading the fine print, it’s all about the contracts between Hulu+ and the company that produced the show or movie – hopefully they will realize they are ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ if they don’t make everything available on a mobile device. I know also I would prefer to be able to watch DVR’d shows/movies on a mobile device like an iPad – especially since I travel so much. You can do it apparently with Comcast, however they do not make it very easy.