(Non-Tech) Sights: Day 2 at MWC2013

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(Non-Tech) Sights: Day 1 at MWC 2013

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Magnet Tablets: LUST

LUST: Fujitsu Iris Transparent Tablet


This concept tablet, designed by Liu-Wei, Yao Kai-Chi, Hong Ruei-Hong & Cheng Ya-Fang of Yanko Design, is a transparent touchpad with an OLED display.

Although not available commercially, it does give us a sexy peek into the future.

So why lust after it?

Well, it gives an experience that beats any you’ve ever had. Using wireless technology, it can charge, scan, translate, or navigate with just a point or a touch. It supports Augmented Reality (see photo) and a split screen for two users to use simultaneously.

While we wait for it to hit the market, a similar concept that has already been unveiled is a Transparent Samsung Notebook introduced at CES 2010.

Magnet Tablets: NEED

NEED: Military DACS Tablet


This portable DACS (Digital Army Computer System) was developed to support military command and control. Integrated with a GPS receiver and customized interface panel, the tablet is mounted on a wearable dock carried on the chest, enabling the soldier to pull it from the vehicle straight into his dock vest, with no loss of data. It’s mission is to provide the commander in the field a complete picture of the situation, including location, data intelligence, enemy spotting, and locating additional forces in the field, dramatically reducing the risk of friendly fire.

So what do we need this for?

Well we don’t, but the US and Israeli armies have integrated it into the field. With its modular architecture allowing integration of communications, networking, positional information (GPS) and data acquisition, it provides the required real-time situational awareness the fighting forces so dearly need. It’s ultra-rugged design permits soldiers to carry it through extreme conditions, including extreme temperatures and water. And it can supply almost nine hours of operation.

Magnet Tablets: WANT

We start the month of February with a new theme. Want, Need, Lust presents (in a series of 3 posts to make them shorter and easier to digest) products and services within specific domains via an axis of  desirability, ranking them and defining the strategy that gives them their lustre. Enjoy! And please feel free to add your own…

Our first series is the world of tablets, no doubt the rising star of the times. The tablet market doubled in size in 2012, led by Apple’s iPad. The tablet space, however, has triggered a fierce battle between countless manufacturers, resulting in surprisingly low prices and unprecedented sales. Here are a few that are outstanding in respect of the want, need, lust spectrum.

WANT: Google’s Nexus 7


Revealed on June 27, 2012, the first device using Android’s “Jelly Bean” operating system, the Nexus 7’s effect on the market was felt that same afternoon, prompting an 0.8% increase in Google’s shares. Labeled the “undisputed king of the hill”, estimates suggest that Google sold between 5 and 8 million units in just 6 months. With a myriad of accolades, including “Gadget of the Year”, it ranked among the most influential products of 2012.

So what is it about it that made such a bang?

Well, marketed heavily as an entertainment device, it facilitates multimedia consumption of e-books, television programs, films, games, and music. But most importantly, with a high-quality screen, quad-core processor (that’s super strong and very fast), built-in camera and multiple communication modes, the Nexus 7’s greatest feature is its price point: a mere US$199.

Au Revoir

Well, how many of you noticed the date today? 31.1.13 ! Nice,huh? And how fitting for the grand finale of 2012.

Happy New Year, Goodbye 2012 (10)

2012 review

2012 was full of surprises – good and bad. But innovation was a theme that ran all through the year. In the hope that 2013 will be just as innovative, if not more, with music by Kodaline, and video production by Whirled Creative, Google pulled together a great summary of our search trends labelled “Zeitgeist 2012“.

Without further ado, I present you with a truly inspiring video that exhibits the people, events, places and moments that made a difference to us in 2012.

To view the video, click on the image.

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See you next month with a new series titled “Want, Need, Lust”…

Size Matters

While manufacturers are battling over your eyeballs, and the phrase “ubiquitous connectivity” has passed from this world even before anyone had a chance to learn what it means, there is one screen that is truly u·biq·ui·tous (adj. present, appearing, or found everywhere. Synonyms: omnipresent).

The screen in EVERYONE’s living room. The screen that, no matter how many devices per household, still gathers the clan every evening and still has the best view in the house. The screen that is truly HD, 3D, surround sound, and all the rest of it. The screen that reaches dimensions that make sitting on the sofa more attractive than ever. Yes, we just might be getting fed up with mobility…

Happy New Year, Goodbye 2012 (9)

Size Matters

“Fiddling around with screen sizes has played havoc with device categories,” says  Matt Ablott in a recent blog post. “First we had the smartphone… then we had the tablet… More recently we have seen vendors target devices in the midrange between the two… With smartphones getting larger and tablets getting smaller it probably won’t be long before the two form factors trade places in terms of sizing.”

In the television category, however, there is no dilemma as to which is better (bigger or smaller). And when TV sizes start to get preposterous (Samsung exhibited a 110-inch behemoth at CES in Las Vegas), the message is clear: size matters!

And in the age of the SmartTV, ubiquity comes with a brain! Not only is the TV a household feature that has a penetration rate of 98% in the industrialized world (as compared with 71% PC, 55% smartphone, and only 5% tablet penetration). It also possesses all the features we have come to expect of our smart devices: internet, apps, social media, etc.

When the connection between the two is complete, and families or friends sitting infront of their TV screen interact using their “other” smart devices, the circle will be complete. The combination of public and private displays will allow our multi-tasking, content-hungry, ADD generation to watch, engage, and socialize simultaneously.

And then what will mobility look like? Maybe varied locations with the same constellation (ultimate experience = big screen + many little screens). Weboolu’s Virtual Entertainment Console is a living example!

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