Devices are getting Smaller, more Mobile and
are giving more people Access
Tools for Productivity
• They’re investigating how small sensors carried by members of the
public, in items such as next generation smartphones, could
communicate with each other to create potentially vast body-to-body
• The budding field of Body Area Networks gives new meaning to the term
“personal” in PCs. In a nutshell, the technology leverages wireless
communications protocols that allow for low-powered sensors to
communicate with one another and transmit data to a local base station
and to remote places like hospitals.
• For instance, small flat sensors placed on the skin, or even under it, could
be used to create a “medical” body area network that provides doctors
with real-time data about their patients’ bio-signs. Another key
application is short-range person-to-person communications that could
help protect front line soldiers in combat.
• This technology is still in its infancy stage.
• Google announced The week of October
, 2010 that
it has developed a car that can drive itself. A
small fleet of the vehicles has logged more
than 1,000 miles of entirely automated
driving and 140,000 miles of driving with
only occasional human intervention.
• It's a development of historic significance:
few events have changed the experience of
life on earth as much as last century's
proliferation of hundreds of millions of
automobiles. The automobile was a
revolution in personal autonomy, but it
came with great costs. Now we've entered
an era when that personal autonomy will
become automated and some of the
automobile's costs could be mitigated as a
result. It helpful to understand the
emergence of the fabled self-driving car as a
convergence of three trends: the Internet of
Things, Big Data and Real-Time Technology.
Digital Tattoo Interface
• "A coin sized blood fuel cell in
the implant converts the
blood's glucose and oxygen
from the artery to the
electricity required to power
the device... It is always
present, always on, but out of
sight and non-obtrusive.“ It
lives inside your arm. (Talk
about being always
• It can also double as a
monitor for health conditions
serving as a "check-engine
light" for humans.
2011 Technology Trends
• Technology trends for
– cloud computing,
– mobile applications,
– media tablets, and
– social communications
• In terms of mobile applications and media tablets, Gartner
estimates that by the end of 2010, 1.2 billion people will carry
handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce providing an ideal
environment for the convergence of mobility and the Web.
• “Mobile devices are becoming computers in their own right, with
an astounding amount of processing ability and bandwidth,” says
Gartner. “There are already hundreds of thousands of applications
for platforms like the Apple iPhone, in spite of the limited market
(only for the one platform) and need for unique coding.”
• Social communications and collaboration also has a role to play,
according to Gartner analysts.
• The umbrella of social communications consists of social
networking, social networking analysis technologies – which
employ algorithms to understand and utilize human relationships
for the discovery of people and expertise, social collaboration such
as wikis, blogs, instant messaging, collaborative office, and crowd
sourcing, social publishing and social feedback.
• Gartner predicts that by 2016, social technologies will be integrated
with most business applications. Companies should bring together
their social customer relationship management, internal
communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives
into a coordinated strategy.