January 2014 saw Beats Electronic – the company behind hipster headphones founded by Dr Dre – enter into the mobile music market, with the launch of Beats Music for Android, iOS and Windows Phone and desktop in the US.
Google’s latest announcement - that the company is developing smart contact lenses to measure blood glucose for diabetes (through tears) - illustrates two things: First, miniaturisation and ingenuity will make solutions possible which are hardly even imagined today (had you thought of that?), and second (if we didn’t already know it) that Google’s next frontier is wearable computing.
As my colleague Sian Rowlands observed in her most recent blog, UK viewing on tablets overtook that on PCs and laptops on Boxing Day, possibly because a population encumbered by excess turkey were unable to walk the five yards or so to the desktop computer, possibly because the desktop is rarely accompanied by a sofa on which you can sprawl while browsing.
Christmas 2013 saw a significant number of people give and receive tablets as gifts, whether they were low cost devices, such as Tesco’s Hudl and Aldi’s Medion Lifetab, or the top-of-the-range iPad Air.
At the International CES this year, so far we have seen Transformers director Michael Bay walk off stage after a teleprompter failure, bendable TVs, Connected Fridge and Washing Machine, 3D Food Printers, Smart Tennis Racquets and most importantly a million (not literally, but yes I lost count!) wearable device launches and announcements.
I finished my last blog of 2013 with an invitation to check out my next blog on WebRTC, a potential game-changer in voice communication, particularly on the web.