Computers Manufacturers have been working hard to establish their markets and capture emerging markets in categories such as tablet computing and new operating systems. However, there’s a lot of news that those in the industry should be following just as closely. Here are some of the biggest points to consider as we enter a new age of computing.
With the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show behind us all, the feeling this year about electronics is one mired in confusion, since there have been many new developments in the business, but just as many dead-end roads as well.
It’s no secret, however, that the biggest winners will be the ones who can solve the mysteries of which way the tide shifts when consumers put their spending power to use.
Manufacturers have been watching with great anticipation, as consumers and retailers have done their share of information trading since 1967, when the CES first started giving people a massive forum to exchange thoughts in the business.
There have been some good years and a few bad ones, but none have been quite as mysterious as the times we’re living in these days. While some of the latest gadgetry to hit the market has made its impact felt, others have simply fizzled out. Yet others remain in the classification of vaporware, a category for products that never took flight, as they failed to even leave the drawing table.
Ina world of 3D TV sets that have been met with cool reception from consumers, and everything from iPads to non-Apple OS tablets with dual processors and everything else you could possibly want, which is only the tip of the iceberg.
Intelligent systems that boasted TV sets with the ability to connect to the Internet and show Web content seemed to make a strong showing this year. Services like Netflix and Hulu were well represented as well, since they would allow viewers to get their fix of media from one central location in the comfort of the own homes.
Tablet computers were also big attention-getters as well, with Google’s Android being the preferred operating system by a landslide.
In the world of mobile handsets, 4G was the rage. It looks like 2011 will be the year for 4G networks to take off, which promises much more robust content from handsets that are looking less like phones, and more like computers. In fact, the real trend at the show was one of noncomputer devices that behaved much more like actual computers with processing power to back their actions up. Phones, tablets, and TV sets are all in line for upgrades in both user interface and form factors.
Another side to all of this technology is the question of recycling “e-waste,” the leftovers from digital eras gone by. Currently, consumers are often still required to do the footwork themselves, even paying extra for the privilege of discarding their used gadgets in the manner desired by environmentalists, which doesn’t seem to sit well with people who have already paid once for their devices. Paying a second time to dispose of them seems like a no-brainer for most who were asked about it.
Substances like lead and mercury are two of the most prominent ones causing concerns, as they are extremely toxic to humans, and are found practically everywhere computers and other devices are tossed out. Without the proper care in disposal, these toxic substances find their way into water supplies and surrounding areas.
States like Pennsylvania are passing legislature that keeps Computers Manufacturers from charging fees for disposal, as a means of establishing good practices with local landfill operators and consumers who want to help without paying the price.