My interview with Acer and Computex Founder Stan Shih, I try to ask him about the lack of Investments in new technology for Taiwan to take leadership in technological development instead of working for American brands, how Taiwan's design and implementation of ARM technologies including Smartphones, Tablets, and ARM powered Laptops, Servers and IoT represents the future for Taiwan, how Taiwan may or may not be able to define technological development more than just to serve Intel's, Microsoft's and Apple's agenda. Stan Shih says that if he follows American rules, he will always loose.
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- During this year, we'll get sub-$150 and sub-$100 Chromebooks, of course ARM Powered and it'll definitely prove Chromebooks have overtaken Windows/Mac on the global market. Offline/accelerated web apps galore, including offline HTML5 video-editing.
- We'll get sub-$50 Chromesticks, different front Chromecast as these will do full ARM Powered Chrome OS on a stick.
- Chromecast 2 incoming, this time will support streaming of every video and audio codec. Support MHL 3 or 4 with 4K playback built-in, Ethernet port!
- Android One to come to all Countries in the form of sub-$20 Android phones, Android One to support Spreadtrum lowest cost Android chip.
- Google will actually ship real hardware out of Google X! Hopefully this including innovative display technologies, feeding all Android ecosystem with lower power consuming better visibility at a lower cost. Google Powered Giant Displays possible too.
- Robots take over... the marketing. We should see child-sized Robots trend at trade shows, and launched by tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook.
- Smart home makes sense. How to make sense of it, will have to do with ultra low cost, ultra long battery powered, easy to use stuff.
- Phablet becomes the best of high end to low end. Most consumers of the world will love the 6-7" form factor as ultimate productivity at portability.
- VR mass market is Smartphone powered, with new 3D camera systems, becomes new media experience.
- Next-gen Android is Tango, IR sensors with 3D depth cameras on all Smartphones and tablets, enable amazingly accurate indoor positioning, object recognition, a vision for the blind, a new set of eyes for the Internet, a new digital understanding of everything.
- Massive Innovation required in industry as smart devices industry consolidates, as prices for basic smart devices goes down to minimum. Though market grows also as 2 Billion new consumers can afford to acquire these cheaper smart devices during the year.
- 4K is the spec to make TVs and projectors more profitable.
- Giant tech corporations better used by Governments to improve society. Including to improve transportation, housing, social interactions, jobs, food, commerce, finance and everything else.
- Year of the smartwatch. Especially the ones with low power always-on display.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, the Head of Consulting at IDTechEx discuss the printed electronics, graphene, and supercapacitor industries. Khasha looks at the potential but also some of the challenges facing graphene and draws parallels with the CNT world. Khasha defines the broad and diverse printed electronics industry and explains how there is a wide spectrum of commercial maturity.
Potentially released as soon as next month by Lenovo, Digitimes reports that Lenovo and Asus are preparing to release $149 Chromebooks based on the Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764. The rumored screen size is 11.6" according to Digitimes.
To be seen if those include 2GB or 4GB RAM. I think 4GB RAM would be nice, even if that adds a few $ to BOM cost. Perhaps they can just let consumers choose to double RAM to 4GB if they just pay $10 or $20 more. I think it would also be nice if they also provide a larger $169 13.3" skew. Both with 1366x768 matte displays would be good I think. At least one, or multiple SD card slots for storage, HDMI output, at least 2 USB3 would be nice.
I think if the performance is smooth, if the keyboard/mousepad/display qualities are great, if the designs by Lenovo and Asus are classy "like a Macbook Air" and not purposefully cheap looking, the RK3288 Chromebooks may become more popular than RK3288 in Android Tablets, and Chrome OS on RK3288 Set-top-boxes may also be more popular than RK3288 Android Set-top-boxes. If priced right, and if mass produced at absolute maximum capacity by brands like Lenovo and Asus, I think this could potentially become one of the most popular laptops in the world, potentially overtaking Wintel laptops faster than anyone can imagine.
- Asustek and Lenovo prep $149 Chromebooks - report (kitguru.net)
- Expect Lenovo & ASUS to launch $149 Chromebooks early in 2015 (HEXUS.net)
- Brace yourselves: $149 Chromebooks are coming (techreport.com)
- Asus and Lenovo Set to Release $149 Chromebooks: Report (techpp.com)
Paul Gray is director of European research for NPD DisplaySearch. In addition to TVs, he also covers wearable devices, digital broadcast, and semiconductor technology. He is heavily involved in analysis and forecasting of wearable devices, connected TV, and 4K Ultra HD. Gray has more than 20 years of experience in market intelligence, marketing, and product management. His work includes forecasting, product strategy, investment, and R&D decisions. He is also involved in consulting and conferences, and he has been cited as an expert in Nikkei, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Financial Times, Korea Herald, and other publications.
Before joining NPD DisplaySearch, Paul worked at NXP Semiconductors as a market intelligence manager and also as a semiconductor product manager. Before NXP, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Philips Display Components (later LG.Philips Displays), including director and international account manager in both Asia and Europe. Paul began his career as a production shift leader in a CRT factory.
ARM overtakes MIPS in the Set-top-box market as most of the Set-top-box SoC makers are showing ARM solutions, it's about the ecosystem, about the platform, Android, Google TV, RDK, Wyplay, all of these user interfaces are being optimized for ARM, bringing cheaper and better more advanced and more powerful devices all at the same time. The TV market is bigger than the Web, as people still spend a lot more time watching TV than browsing the web in average. And the new features enabled by ARM, Android and other platforms, enable a lot more video-on-demand and other forms of interactivity on the TV.
Jeff Orr talks about the latest and upcoming advances in technolgy, what he thinks will be the most interesting trends in consumer electronics in 2014 and beyond. You can find Jeff Orr's latest articles at http://www.fiercewireless.com/author/jefforr and the ABI Research's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Wm9N2jnbPMI62rVNfwObQ with their “Ask the Analyst” analyst commentary.
You can watch my previous video filmed with Jeff Orr in June 2010 here: http://armdevices.net/2010/06/30/30-minutes-with-jeff-orr-of-abi-research/
Check back for my 75+ best videos from the CES 2014 here at http://ARMdevices.net to be posted these next days, CES is an amazing place where 5000 companies all make better value for money and more interesting products than Apple/Microsoft/Oracle/IBM and about a dozen other $100+ Billion US Tech giants who all snub the CES because they don't like competition. CES is where 5000 of the most interesting hardware startups from all over the world are exhibiting all at the same time in the USA and it's not to be missed.
Wearables and Internet of Things are huge advances for society once they get implemented right. Sure you can always argue that all tech was invented 20-50 years ago, and that nothing new has been invented since. Yet the CES is really important because it showcases 5000 of the most interesting hardware startups from around the world, all showing their latest work all at the same time. The engineers and even the marketing representatives mostly love their own products and have lived creating them for the past many months, most often for the past many years, most of them are doing their best. And most often you can find absolutely awesome things even if you have a very boring or critical opinion about consumer electronics innovation. Sure tech innovation could go much faster if society was organized differently, perhaps, where somehow efforts were added to each other instead of done in parallel by competitors who kind of hate each other too much. But this is thankfully happening now more and more thanks to Android and the open source hardware platforms (which ARM ecosystem kind of is, ARM designs are open source, anyone can make them, they just have to licence the architecture), those things as accelerated innovation are actually visible and each CES is better than the last, clearly.