I have been enthusiastic about the 13.3" ultra-light flexible E Ink Mobius based e-readers since I filmed the Sony DPT-S1 in January 2014 here: http://armdevices.net/2014/01/19/e-ink-booth-tour-at-ces-2014-sony-dpt-s1-smartwatches-wall-clocks-and-more/ and from Netronix in January 2015 and in June 2015. The folks at Goodereader are teaming up with a supplier to get the 13.3" E-reader available to Indiegogo backers for about $699 a piece at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/13-3-inch-android-e-reader/x/585198#/ I believe that the 13.3" E Ink E-reader form factor can be totally awesome, especially if real-time multi-user collaborative apps become very user friendly on this user interface.
Crowdfunded at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nexdock-the-world-s-most-affordable-laptop--2/x/585198#/ NexDock used ARMdevices.net's $500 Shenzhen Sourcing service and probably a lot of the ideas that I have been posting on this blog since before 2012 before launching the idea on Indiegogo. NexDock is an Empty Laptop 14" concept, with HDMI input to use the Empty laptop's display from any device with HDMI output, then with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to then control that same device as long as it has Bluetooth support. The device can be any Smartphone with MHL, Slimport, USB Type-C MHL or DisplayPort output, it can be any HDMI Stick, Development boards can also work. The Empty Lapdop Dock can also charge any device using one of its USB charging ports, I guess with 2A power output.
Nathan Brookwood has been following the microprocessor and SoC markets since 1995. He has been involved in the high technology industry since his days at Univac, where he had the opportunity to walk inside the central processor of an early mainframe system. He presently serves as the research fellow at Insight 64, an organization he founded in 1998 to monitor and report on the computer industry's transition from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms. You can contact Nathan Brookwood at Nathan@Insight64.com
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.
- 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.