It’s that time of year again — of New Year’s resolutions, gift-giving, seeing family and making predictions on the next big things to hit the technology space in 2013. Everyone from Gartner to Mashable hasprophesied the trends, so we decided to turn inward to ask our Datacom community for its thoughts on the tech and IT crazes to take the world by storm as a new year dawns. Here’s what they had to say.
“The trends I am looking forward to in the year 2013 are 3D 4K televisions without the need of 3D glasses and pushing 4 X High Definition picture quality. This has been released in the US and Japan, so hopefully it will enter the Australian market in 2013. The other is the next generation of high-definition gaming systems like the Xbox 720 and the Sony PS4, which is coming soon in 2013 with a more interactive gaming experience. I would like to see how it’s going to change the world of gaming.
Wireless charging technology is taking off, and this will have a large presence in the year 2013, where a lot of the major technology manufacturers such as Intel, Samsung and Microsoft are backing this up for all types of devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones. I would like to see what they come up with to change the way we charge our electronic devices. Also last, but not least, I’m excited to see the next generation of Apple innovations coming out in year 2013 competing to hold their lead position on the mobile platforms and technologies space.”
Sanj Rajah, Principal Architect, Datacom NSW
“I’m excited about the innovation that the IT market will produce consequent to tightening IT budgets in 2013. We’ll all need to work smarter and more efficiently to keep ahead of the game.”
Tom Scicluna, Client Manager, Datacom ACT
“I’m looking forward to the new flexible phones coming out in 2013 — so when I drop mine, it bounces as opposed to shattering into a million pieces…..
A spokesperson from Samsung says their screens will be ‘foldable, rollable, wearable and more, [and] will allow for a high degree of durability through their use of a plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more flexible than…conventional LCD technology.’”
Andrew Bird, Business Development Manager, Datacom VIC
“There’s a creative app that is one of the things exciting me at the moment — I love to see new innovative experiences which demonstrate a synergy between mobility, creativity and commercial return.
I’ve recently started using a new app called Foap. As I’m an avid iPhonographer, this app essentially turns your iPhone photos into dollars. Snap a photo, upload it to Foap Market and it will be available for companies that may buy it, earning you money based on photos sold!”
Wasim Anwar, Pre-Sales Solutions Architect, Datacom WA
“With the dawn of touch computing (Windows 8, iOS) and the explosion of social media, the local market is keenly interested in gaining access to information quickly and is more mobile than ever before. Backed by strong server and virtualisation platforms, the ICT industry is innovating and evolving. Microsoft’s Surface tablet has begun to enable business-grade access to corporate networks and will lead the progression away from the traditional PC era.”
Julian Buckley, Professional Services Business Manager, Datacom QLD
So now it’s your turn — what technology are you pumped for in the new year?