Dec 24, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, we look forward to 2014, when people will become even more connected to people, content, and things than ever before.
People connecting to people? By now, that’s easy. It happens hundreds of millions of times every day through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, peer-to-peer apps such as iMessage, Snapchat, and comparative technological dinosaurs like SMS and MMS. They share photos (lots of photos), videos, opinions, causes, and really important stuff like what they had for breakfast or where they’re going for dinner.
People are also increasingly connected to content. Most of it is revenue-generating commercial content such as TV shows, movies, and music, but the same technology enables access to personal photo and video content. A number of vendors already offer that access, often coupled with other value-added services such as backup and synchronization of files between devices. Others offer a single window for viewing sharing, and even organizing personal content that may be stored in multiple online and offline locations. Nevertheless, the number of consumers taking full advantage of these services remains small, and the market still awaits a “killer app” that will attract users by the millions.
As the 2014 International CES approaches, there is a great deal of anticipation around the Internet of Everything, sometimes called the Internet of Things. At the risk of oversimplification, this term describes the connectivity of nearly every type of device – including many that have nothing to do with computing or entertainment. Commercial and industrial applications are myriad, offering control of and data collection from machines, power meters, and even automobiles and aircraft, but the technology is being consumer-ized quickly. Starter kits that let homeowners control lights, thermostats, door and window sensors, and security cameras are sold in home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot and even office supply stores like Staples. Full access and control is available from any computer, smartphone, or tablet anywhere in the world.
Finally, more people are connecting themselves through wearable technology like smart watches, fitness trackers, life-blogging cameras, and eyewear such as Google Glass. These devices immerse users into all of the types of connectivity described above – to other people, to content, and to things.
What does all this have to do with InfoTrends’ coverage of the consumer and professional imaging industries? Many of these connected devices include at least one camera. Images are an essential part of many of the applications that these devices enable, and the content that they communicate. We will be at CES 2014 not only to see and hear news from traditional imaging vendors, but also to learn more about the increasing connectedness of people, content, and things.
Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
InfoTrends’ Connected Imaging Trends service studies devices, services, and technologies that enable consumers to view, share, store, and protect their personal photo and video files, virtually any time and anywhere. For more information, please contact Matt O’Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.781.616.2115.
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