Posts tagged: 3G

Digital Still Cameras: It’s Time for More Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Jul 7, 2010

I read an interesting article today in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the lack of innovation taking place in the digital still camera market. In the article Videogame Makers in Talks About Portable 3G Connections there is a quote from NTT DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada who said, “videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless. We are discussing this with various players.”

Unfortunately, most of the camera vendors have taken a very traditional approach to camera design by primarily focusing on megapixels, zoom, shutter lag time, and lower prices. While these improvements are all very nice, my feeling is they are pretty much played out.

The following chart shows DSC camera placements in North America over the last five years along with average megapixels and average selling price. Let’s face it, the market is saturated. DSC vendors have fulfilled the basic needs of consumers (taking a quality photo) with a wide range of cameras that meets every traditional need at a price point they can afford.

Lower Prices and More Megapixels Aren’t Driving More DSC Shipments

North American DSC Shipments, ASP and AMP

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Are QR Codes More Popular in Europe than in the U.S.? (Part 2)

Other Posts
 Nov 19, 2009

During a recent InfoTrends Webinar discussing the future of the print production software market, Alex Sumarta and I were asked if quick response (QR) codes are currently more popular in Europe than they are in the United States. This post is the second part of a series of two that attempts to answer that question.

I recently came across some research from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which has studied the state of broadband Internet adoption around the world. What I liked about this report is that it does not rely on the more traditional benchmark measurements like fixed line broadband adoption per 100 inhabitants. Instead, it takes a multidimensional approach along three main indicators: penetration, capacity, and price. This enables the research to become much more granular and provides surprising new insights.

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Are QR Codes More Popular in Europe than in the U.S.? (Part 1)

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 Nov 12, 2009

During a recent InfoTrends Webinar on the future of the global print production software market, Alex Sumarta and I were asked if quick response (QR) codes are more popular in Europe than they are in the United States. QR codes–those 2D barcodes that can be scanned by Internet-enabled camera phones–help connect the physical and virtual worlds and can tremendously increase the effectiveness of one-to-one communications.

Based on anecdotal information, I would say that QR codes in Europe are a bit ahead of those in the U.S., but they are not as advanced as those in Japan. I recently stumbled upon some interesting research that would support this claim.

This blog post will focus on a few examples of QR adoption in Europe, and a blog that will be issued next week will provide some additional thoughts and data points concerning adoption. Read more »

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