Technology Predictions for 2012

December 13, 2011

Here are just some technology predictions for 2012

Cloud monitoring

Cloud monitoring will allow production to finally move to the cloud. As increasingly more organisations move to the cloud, there will be many new players in cloud monitoring and the management of space.  Application to Application data flow is increasingly being looked at to ensure good response times to customers and this trend will increase in 2012.

Gamification

This will be big in 2012 as more start-ups use game theory to manipulate enterprise users into following procedure and complete repetitive tasks. Gamification is the integration of game mechanics and game-thinking in non-game environments to boost engagement, loyalty and fun. There will be a real trend towards using ‘compulsion loops’, a form of instant gratification with a move towards more ‘enterprise face’.  Help desk staff will be the first ones to see and use this software.

Mobile retail

More than 170,000 UK shoppers spend more than £30 using eBay’s mobile app every week. On Cyber Monday, the peak day for online Christmas shopping in the US three times more people turned to eBay subsidiary PayPal’s mobile app this year than last. Shoppers on the internet auction site have bought homes and even a £70,000 Ferrari from their phones.

Christmas shoppers were predicted to spend 12% of their £13.4bn online pounds on mobiles in the UK this year, according to the Centre for Retail Research, which thinks that by 2015, a quarter of online purchases will be made on mobiles.

Mobile wallets

Mobile wallets are slowly entering the market as a trusted method of payment. Swiping phones at public transport ticket barriers instead of travel cards, or at shop tills instead of debit cards, redeeming electronic coupons in-store, scanning barcodes to compare prices … mobile phone networks have been talking about turning these ideas into reality for years and it is about to happen.

This summer Google Wallet opened to the general public in the US, and the company hopes to bring it to Europe next year, beginning with the UK.

PayPal has similar designs, as do the mobile phone networks. This Christmas, Amazon had enticed customers with a  5% discount for items scanned in physical shops using its price comparison barcode scanner, which runs on smartphones.

In the developing world, phones are being used not just as wallets but as a first bank account. Migrant workers are sending billions home using mobile phone money transfer services. Juniper Research says that $55bn will be sent in 2016, up from just under $12bn this year.

Free phone calls and messages

We are soon to enjoy free communication channels through voice and text. Already billions of users have Skype and Viber for free calling all available as apps on your Smartphones. With the growing number of people using these channels and accessibility for these channels, not many people will see the value in paying for text messages and voice calls.

Voice over Internet Protocol is emerging as the most popular means for businesses to communicate, allowing businesses to communicate freely.

Apple TV

Apparently nobody exactly understands fully how the Apple TV will look, but it is due to emerge in the market next year. It has been reported that a factory in Japan will be producing it. Expect a screen, expect voice and hand gesture recognition!

…and one final gadget to look out for! Scientists are developing roll up, flat screen TVs

Scientists are creating flat screen TVs that can be rolled up and safely tucked away in your pockets, thanks to QD or quantum dot technology.

Developed by a team of British scientists, QD can be used to make ultra-thin TVs. Samsung is already working on bendable OLED screens but QD screens will be thinner and more flexible.

The flexible screens are expected to hit the markets by the next year end. Sony, Sharp, Samsung and LG are believed to be working on QD technology, the Daily Mail reports.

The technology, based on light emitting particles 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, will be imprinted on flexible plastic that can be rolled up or even printed onto large paper sheets to create giant screens.

Scientists at Nanoco, Manchester, are now working with major Asian electronic companies and the first televisions using the new technology are expected to hit the shelves by the end of next year.

The chief executive of Nanoco, a company set up Manchester University scientists, said: “The real advantage provided by quantum dots, however, is that they can be printed on to a plastic sheet that can be rolled up.”

Written by abica

Abica is a Glasgow based business telecoms and IT provider. Together with our IT Division, pcr, we provide businesses with a full range of high quality telecoms and IT products and services tailored to fit around your business.

    • John Chisholm

      Any thoughts on how big NFC could become ?

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