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High Tech Gadgets To Know About

The tech sector races for the next best things and you will know just what these things are.

 

Smart Televisions

In recent years, televisions and displays have increasingly become a high-volume, low-margin business. LCD displays have come down in price, while 3D failed to set the market afire.

However, the emergence of smart televisions could change the status quo, making the living room the next big battleground for the tech giants.

Google is reportedly keen on the idea of people using Android smartphone and tablet apps on their TVs. Samsung, in contrast, is threatening to use its own Tizen operating system – rather than Android – on its TVs.

Meanwhile, Apple has long been rumoured to have been working on a TV-based product of its own – although little has materialised so far.

Smartwatches

Smartphones are annoying. They’re easy to put down on a table and forget. They often fall out of bags and smash into a million glass pieces on the ground.

Wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could just keep them in your bag or pocket while getting most of the same functionality from your wristwatch?

That’s the hope with smartwatches, with the Pebble and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear – released last month – leading the charge.

However, while, by most accounts, the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear have been solid first efforts, there is still far more development needed at this point before these become a mainstream fashion accessory.

Still, a range of companies – from chipmaker Qualcomm to Google, Apple, Microsoft and LG – are believed to be watching the market with interest.

Augmented Reality Glasses

Augmented reality is a fancy term for overlaying digital graphics or information over a real-life scene from a camera in real time.

There are already some smartphone apps that can do augmented reality – for example, apps that translate text from your phone’s camera in real time.

However, going around holding up a smartphone all day is far from an ideal way to view augmented reality.

So Google developing a new product, called Google Glass, that instead overlays information or graphics onto the lenses on a pair of glasses. While delays have set back its release until May of next year, it’s a product that already has developers and even the AFL watching with interest.

Low-end smartphones

Mobile phones are constantly coming down in price. A smartphone that would have cost you over $800 outright in 2008 can now be yours for less than $100.

Before mobile phones, many in the developing world had no access to computers, cameras, internets or even traditional fixed line telephones are – for the first time ever – getting access to all of these technologies with the smartphone.

The impact of mass produced, cheap smartphones on emerging markets and the rollout of internet through 3G and 4G mobile phone network equipment is likely to be profound in ways we can’t predict.

With the potential volume of devices involved, it should come as little surprise, then, that the low-end smartphone market is a key target for both Mozilla’s Firefox OS and Google

 

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