* Exploding mobile Internet traffic *
* Smaller & Smaller * Bigger & Bigger *
* Internet of Things & People *
Years ago, big talks given by CEOs of big companies who produced big devices such as desktop computers and TVs set the tone at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In recent years, however, more and more small mobile devices have taken an increasing center stage role at CES. This reflects an ongoing trend in the tech and consumer worlds.
Nowadays, people prefer using mobile devices more and more and prefer using geographically anchored and/or bulky devices less and less. What makes this age the golden age of consumer electronics is not just the increasing number of mobile devices per person but also the following trends:
- Exploding mobile Internet traffic. “Mobile traffic is growing so fast globally that in some places it has already surpassed desktop traffic”, as reported at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57556943-93/mobile-internet-traffic-gaining-fast-on-desktop-internet-traffic/ This reflects the growing use of mobile devices in tasks that used to require heavier computers and the growing number and use of capabilities enabled by mobile devices.
- Smaller & smaller. Mobile devices are becoming smaller & smaller and the balance is expected to shift towards devices smaller than today's mobile phones. See the rumored Apple iWatch at “Will an Apple watch replace the iPhone?” The reality of the dream of wearable computers is going to be finally here.
- Bigger & bigger. Smaller and smaller devices are being implemented in bigger and bigger frameworks - e.g., pets, humans (wearable and implanted), cars and buldings. See: “Will Your Next Computer Be In Your Car, On Your Face, On Your Wrist Or In Your Ear?”.
- Internet of Things & People: Networked devices & people. People are already networked more than ever before using social media. Now, consumer electronics devices are starting to be networked too – not just with other devices but also with people – a mixed social media of people and devices. For example, the physical condition of heart patients as sensed by sensors on or connected to mobile devices could be networked with the devices at the doctor’s office or, if necessary, on the doctor’s own mobile devices (Siri and the like could play a role).
I would like to thank Chris Rauschnot (Twitter: @24k) for exiting discussions on this topic.