A lot of flashy technology comes and goes ever year. Sometimes a technology gains a foothold and becomes a standard (MP3s, Blu-ray, HD broadcasts, Instagram), but usually they fall by the wayside, quickly forgotten (HD DVD, Mini Disc). Here are 3 tech trends we've noticed making news lately, their place in history still yet to be determined...
Leaning TVs: You could say Bang & Olufsen started this trend years ago with their BeoVision line of television sets, but several upcoming models from other manufacturers are starting to show up sporting a slight tilt, designed specifically to lean against the wall, versus being hung on a wall or upright on pedestal bases like most models today. The trend seems more design exploratory, aimed at customers looking to blend in their home technologies into their decor rather than a pragmatic feature.
While the leaning Loewe Reference ID shown above is unfortunately only available in Europe, it exhibits a beautiful picture frame feature design available in 40", 46", and 55" sizes, while Samsung's unreal 85" Ultra HD S9 Smart TV comes in at a whopping $40,000 and its leaning, floating frame also follows the supersized tilting and floor standing setup. And the Philips DesignLine TV was designed with a stunning gradient floating glass base which blends into the wall it leans against.
So what do you say to leaning TVs - yay or nay?
Motion Control: Is it just me or does the idea of waving your hand in front of your TV go counter against the idea of lazily sitting on your couch watching TV? No matter, motion control is here and it's no longer confined to the Xbox Kinect.
Samsung's 8000 Series Smart TV shown above (and in the cover screenshot with model Angela Bellotte in a Samsung advertisement) allows you to gesture with your hands to interact with and control the TV. Microsoft's Xbox One promises to improve upon Kinect features and functionality, although not everyone is impressed. And existing OS X and Windows users can add gesture-based controls using an $80 device called the Leap, which looks promising, if not a little physically tiring.
Are you happy to jump around and gesture at your tech - yay or nay?
Wearable Cameras: Google Glass isn't the only wearable camera in the game, although the device is surely making the biggest news splash and offering the most features at the moment, as revealed recently by one of our team who got to spend some time wearing and testing Glass at Google I/O.
GoPro has been providing action junkies with stunning first person footage for years, with their HERO line of mountable cameras. The Kickstarter funded Memoto lifelogging camera clips to your shirt and is a bit more subtle in appearance, automatically taking geotagged photos and organizing them for you. There's been a strong market for recording with wearable cameras amongst action/sports enthusiasts for years now, but it's yet to be seen if technologies like Google Glass will take off amongst the mass public, or if this is Google's Segway.
What say you to live capturing of every moment of your life - yay or nay?
(Images: Memoto, Philips, Loewe, Samsung, Joelle Alcaidinho)