December 29, 2005
The New Year is just days away and with its impending arrival everyone from gadget gurus to pundits are hypothesizing about the newest innovations and creations awaiting us in 2006.
To know where we are going, we have to have an understanding of where we came from.
2005 brought us gadgets and technologies beyond our wildest dreams. Sony released the on-the-go marvel Play Station Portable, dubbed the PSP. With music, games, wireless connectivity, and movie watching capabilities, it rocked the technology landscape as we knew it. All movies available for the contraption are sold in the new UMD format. Thanks to the popularity of the PSP, now many movies are released in DVD as well as UMD. It is a fine example of innovation sparking increased innovation.
2005 also provided us with two new iPods, and slim communication devices like the Motorola Razr and the trimmer Blackberry. It was a banner year for technology.
With Sony’s release of the PlayStation 3, rival to newly released and hard to find X-Box 360, as well as Samsung’s release of the Blade, a competitor for the Razr, 2006 is sure to be the year that high-design and innovation built.
Competition will lead to more creative formats and features on this technology. I anticipate that more devices will be made to suit the growing and changing needs of Generation-Y and college students. The PSP was a fantastic start to thsi endeavor, and I’m sure copycat devices are in the works.
With a fondness for computer technology and the purchasing power to impact the market, it only makes sense that more will be designed with young, on-the-go people in mind. 2006 will be the year to do it.