2012 technology predictions round-up.
12 months ago I posted up a few predictions for the year, here’s how it’s looking now:
Voice control comes to Android.
Done, although I wish it understood my Kiwi accent a bit better.
Apple releases a modular TV.
I’m so freakin sick of the Apple TV rumor, I wish I could go back in time and kick myself for this one. Still waiting for any sort of Apple TV product.
5GHz consumer CPUs announced.
Not there yet either, although this one is clocked at 4.2GHz out of the box. Intel’s i7 models have often been able to be overclocked to over 5GHz on air-cooling for a few years now, but for now manufacturers seem to be focusing on ever-lower power consumption in processors than on a raw boost in clock speeds.
Augmented reality visor demonstrated.
Bingo, and it looks like Google Glass could have competition from Microsoft and Sony. Also, not quite AR, but I can’t wait for the Oculus Rift VR headset either.
Water proof mobile phones.
The Sony Acro S came out in August at IP57 standard for water and dust proof, now Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z which can be “used in the shower”.
Last Blackberry phone produced.
Nope, in fact RIM is still pushing on with Blackberry 10 and a new phone release, and if you’re on the platform check out the 8 Bit Future Blackberry App.
Windows 8 starts a new computer category - hybrids.
Absolutely, in fact it spawned a range of new form factors.
The Higgs boson particle is finally found.
Yes, probably. Hopefully.
Sub $100 tablets come to market (and they don’t suck).
Chinese manufacturers are still pushing plenty of sub US$100 tablets, but at this stage it’s still a stretch, unless you’re in India.
No new Xbox or Playstation released in 2012.
Correct, here’s hoping for some action in 2013.