The Next Infotech Breakthroughs (written in 2014)
March 2013 - a train station - an advertising poster for Sky – We can now watch SkyGo on the train.
Netflix and Blinkbox also provide you with the opportunity to watch television programmes and films on a variety of devices.
With all the technologies competing and all the providers competing, it’s like a nip and tuck horse race to a finish line that does not really exist.
The early predictions suggest that Smart TV is not just a catchy advertising description, it is the immediate future. We will use the television for the internet and communication. We will use computers to watch television. We will use mobile phones to watch films.
For gaming companies it could be likened to a Holy Grail that they manage to grasp, but then drop, only to pick it up again, and then drop. A repeat cycle that will not make gamers happy until they can share their nights with holographic super models that they can touch and feel.
A lack of power does not stop the gaming industry progressing however. In around a decade we have seen a DVD drive put in the PS2, a move to urban realism in games, fully interactive motion and dance games, touch screen gaming, and most recently, incredible advances in social gaming.
It is perhaps surprising that you cannot yet close your computer at work before picking up where you left off on your tablet on the train home, before finally getting to bed at midnight after picking up where you left off on the train, on the home laptop.
The smart money is that working across multiple devices will happen at some stage before the end of 2014.
This project will probably be a fully integrated contact lens product in a few years, but at present they are a cumbersome, easily breakable, eyesore (quite literally).
However, they have some useful tricks available and if the military adopts them, the tech will progress even more quickly.