Ebon Geek’s 2011 Predictions
1. Apple will sell $99 iPads in the lead up to iPad2
2. RIP “Desktop Computer” If you are not a hardcore gamer or a content creator you won’t need one.
3. The death of BlueRay. Digital download and “the cloud” will eliminate the need to fill the living room with BlueRay disks.
5. Arise from the ashes magazine and newspapers! Tablet devices like the iPad will revive newspapers and magazines. Companies that create mobile apps to present their content and advertising will succeed but only if they broadly adopt open ID using Facebook or Twitter
6. Tissue engineering will come into broader mainstream awareness as the GenX population ages
7. Firefox and Opera will die out while Chrome and new entrants like Rockmelt will dominate the browser market.
8. RIP Yahoo.com, Digg.com. Other social media sites have make most of their offerings moot. These companies will be sold off for parts.
9. Good bye “The Button” and “The Switch”. Touch screens, MultiTouch, Gesture and Thought Based interfaces will be incorporated into everything.
10. A major mobile virus will strike cell phones and tablets world wide highlighting the need for greater security and protection on mobile devices.
11. Blockbuster goes out of business.
12. After suffering a major high profile technical failure NASA will reorganize and begin the process of leveraging new technologies from innovative commercial space vendors.
13. PICO projectors will start to appear in consumer electronics.
14. Flexible and transparent displays will appear but will have a high failure rate for early adopters.
15. USB will give way to Light Peak but manufactures will rebrand the technology under a variety of different names that will largely confuse consumers. Whatever Apple ends up calling Light Peak technology will be what everyone else calls it.
16. Cable TV will sharply decline and go the way of the landline. Continued tough economic times make people rethink if they even need cable TV anymore in light of Hulu, Fancast, Amazon, iTunes and Netflix. More consumers will go internet only for all their content making a “Cable TV Package” largely obsolete. Older consumers those that are 50+ will keep their Cable TV Packages.