In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.
Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space are talking about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.
In the 11th part of a regular feature, Lenovo is talking about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Jessie Quek, Country General Manager, Lenovo Singapore.
Comms of the Future
Gartner recently said that the personal cloud will become more prevalent in the coming year, with users accessing personal content through various devices, whichever is most convenient and readily available.
This is exactly the PC+ Era that we at Lenovo have envisioned, where we believe users will access content through multiple devices, with the PC remaining at the heart of it all. While we remain fully committed to the PC space, we will expand our product offerings to cover new devices and form factors-smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. TVs are no longer just entertainment appliances, but will become a communications device as well. Our Android-based Smart TVs are already available in China, and we have gradually introduced our smartphones into the ASEAN market-like Indonesia, for example.
In this always-connected world, there is a demand for immediate, always-on features in our devices and PCs. One key trend that will be more ubiquitous would be the embedded 3G connectivity feature in laptops, which we've already introduced in our ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
The converging world of laptops and tablets is driving the development of laptops with convertible form factor. Users now have more choice for different usage models for their ultrabook-it could be a tablet or a laptop, depending on the need of the moment. This year, Lenovo launched a family of multi-mode form factor PCs-including the award-winning Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga-which can flip, fold, bend and twist. Moving into 2013, with more Windows 8 adoption, we expect hybrid devices, with touch capabilities, to open up a new world of communication possibilities.
The biggest industry development for next year will be when Windows 8 starts to establish itself in the marketplace-among consumers, and among businesses. Microsoft will bring a larger ecosystem of players and developers, and the opportunity for more applications, services and new form factors for devices.
Following convertible, touch and 3G capabilities in ultrabooks, we foresee location-based applications, gesture and voice computer inputs to further develop in 2013, and thus bring even more evolution in our devices, and raise more usage models of these devices.
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