What kinds of cool technology stuff should you look for this year? Get ready for some new items along with a few that have already debuted, but are now ready to hit it big in 2011. See what should be on your list to check out this year.
Right now, you can buy any one of the several point and shoot digital cameras offered by major manufacturers at prices under $500. Just like conventional digital cameras, expect that prices will continue to fall as the 3-D technology becomes more widespread. 3-D camcorders are probably still a little ways off from hitting big, since they are closer to $1,500. Maybe next year?
Your Smartphone is your Remote Control
As smartphones continue to become more powerful and wireless technology gets faster and faster, this may be the year you can send music, photos and video to any screen anywhere you go, using your smartphone as the remote control. Next up? Controlling your car, house and everything else in your life with your smartphone.
In 2010, Kansas City’s own Sprint was the first to roll out a 4G (fourth-generation) wireless network, a 4G phone and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The 4G landscape gets busier with Verizon and AT&T offering 4G services. T-Mobile is already advertising its version of 4G (more like 3.5G), but it has slower speeds than the other networks. Sprint’s 4G runs at 3 Mbps, Verizon’s is between 5 and 12 Mbps, AT&T expects about 7 Mbps and T-Mobile’s is about 1.5 Mbps. For comparison, most DSL connections run 1.5 to 3 Mbps and cable internet connections average about 5 to 7 Mbps.
The iPad has been a success has opened the mass market for tablets and sales of tablets should more than double this year, approaching 60 million sold.