tech trends

I am sitting in my office mesmerised by the gadgets that were unveiled at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014. From mini drones to the latest in wearable tech, Christmas 2014 is going to be even more gadgetastic than 2013 was. And what a Christmas it has been.
The past twelve months have seen more businesses take ownership of their data than ever before. Finding ways to exploit and make use of the information they've had in their company all along means they gain insights to improve everything from operations, to staff deployment through to customer service.
This week, all the buzz in the tech world is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and stealing the show will be devices you can wear. These devices can be worn on all sorts of your body parts, help you track everything from your fitness, by Fitbit, to the new Google Glass which you can wear to add a digital layer to the real world.
The coming year will see the launch of Google Glass with eye strain and headaches induced at no extra charge. At the same time new behaviours will emerge that are best described as 'eye twitch' or 'visual schizophrenia'.
On the one hand, the success of the UK in 2012 has shown its capabilities and resilience. On the other hand, this has set high expectations, and the question remains as to whether the lessons learnt from last year will be capitalised on over the coming 12 months.
2012 was the year of the smartphone (there are one billion in use and half of the UK population owns one). And now that the world has woken up to the joy of apps, it's inevitable that 2013 will be the year of the tablet. Once again, Apple must be credited for kick-starting the market with the iPad but there are plenty of desirable rivals that can undercut its price.