Thin is in. Look at the success of the Moto RAZR line. Or take a look at the thin, trim and loaded LG KG320. Or take a look at the latest cover of SI’s Swimsuit Edition. Uh…I guess that’s not tech per se. Need more proof that thin is in? Check out this picture of LG’s new 1.48 mm thin TFT LCD. Now that’s tiny-thin.
Thin might be the most pervasive trend in tech, but we’ve also reported on how black is the new white. A few years ago, everything cool had to be white. Now it seems there is plenty of room for black with even Apple jumping on board.
And when it comes to gaming, the latest thing to yell “Snap!” about is motion sensitive control. Whereas the last few decades have been all about pumping out pixels, and creating visual eye candy, it seems that gaming has taken a turn back to innovation with the introduction of the Nintendo Wii’s new motion sensitive controller. Quickly following in copycat suit was Sony. The MacBook has motion sensors built in for security purposes, which can be brewed for other purposes. There are a whole slew of motion sensitive devices on the way.
Yet another trend (well, maybe not a trend yet, but we’re hoping it becomes one) in gaming and control seems to be the increasing use of sound for more than passive experience. Sound is now being tightly integrated into game mechanics. There’s Nintendo’s Doppler Effect in the Wii Controller and the STRTC developed ICE technology to introduce spatial dynamics into sound to influence game mechanics.
So those are four trends in tech. Can you think of any others?