GO­ING DIG­I­TAL

HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Notes - Zachary Chan EDI­TOR

With ev­ery­one talk­ing about the fu­ture of mo­bile and the in­ter­net of things, tech com­pa­nies are now look­ing for the next big thing.

For some, it’s about be­ing the first mover, to cre­ate or cor­ner a new niche mar­ket. Sam­sung for ex­am­ple is con­stantly push­ing the bound­aries for new prod­ucts, look­ing at new form fac­tors and us­age mod­els; one of them has got to be the win­ning ticket right? Google and Face­book have been buy­ing tech star­tups left and right rang­ing from home au­to­ma­tion to ad­vanced ro­bot­ics, ar­i­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and vir­tual re­al­ity.

For oth­ers, it’s about strenght­en­ing their po­si­tion. Ap­ple, ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite mar­ket dis­rup­tor has been fac­ing pres­sure of late. Even with strong first quar­ter sales fig­ures, all eyes are on CEO Tim Cook to pull an­other bunny out of the hat in­stead of beat­ing around the bush. They’re last big thing was the iPad in 2010.

I wel­come tech­nol­ogy as much as any­one...more ac­tu­ally, but I feel that at times we need to put down our geek gog­gles and take an in­tro­spec­tive look at how tech­nol­ogy can be re­ally use­ful. From slid­ing cam­era sales to gim­micky smart watches, these are the topics we tackle in this is­sue of HWM.

We also delve into the pos­i­tive im­pact of tech­nol­ogy, such as how multi-mil­lion dol­lar CGI ef­fects that are used in movies are mak­ing its way into con­sumer de­vices that pretty soon, for ev­ery­one to have ac­cess to. We ex­plore the be­gin­ing of the ro­botic in­va­sion of our homes as we roundup the lat­est ro­bot vac­uum clean­ers.

Also, in my con­tin­u­ing topic of change, I’m proud to an­nounce more cool things from the HWM team. We’re in­tro­duc­ing in­ter­ac­tive con­tent on our dig­i­tal edi­tions of HWM. And if you haven’t checked it out it yet, our bi-weekly dig­i­tal sup­ple­ment, HWM Gad­gets is now on iOS and An­droid tablets.

Baby steps, baby steps.

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