To in­fin­ity…

HWM (Singapore) - - Front Page - Zachary Chan Edi­tor

Jan­uary is a busy time for the team at HWM and as you’re read­ing this is­sue, we’ll be hav­ing a ball in Las Ve­gas slog­ging away through the halls and crowds of the an­nual Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show to bring you this year’s top tech trends.

Look­ing back at my last note, I felt that we ended 2016 with a lit­tle too much doom and gloom. So, for Jan­uary 2017, I’ve de­cided to switch gears back to look­ing ahead and hope­fully, keep this month’s rant a wee bit shorter, so bear with me.

One of the big­gest tech trends hap­pen­ing now isn’t re­lated to the launch of any one prod­uct, but the re­lent­less as­sault of the soft­ware in­dus­try (ac­tu­ally, if this keeps up, we might have to re­name the mag­a­zine). Dig­i­ti­za­tion of goods and ser­vices has be­come the cat­a­lyst of change, speed­ing up mass adop­tion of new tech­nolo­gies. For in­stance, e-pay­ments have be­come sec­ond na­ture to me, and I’m not just talk­ing about swip­ing a credit card. I’m talk­ing about the brave new world of con­nected com­merce plat­forms that I have ac­cess to from my smart­phone. From gro­ceries to trans­port and even split­ting the lunch bill with friends, you’d prob­a­bly have a bet­ter chance of get­ting me to pay for some­thing through an app than with real cash. Just like how e-mail re­placed snail mail, this is the fu­ture I read­ily em­brace.

This is­sue, we look into the tech­nolo­gies that make this cash­less world go round. And to start off 2017 in a more pos­i­tive note, we vis­ited Dyson’s head­quar­ters in the UK to soak up some in­spi­ra­tion and wis­dom from in­ven­tor Sir James Dyson him­self on the fine art of fail­ing.

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