Most anticipated tech products of 2013
We’re not sure some of them are even on the drawing board, but they’d be great to see
By Tim Greene | Network World US | Published: 16:33, 20 December 12
As the old year winds down a sense of hope arises that the hints and inklings of new products and services that have been leaking out over the past months may actually materialise in the New Year. Some of them are products that vendors have solidly promised and assigned release dates to, some are part of vaguely marked road maps and some are simply pipedreams fuelled by persistent rumours. Others are services or intriguing situations that could arise. Regardless, here are some of the ones that have caught our eye and that we hope turn out to be as eye catching in reality.
The technology exists for display screens that bend and 2013 could see the advent of commercial smartphones that highlight the feature. Given their flexibility, these screens could help reduce damage to phones that get dropped, banged or otherwise abused; they’re made to respond to impact by yielding. (Check out the Philips concept phone in the picture.) No phone manufacturers have announced plans to launch such products, but given that the technology exists plus the coolness factor, these devices may debut in 2013.