Let's get mobile DTV receivers in our smartphones. Broadcasters are dragging their feet on this one with no mainstream hardware out there. Think of the convience of just pulling out the phone for a quick update on the local news, those replays at the game, or maybe just that one show you don't want to miss.
It seems everything now are just a combination of functions being put on a small equipment (tablet, smartphone whatsoever). Is there any real innovation? I guess not! BTW, I'm guessing smartphone will finally be the ultimate gadget that everybody are having and this gadget will have more and more functions integrated. I'm happy to see a gadget that directly talks to people like what the Siri does.
Thanks to its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using an iPhone®, iPod Touch®, or an iPad®. It was initially designed for the Apple platforms and will be also available on other platforms in the next few months.
You can also control the Parrot AR.Drone from a Linux PC and a joystick with the software AR.Drone Navigation
designed for application developers and available for free.
I must agree that there is not much new that interests me (especially in the current economy). That said, there could be some demand for home theaters if the cost of the larger LCD TVs starts coming down and someone in the home electronics arena sees profits in volume sales of speaker/surround sound systems. Maybe this year is the year of the safe approach, lower costs and drive sales to keep production lines running. Maybe next year the next best gadget will come out.
Let's admit what is happening. We did not INNOVATE. Why? Now there is a thread!
I'll chime in with we do not make anything anymore. So we do not even have a clue how to provide innovative products to users. Marginal (def=at the margin) products is what you get when you forget how to innovate.
I guess some people would call it a toy. But it's pretty sophisticated and costs $300. Maybe it's a stretch to call this one a hot gadget, but it's pretty cool. "Hot" in this case doesn't mean it's going to sell a bunch of units. But personally I think it would be pretty cool to have one.
For this to happen we need simple and standardised reliable interconnect standards. Something like Bluetooth with the bandwidth and low latency of Wifi. Too many different connectors on my laptop but not enough on the iPad, iPhone, etc.