Just to show how easy it is to be wrong in predicting the future of technology and trends, check out this EDN story on a 2005 market report claiming that smartphone cameras would actually cause the digital still camera market to grow, as users leanred to love digital photos but wanted a better camera experience:
Regardless of the number of pixels or quality of their lens, smartphones not only lack optical (true) zoom [digital zoom is a "fake" and greatly diminishes resolution]--but they don't have a socket for a tripod mount. So many of the photos taken with them come out a little fuzzy, since it is hard to hold them steady-enough while their "shutter" captures the image. It can be very frustrating--so it you want photos which are sharp, keep a regular digital still camera and a tripod handy.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.