The forty+ male is the fastest growing segment in the video game industry today.
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It does cause one to wonder, what more could be invented to improve on what we have at our finger tips. I am afraid that as our entertainment becomes more and more intergrated with computers and internet distribution, and the reproduction technology continues to improve, will we actually get better sources? Or will the quality decrease as it has by the use of compacted files. I know that some argue that a high quality DAC and MP3 files can rival that of, for example SACD. I just have difficulty in believing that to be true. So as not to drift to far from your comments, I wonder if it will actually be better, or just a device to create motive to purchase. So will it be a way to drive the market or will make life better. Convenience can be a two edged sword. The microwave is quicker and provides a tastey edible meal, but isn't a home cooked meal better. Will we trade overall quality for convenience?
Just a thought from a "old fashioned" mentallity. One last thought, as we grow more dependant on the internet for our intertainment and we allow it to interweave with our lives, will privacy become obsolete?
My personal guess is that the emphasis for the next several years will be on integration and customization software, and not on hardware (I'm afraid the TV manufacturers and home theater audio manufacturers may be in for a long dry spell -- they aren't offering anything new that's interesting or useful, and nothing seems to loom on the horizon). Apple currently leads the way with continuing integration of iTunes Match, Apple TV, Airplay, etc. We will probably see new aggregation products and services intended to make it easier for us to quickly access our favorite content.
Imagine, for example, an automobile audio system with a built-in iTouch or iPad (possible now, since IOS5 is untethered from iTunes for software updates) that uses Data services from AT&T or Verizon to stream pre-selected Pandora channels, or MLB.com Gameday audio for your favorite teams, and would also give you access to you iTunes albums from the iCloud.
Meanwhile, Apple TV adds a DVR function (perhaps licensed from TIVO) and gets re-designed to focus more on finding desired content, regardless of source, checking across all your available sources (Netflix, iTunes Store, Amazon, Network websites, etc.) to find the content you are looking for.
Just random, and perhaps pie-in-the-sky, examples. But I think those sorts of things are what is coming next.
i think the focus is going to be less on developing new products than on developing new ways to sell--the traditonal model of walking into a bricks-and-mortar store to discover and purchase things will continue to decline and avenues like groupon, consumer tracking software and facebook will become ever more ascendant. for better or for worse, i might add.
Just read this yesterday
Pretty much, soon we'll max out on the limitations of our senses. When we hit that wall I'll still enjoy my music on my system. Yes there is nothing to be excited about, but to be honest the more I think about it the less I care about the next big thing. What I really want is already out there and should be getting more refined and less expensive. Internet direct A/V companies make what should be high end gear and speakers affordable for this lowly peasant. Outside of integration into every aspect of our lives I think better, less expensive, gear is what we have to look forward to and I'm ok with that. Can it sustain the industry I guess only time will tell. I will say I think Velodyne saw it coming and made the correct decision by killing the middle man.
I look forward to interactive TV's which integrate a cursor the user can point to items/actors/places on the screen and a window pops up saying what/whom/where that is. Be kinda cool to have instant access (to more completely useless information than we already are inundated with).
Of course the data would be only as accurate and comprehensive as laboriously entered. Young folks today are surprised that everything at the Library of Congress is not online...(take decades if not centuries to scan and catalog it all).
Yep. I went to Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past week in Vegas, and walked for hours through all the venues. Went to the high end auido video stuff, and really saw very little that excited me. I think I did see a "see through/transparent" lcd tv? (When TV was off, you could see through it...no biggie). And, yes, JVC had the 4k upscaling projectors showing - which was nice, indeed.
Beyond that, I cut the show short, and just went gambling and spellunking around Vegas, cause I was bored with the show!!! it's what is is -lol!
Well, dunno if I'll be going to CES next year. They're gunna have to offer some new game changing exciting new something for me to maek the trip again soon. Can't really see that happening anytime soon though.