Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

As I mentioned back on 13 December 2011, about once a month a robotics or cybernetics related article crossed my inbox that really piques my curiosity.  True to my word, I was perusing some of the myriad updates from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s kicked off today in Las Vegas and I came across the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.   Continue reading

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Amazon Kindle sales

Kindle Fire1 million (1,000,000)

Over the past few weeks I have had a lot of conversations about how I like my Kindle Fire.  People want to know about the integration with Amazon’s robust media and e-commerce offerings.   Continue reading

Apple’s desirability

Apple iPad 244%

Among U.S.-based kids aged 6-12 Apple topped the charts for most desirable products once again this holiday season according to a recent survey by The Nielsen Company.  The iPad took first place (44%) with the iPod Touch (30%) and iPhone (27%) taking the second and third spots respectively.   Continue reading

Apple’s age of entanglement

“Entanglement” is one of the proverbial holy grails to which businesses aspire in their customer interactions.  Essentially it is simply a snappy way of describing a deeply integrated relationship that makes it difficult for customers of a given business to leave for a competitor.  In the business-to-consumer world tens of billions of dollars are spent annually to attract customers and the trick then becomes retaining them. Continue reading

HP and RIM do Apple a favor and deliver a blow to Android

HP and RIM do Apple a favor and deliver a blow to Android || “iPad, PlayBook Squeezed Android Tablets: IDC” http://ow.ly/6vhti

Apple iPad 2I’ll keep it short and sweet.  Tablet shipments grew by 89% in Q2 2011 to a total of 13.6 million units and the (insanely) popular iPad 2 accounted for 9.3 million or 68% of the market.  Android had enjoyed some pretty impressive growth over prior quarters (34% in Q1) but came in with a modest 26.8% this time around. Continue reading

Amazon Kindle: the rumors are true

Amazon tabletAccording to MG Siegler at TechCrunch (who has apparently seen and played with) the new Kindle by Amazon is a very different device than prior versions and will very likely rock the Android tablet market to its foundation.  Here are the quick-and-dirty details of the upcoming device:

  • 7″ back-lit color touch screen (no e-ink)
  • 6 GB of on-board storage
  • Uses a highly customized version of Android
  • Features the Amazon app market
  • $250 price point (which will likely drop to $199 when a degree of market penetration is achieved)

Given the recent success of the $99 TouchPad fire sale that has caused HP to produce a swan song final run of the device, Amazon’s price point is certain to garner a lot of interest.  In fact, industry analysts and journalists alike (including yours truly) are predicting a “race to the bottom” among other major Android tablet manufacturers (i.e., Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc.) that will likely cause Amazon to capture a large slice of the market.  The $250 price point is expected to be lower than the cost to produce the tablets but Amazon is expected to make up the difference (and then some) through purchases of books and applications.

Personally speaking, I am very curious about this device since I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the Kindle having first spurned it as yet-another single-purpose device (here and here) in a world driven by convergence.  Once I spent more time with it I was impressed by its elegance in delivering that purpose – much like the early iPods.  Only time will tell whether this will truly turn the Android tablet market on its ear or not but I am pretty confident that the product team on Beacon Hill knows what they’re doing.

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iPhone next?

Forget about am ultra-thin design, extended battery life or even near field communication (NFC).  The folks at Aatma Studio have produced a slick little video of the features they think should appear in a future generation of iPhones and I tend to agree that these would certainly pique my curiosity.

Whether it is the laser keyboard, the impossibly thin design, or the holographic display I think we can all comfortably agree that these features would be significantly more than the next evolutionary step in the iPhone family tree.  That said they do represent the “art of the possible” for what’s to come.

Would you buy a sub-$300 Android tablet from Amazon?

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The march of war between Android and iOS continues

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    How do you track TV viewing on tablets?

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