3-D Printers and Wireless Speakers Among the Top Tech Trends For 2013

October 18, 2012  |  

The The Big Jambox by Jawbone, a favorite of ‘Technology Review”s Rachel Metz. Image: AP Photo/Ron Harris

Judging from the Consumer Electronics Association‘s (CEA) Five Technology Trends to Watch it’s going to be an exciting year in technology. Inc.‘s takes a closer look at the trends with commentary from CEA’s chief economist Shawn DuBravac, Technology Review editor Rachel Metz, and TechSavvy global CEO Scott Steinberg.

Once only used for commercial use, now 3-D printers are on the way to you. According to the CEA 3-D printers will become readily available –one in every home. Money agrees. “Personal 3-D printers are getting more powerful and more advanced every year. The latest model… can crank out everything from model Eiffel Towers to wearable high-heeled shoes,” writes the magazine. “The process involves a built-in laser that draws on the surface of a liquid plastic resin. It’s typically expensive, but a group of engineers and designers at MIT recently pioneered a cheaper way.”

Classrooms are going to get even more wired. “Apps, parent/teacher portals, tablets, and mobile devices: All of these things are becoming the norm in today’s classrooms,” says Inc. But it doesn’t look like the technology will be as readily available in inner-city schools. “Yet the concern of the ‘digital divide’ remains — so far, only higher-income school systems are reaping the benefits of this technology,” the magazine adds.

Another development will involve televisions. And it won’t just the television screens with high-resolution. According to Inc., the next generation TVs will be all about the apps. There will be connectivity through social networks and music applications. There are smart TVs on the market already. Do you own one? Let us know.

And let us know what you think about these tech trends. Which ones are you most anticipating?

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