The Consumer Electronics Show is an event clearly focused on the consumer end, but since we are in the middle of the Age of Consumeriação of IT, the show also has to do with the corporate world. And judging by this year's event, it seems that some of the devices and technologies targeted at the consumer market could really make the job easier, at least in some cases.
The technology has more than a decade. Range from software solutions such as Citrix and VDI, even those based on hardware such as HP. At
CES this year, a new technology emerged: the OnLive Desktop, based on
further specification of computer games and technologies than their
OnLive Desktop is a desktop full of Windows and Office for the iPhone,
which takes advantage of all the technology that the service provider
uses for high-performance games. The
servers of the product do all the heavy lifting - 3D rendering, for
example - and then pass the result to the application (see the analysis
of MacWorld). Soon, the offer will be extended to other platforms, including Android, iPhone, PC and Mac, as well as monitors and TVs.
virtual desktops have been hampered by the cost of the solution, a
dedicated connection and performance limitations. The
OnLive solves these problems, as consumers certainly do not pay for a
better network, a single hardware or accept high monthly fees for using
The free account entitles the OnLive to 2 GB of online storage for Microsoft programs. If
you want more options, you can pay $ 10 for a Pro account with 50 GB of
space, web browsing and the ability to install additional applications.
The service also has corporate versions that include additional customization options for end users in businesses. Future options will include collaborative services such as desktop sharing (with chat).
corporate service is being used in the last year without problems in
homes with broadband connections or companies with well-managed
networks. But it presented problems in hotels and companies with older networks.
It's clear that OnLive will need a partner in the possession of an IBM or Dell to create a broad market for the OnLive Desktop. The
company plans to offer the product to run on servers private clouds -
which clearly will involve some initial costs not negligible and
guarantees - currently in development. But
now we think the future of the desktop is in the cloud, this is
probably the stronger solution in the short term, in that direction.
The Ultrabooks promise to bring the benefits of a MacBook Air for the Windows platform. This class of product is priced typically at the home of thousand dollars, low power consumption and less than three pounds. Previous
attempts to platforms with these specifications were prohibitively
expensive (often costing more than $ 3,000) and battery life of less
than 2 hours. Moreover,
they tended to be directed to the consumer, only without resources such
as TPMs (Trusted Platform Modules), image management and business
Dell XPS 13, launched at CES, is the harbinger of a trend of computer
usage attractive, thin, light, priced at a thousand dollars and about 8
hours of battery life. Moreover,
it has TPM [security system built into the motherboard] can be
integrated into corporate purchasing programs, and be involved with the
The Dell 13 XPX Folio joins HP, which came out last year and is focused on the corporate market. But Dell's offer embraces the consumption side of the equation and the consumerization trend. So
far it is the most balanced of the offers presented to the market and
sets the standard for what I think will be a growing wave of products
designed for both consumers doméstrico, and for use in the workplace.
Gaze and Kinect for WindowsTwo
technologies, one connected to Windows 8 and another set for release
next month, may seem focused on the final consumer but have great
potential for business use. Kinect is the interface for the Xbox motion, designed to allow control of the game by gestures. The version for Windows 7 will provide similar benefits to the platform. It should be useful wherever keyboards and mice are inconvenient or difficult to use, as in a presentation or in the classroom. Question is how to behave with Windows 8, which has an interface prepared to touch. Kinect could be used to provide a touch interface on a PC that does not support the touch?
Swedish company Tobii Technologies presented the technology at CES
Gaze, which essentially allows a user to control a computer cursor with
their eyes. Along
with a voice interface or a blink as a click, technology Gaze finger
touches and release the mouse cursor, using only his eyes to open links
or start running a software.
Think about your use by a surgeon, an auto mechanic, a technician, or even a policeman while driving a car. These two technologies can, using different vectors, addressing new usage models for PCs, impossible until now.
HZO and Liquipel
Two technologies designed to waterproof iPods, iPhones and other personal technology products have emerged in this CES. The HZO is applied during manufacture and waterproofing all components (water inside the equipment causes no damage). Liquipel is already an outer, placing a water resistant barrier. Soon, those responsible for procurement in IT poderãio include the specification of the products that come with HZO or Liquipel applied.
Lots of hardware are destroyed every year due to water damage. Since moisture is often what causes the corrosion of electronic and decay over time such solutions could be the equivalent of a fountain of youth, significantly extending the life of the hardware that operates in wet environments. Particularly in tropical areas, this could be a godsend.
Of all the technologies I listed, these two are, in my view, that could have greater impact in the long run.