Thursday, February 09, 2012

Four technologies that can change your business

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.
Virtual Desktops
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 predecessors. Explain.
The 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.
Historically, 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 product.
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).
The 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 support programs.
The 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 company's services.
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?
The 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.

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