Indeed, I am not sure if you have been following the tech news recently, but apparently the concept of smell-o-matic which was originally conceived in the 1960s seems to have a new digital application. That’s right computers, living room gaming, and even laptops, tablets, and eBook Readers. Imagine you are playing a computer game and you can detect “the smell of napalm in the morning” or you are reading an eBook where the characters go to the Strawberry Festival in Sunny Southern California and that strawberry smell tickles your nostrils, you can almost taste it.In this case your eBook comes alive, or your video computer game makes you feel like you are really in the action fighting the “bad guys” in a warzone. How would all this work you wonder? Well, since smells are nothing more than chemicals mixing, the digital sequencing would determine the mixtures and release small amounts or large amounts depending on the “volume” setting, just like for sound basically.Okay so, not long ago this topic came up at our think tank, and fellow think tanker Troy LaClaire was quite intrigued by the concept and then he stated; “The trick with this would be to have your device be able to release the scent in a time to allow for it to be processed by the watcher at the correct scene. If someone is 10ft away it would have to be released earlier then someone who is only 5ft away.”Ah ha, oh, very good point, and perhaps the iPhone will also take into consideration the airflow in the room. If you are outside at a bus stop, and there are other scents, such as diesel fuel, carbon dioxide, etc., therefore your computer hardware device, whether it be an iPhone, iPad, or tablet might put a little more out, with less of a time delay because the wind is blowing.Otherwise, the device might be on to the next scene, and then the person is spelling chicken soup from the last scene, while the news scene has people walking through a field of daisies. As more folks have these devices, and they download their movies from the cloud, it might eventually also change the types of scenes that Hollywood produces, and they will produce more scenes which will inherently have strong odors, generally positive, as not to turn off their viewer.This means screenwriters will tie in more smells, and scenes with scents into their movies as well. Still consider that no one wants to smell dead rats decaying, and therefore scary movies may have all of the murder scenes in places with positive scents? Otherwise if you are in public at a Starbucks or on a city bus, you’d probably be thrown off, because you smelled, or rather your personal tech computer hardware did.Indeed, that would be interesting because it could actually totally change the way, Hollywood movies are made, and influence screenplay writers writing for this multimedia with smell involved completely differently. It’s hard to say how all this will unfold in the future, but it will make a difference. Please consider all this in the future.
As 2013 draws to a close, businesses and business experts have started trying to anticipate upcoming trends so that they can maximize them in the new year. With less than a few months to go, many of the most competitive businesses and stores are already preparing their 2014 plans. Here are some of the top tech trends that are likely to influence business in 2014.Mobile Devices Will Be Even More ImportantWith the release of the so-called phablets, hybrids between smartphones and tablets, 2014 looks like it will be even more reliant on mobile devices of all shapes and sizes. While laptops and desktop computers will still remain in use, use of tablets and smartphones is expected to increase significantly. Most likely, people will invest in additional devices rather than outmoding old ones. Currently, Business Insider lists the most likely developments in these mobile devices to be longer battery life, larger more flexible screens, faster Internet access, and increased interconnectedness.Cross-Platform Programs Will Become More PopularTech Crunch referred to 2013 as the Year of the App. Now the experts are predicting that 2014 will be the Year of the Cross-Platform Programs. With the increase in mobile devices, these cross-platform programs automatically become more vital to business and individual success. It’s expensive to buy programs separately for every device that you own. So software companies that want to get ahead of the game can start making themselves more competitive by offering cross-platform programs. Evernote, for instance is already taking advantage of this. It is one of the most comprehensive note taking and organizing programs available, but what makes it so popular is the fact that you can use it on just about any electronic device from your smartphone to your desktop. The addition of this feature will make some programs more popular than ever while consigning others to the back shelves of software stores.Cloud Storage Will Become More Important and More SecureThere was a significant increase in cloud storage usage in 2013. According to Tweak Your Biz, cloud storage has faced a number of challenges this past year in developing its protocols and maintaining security. A number of industry experts still maintain their concerns about the security of cloud storage. But with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, EA Games, and other businesses transitioning purchases for electronic items onto cloud storage, it’s unlikely that cloud storage is going to go anywhere. Instead, cloud storage will become more important as people come to expect it. Most likely, the cloud storage programs will start becoming more secure as the various providers try to separate themselves from the competition.More Businesses Will Make Their Own AppsTech Crunch also predicts that more businesses will be making their own apps in 2014. In fact, the ability to create apps has increased so much in 2013 that this particular prediction is almost a guarantee. Developing an app is no longer as complicated as it used to be, and businesses now have total control over what the app accomplishes, the information it collects, and more.In preparing for 2014, it’s important to know what the trends are likely to be, particularly in the area of technology. Technology helps form a number of business decisions and strategies. In 2014, mobile device usage will most likely increase. Cross-platform programs will also become more popular because of this increase in mobile device usage. At the same time cloud storage is going to become more important, and, as businesses try to differentiate the services they offer in this department, the cloud storage options will likely become more secure. Additionally, more businesses will also be developing their own apps as the software to develop these becomes less expensive and more user-friendly.