Friday, January 10, 2014

CES 2014's business trends: Bringing the office to cars, wrists, and ears

Cab rides as mobile offices. Low-battery warnings. Mountains of business cards. Estimating the time it will take to traverse a convention hall?or grab a coffee. Let?s face it: there?s really no better test for the future of on-the-go productivity than the Consumer Electronics Show itself.

While it's true that the Internet of Things and wearable technology in particular may represent the Next Big Thing in computing, the fundamental problem hasn't changed: how to take data, assimilate it, and apply it to make our lives more productive.�Simply put, information needs to be constantly available, close at hand, and contextual.

Viewed through that lens, only a few of the products and technologies announced at the show truly make sense.�In fact, three of the five productivity trends I found at CES involve bringing the information you need inside contexts they?ve never really been before.

1.) Google bringing Android to cars

Neither the Windows nor the iOS ecosystem provide the range of contextual information that Android?s Google Now does. So bringing Android to Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai by the end of the year implies that not only will your car know when and where your next appointment lies, but exactly how long it will take to get there.�

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