It’s the end of the year as we know it. A look back on our predictions from 2012. How well do you think we did?
- I’m still waiting for smell-a-vision – but the heck with television – I’m predicting an app! – Sorry Kathy, but Smell-a-vision is not quite there yet.
- No “odors” needed here – just wonderful aromas that evoke good memories – lilacs of the spring, the salty ocean smell as you walk the beach, the essence of a baking pumpkin pie. Much of what we taste comes from our sense of smell. If scents are translated as taste by our brains (a process called Ortho-Nasal Olfaction) then why can’t some Silicon Valley brain translate smell into an app?! It’s time… – No offense to Kathy, but I really wasn’t expecting (or hoping) for her to be right on this prediction. Apparently she is. There is an iPhone app for sending smells.
- A new open source mobile platform (webOS or Tizen) will begin to nibble away at Android, but won’t have a significant effect on the market yet. – Well, since neither webOS or Tizen saw any products released running them that didn’t affect Android’s market share. Firefox OS was created and joined webOS and Tizen for open source operating systems, but that didn’t affect Android’s market share. Heck, Android market share increased by nearly 20% in the last year.
- Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will actually be released in 2012. People will react like it’s the worst thing ever, but then come to like it (though the latter part might not happen in 2012) just like people did when Windows XP first came out. This will break the general “skip every other version” of Windows pattern. – Microsoft did release Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 this year.The general reaction to Windows 8 has been negative, with some people admitting they’ve come around (just like XP). Windows Phone 8 has received positive reviews from those that have tried it, but not many seem to give it the chance.
- Around the end of the year interest in tablets will start to wain. They will never go away entirely. – I was wrong. Turns out the $200-300 price point caused a surge in Android tablets. I’m glad that this prediction was wrong.
- Expect to see automobiles with mobile operating systems in them. – They may not be iOS or Android, but it seems that this has come to pass in America. That being said, apparently there have been Android-powered cars in China since 2010!
- Near Field Communication (NFC) usage will start to pick up in the US, but many US businesses won’t be ready for it or know how to effectively use the technology. – So far those Samsung commercials appear are the most notable place you’re seeing NFC.
- Apple will introduce a new iPhone with NFC support. – Sadly, this did not happen. This affected the previous point.
- Businesses will spend a lot of time/effort/money to support IPv6 in anticipation of the exhaustion of all IP addresses using IPv4. It will be done properly and most people won’t even notice that the transition. Many will believe say that there wasn’t even a problem. This is a repeat of Y2K. – This is sort of correct. Businesses are doing it, and most customers aren’t noticing, but companies still aren’t there yet. For instance, my Time Warner Cable modem supports IPv6, but TWC has not rolled it out to this area. Does your internet connection support IPv6? If you’re checking on a mobile device be sure to check it when you have Wi-Fi on and when you have it off. My Samsung Galaxy Nexus supports it when I’m on Verizon, but not when I’m on my home Wi-Fi connection from Time Warner.
- Unfortunately, the world will not come to an end. – Unfortunately, I was right.
- The Avengers movie will outperform Captain America: The First Avenger. – Rolling in at #3 on the highest grossing movies of all time, The Avengers crushed Captain America.
- Buffalo Bills will beat the New England Patriots in one of their two outings; still not make it to the playoffs.– I was half right on this one. The Buffalo Bills did not make the playoffs, nor did they beat the Patriots in either outing. If I had to choose on which of the two predictions that I was wrong about I’d have chosen to wrong on the Bills not making the playoffs. 🙁
So that’s it for our 2012 predictions. Look for a post from us soon on our predictions for 2013.