I agree with prabhakar's observation about technologies finding their uses. But I wonder what it says about society's values that today's advances are designed for recreation while yesterday's was done in pursuit of scientific exploration.
At first view of the LG Optimus 3D phone demo, I agreed with you on the silliness of the technology. But the more I pondered on its possibilities in the health industries, the more I see hope for its 3D capability in training medical students to view abstract basic science topics. It may also have success in the not too distant future as you stated "doctors might use a 3D image sent by mobile from an ambulance to conduct an emergency, remote diagnosis" in trauma care. I believe there are endless possibilities and the absurd and intriguing may actually become a best seller with more refinement and more apps. Who Knows!!
Investing resources in products that will never be put into mass production can hardly be the agenda for any R&D team anywhere in the world. And if it is, the aim is mostly to enhance company image, more of a marketing driven effort than the market itself. In this particular context, I think developers of 3D products genuinely believe in the experience and maybe five years down the line, if it does not have a major dis advantage that is, we could have moved to an all 3D eco-system.
That is partly true Saranyatil. Not all that high tech R & D goes waste. First, it encourages creative and unrestricted development by the R & D think tank. Secondly some of the side products of such inventions are usable in the commercially viable products. The technologies developed in the NASA's space programs , though not directly usable in our day to day products ( too costly), have given birth to new materials , new medical aids and what not. Slowly such advance technology seeps into our day to day products, for sure. Hence for any corporate having sufficient R & D funds it is very much essential to invest in such cutting edge product development.
We all need products which do absoultely nothing in our homes...Otherwise how else are we going to fill our Gigantic Mchomes with clutter???
Think of all those poor Tech salesmen who will suddenly go jobless???What about all those landfills which suddenly go empty???
Seriously,Nobody thinks much about the effectiveness of recycling all these gigantic piles of Electronic Junk we produce every single day...
If we just look at the Supply Chain that goes into Recycling electronic products (especially the part where they start stripping all items apart to extract precious metals and the likes from circuits)-The whole experience is extremely toxic for most people around us.
I agree with your point but, what is the point by engaging in R&D which will never be put to use it is just going to remain on the shelves. it will give wrong notions about the company it may even lead for people to change their opinion on brand.
I guess 3D is a crowd puller. Sony Bravia got a huge interest from people because people liked Avatar movie in 3D. I am though not sure how many TV sets did Sony manage to sell. i think 3D is the new HD. HD has/had the same problem as 3D. The content is quite limited and most of it is expensive.
Hey I enjoy new technology as much as the next guy, but when it comes to gaming tech, I'm a little less enthuasiastic. If you want a 3D experience, don't play ball on an X-Box, go out and get hit in the noggin with a ball. Leave the 3D simulations and imaging tech in the industrial applicatons where it can do more good. Surgical training, diagnostic imaging, etc.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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