Tech Preview 2012: The PC's Bright Future



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Software and apps/peripheral wise, at 2012 we are getting to the point where the "ecosystem" is rendering substantial new functionalities: Parrot-style Skype following you while you walk around the house by the TV, Kitchen, etc.
Think of voice differenciating, allowing for data to be shown on a screen at a work meeting depending on speaker commands whoever she/he is, or Excel filling data by voice and touch combinations... Yes, Excel and touch seem like a perfect match, the same way WORD and Voice will also easily fit.

Technologies like handwriting and voice recognition, speak to text, facial and partial body recognition, motion and voice activated features, bio and NeuroControl.
are all already mature to have existing products on the shelves:
To show the rarest.
But to hint the functionalities now at reach, better read on some new functions of recently released 2nd Kinect SDK, of which apps are starting what seems to become a BIG Wave:
*Sound source localization for beamforming, which enables the determination of a sound’s spatial location, enhancing reliability when integrated with the Microsoft speech recognition API.
*Depth data, which provides the distance of an object from the Kinect camera.
*Highly performant and robust skeletal tracking capabilities for determining the body positions of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view.

What we expect in Windows 8 is an OS that actually facilitates the interconnection and merge of all these techs, allowing for new functions and vast efficiency improvements into one environment applicable to multiple devices, at the center of will be the PC and around it; phones, house appliances, TVs, sound systems, electrical everything, etc (connected via small wireless IP little thingies). 

To me this is not just creating an ecosystem, its allowing for the Evolution of Era in control and IT funcionalities. This is not just about fast and compatibility. it is about radical new functions and ways of doing the old and new.

////One good example of how this evolution comes to be possible, is The Touchable Hologram. It has been in our fantasies since the 70s, and several attempts have been tried by adding soundwaves, air pressure shaping and who knows what else to "densify them". However now
Technicians left holograms in their physical band while adding Kinect and CPU to it, allowing for precise in air control from users wanting to interact...with whatever an hologram conveys... This is the kind of new capacities found with the interaction of several techniques, instead of trying to force certain technology, device or software, to do it all by itself.



articles were written saying the minicomputer would never displace mainframes. It did and lots of companies died. Then decades later, articles were written how the pc would never displace the mini. It did. more companies disappeared. Now articlea are being written about how tablets and mobile devices won't displace the PC. what are the chances this time they are right?

ironically Andy Grove was known for saying only the paranoid survive and his take on historic inflection points and here Intel sits on the wrong side of It along with the other hlf of the once WinTel monopoly.

Professor Clay Christensen is well known fornhis theories explaining this phenomenon . entrenched companies ignore the disruptivs technology in the beginning because It's not really seen as a serious threat and their customers aren't really considering It in any meaningful way. I then they wake up one day and the whole world changes and they are on the outside looking in. I to have that happen to Intel of all companies just shows It can happen to anyone.



Articles were also written about how BluRay would fail, because it's Sony, and 'remember what happened with Betamax?' How many other things have come, been hailed as the next big thing, but didn't?

The thing that's different between mainframes, minicomputers, and PCs, is that PCs are based on open standards, and are a mass market item, not restricted to businesses. There will always be a market for a high performance device (PCs), as evidenced by people taking up PC gaming and leaving their 360s to red ring.



Like the article...

Not my cup of tea though, built a rig about 6 months ago w/ a 2500k (nothing fancy but lotta bang for the buck). I'm very happy with it, there are not many programs that I can't run with top notch graphics and settings. 

So while these new chips will in all likelyhood shred my current setup, for me personally I see no reason to get all antsy when I'm not using anything that will require that kind of power anyways...




I don't plan on swapping my i7 2600 out anytime soon. We still need better multithreaded and 64 bit apps (I'm looking at you, Skyrim). Might pick up one of those GPUs, if I absolutely want 60 fps on highest.


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Again, killer article guys. Nice to know whats's coming down the pipe in the next year or two. What I'd really like to see is SSD's reach practical price points in comparison to traditional platter drives. They have gotten SOOOOO much cheaper since their inception, but the prices still need to come down. I'm hopeful I can get a 1TB drive within the next couple of years without spending a small fortune.

Hell, the 480gb drives cost nearly half of what I built my entire rig for. For desktop storage, that is ludicrous.



Wow, I want that picture as a wallpaper.



Well before the end of 2012 we'll see more versions of mainstream laptops able to run at three point whatever ghz times six; for a combined rating at about 20. Now if I could only convince Apple to offer user interchangeable and hot-swap batteries in their devices



To be honest , the Xeons will destroy ALL of these "DESKTOP" chips, you should look into the 8 core Xeons that are as of yet unreleased (I.E. this years versions of the chips that were in the dream machine a few years back) as usual they will smoke the desktop chips, be 8 cores and generally have 2 QPI's so you can use 2 chips in 1 system UNLIKE the single QPI (meaning they cannot "talk" to other CPU's) that the "desktop" chips have!


Just my 2 cents





Good luck finding 32-threaded apps, though...

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