The Tortoise and the Hare: How Hardware Caught Up to Software

Hey Folks,


Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend and that everyone has been off to a great New Year so far. As for the Rockfield Labs team, we've been cranking away at the office flushing out on what to talk about for our first meetup. Needless to say, coming up with our first topic was not easy. From looking at 2012's cross over ideas into 2013 to finding the next big thing tech company, it hasn't been easy. So instead, we looked at the biggest topic of January 2013.


Last week, we attended the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and those of you that don't know what that is, CES has been the de facto for the latest and greatest for consumer electronics for more than a decade. However, for the past few years, CES hasn't had the same disruptive next big thing that you have to have luster.


Nevertheless, each year more than 150,000 "gadgetphiles" still make the trek from around the world to Las Vegas to see who are winners and losers that will define what 2013 will look like for consumers.


So here goes nothing! For this next meetup, we want to talk about a few things that we feel will impact our startup ecosystem as a result of CES. The biggest change that we've noticed is now hardware evolved into delivering instant mobile computing. Everyone of us has heard that mobile is the next hottest thing. From gaming to personal computing, mobile shaping how we will start our next big thing idea for 2013.


Our topic(s) for this month's meetup, we're going to be talking about the following hot topics:


The Smartphone War:

This year has been the year of smartphone wars and we're only in the first month of 2013. We've found that Apple has started losing it's luster. Samsung, while it lost the patent suit with Apple, now is the worldwide leader of smartphones. We've heard that HTC has vowed to come out with the most innovative product of 2013.


Streaming Video is Hot!

From Netflix, Amazon, Roku, Dish Network to Apple Television, we're seeing a lot of crossover into the living space. It's all about content streaming.


3D is Dead.

Last year's CES was all about 3DTV. This year, electronics manufacture went back to basics and focused on resolution quality. It's all about Ultra HDTV (defined as Ultra HD, Super HD, 8K, 4K, OLED). These are basically higher resolution televisions that brings in more realistic living room experiences. Only problem is that they start at $20,000 and up.


Accessories Galore

The gaming world has gone through a huge change in user experience. Especially, for mobile devices. The Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 are slated to come out soon this year but smart device companies aren't letting that kill their dreams to compete in the gaming space. Their medium of choice? Smartphones and tablets.


Hardware Iteration

The rate at which hardware has changed has evolved at the rate in which software can be built and released. Today's hardware and manufacturing companies are able to replicate the same that software companies can. For example, Apple went form launching one iPad or iPhone per year to two. Whereas Apple's biggest threat, Samsung has staged release schedules around their popular device from 4inches all the way to 10inches. Just in the Galaxy smartphone devices, Samsung has 3.6, 4, 4.2, 5 and now 5.8 screen sizes.


All these topics and more are just the tip of the iceberg. This will be a meetup where we talk about what technologies that will shape our ecosystem. So, if you're a hardware junkie, this meetup will be fun for you. Hmm...well, even if you're not a hardware junkie, it'll still be a great event to network and chat about what we expect to see for 2013.


See you at the event,

The Rockfield Labs Team


P.S. If you end up being one of the junkies that made the trek to CES, come by and share us your thoughts on what you saw at the event. Let's exchange notes and thoughts.


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  • Rhett K.

    Great summary of CES and tie into Startups wrt what is fringe and fad and what practical applications might derive from new technologies and go main stream in the consumer market.

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Haha... I thought hardware is always ahead of software. Unless I missed something, it is impossible to design a software for a hardware that cannot support it. However, a true visionary can design software to inspire hardware manufacturers to catch on. Great topics and summary of 2013 CES!

    January 15, 2013

    • Vak S.

      Yeah that's not true bc hard has a longer Dev cycle due to the nature of rd. software is a quicker dev but also high turnover

      January 18, 2013

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