MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Red Herring editorial
team has declared the top trends that will dominate the world of technology in
2005. These 10 trends cover a wide range of technological advancements in many
different arenas, from the medical field to home entertainment. The
publication has also named the 100 most innovative companies of 2004. Both
lists appear in the upcoming issue of Red Herring, which will be available on
newsstands December 6.
The Red Herring Fall Conference in Monterey, Calif., Dec. 6 - 8, will
serve as a forum for CEOs and investors to discuss these trends, as well as
honor the most innovative companies and their leaders.
Some of the Top Ten Technology Trends include:
-- The End of Moore's Law. Have computer chips run into a wall? Recent
evidence suggests that the great leaps forward in computing power may
become smaller hops. Semiconductor makers appear to have hit a limit in
how much more power they can squeeze out of computer chips, say the
editors of Red Herring magazine. Moore's Law, the rule that predicts
new computer chips will be developed with twice the power of their
predecessors every 18 months, may be running into an even higher
authority -- the laws of physics.
-- Medical devices that do more than save your life. Gadgets that go
inside your body go beyond the stents that prevent heart attacks. Some
devices aim to prevent depression, relieve back pain, and even paint
your esophagus to reduce acid reflux.
-- Videos, photos and music on your cell phone. Faster cellular networks
will make it easier for you to send the pictures you snap with your
phone. Korea and Japan are ahead of everybody else, with the U.S.
trailing far behind in so-called 3G or third generation networks. U.S.
carriers will start deploying faster cellular data networks in 2005
because they finally understand that this is the best way they can get
more revenue out of customers.
-- Mini Fuel Cells. You'll have fewer reasons to swear at dead batteries
in 2005. Tiny fuel cells will finally make their first commercial
appearance next year. Your laptop will run for days instead of hours
and your cell phone will take calls for weeks without a recharge.
Industry analysts say the much anticipated -- and often delayed
-- micro fuel cells could sell 100 million units by 2008.
-- Internet Telephony. VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) will become a
household word in 2005. The technology that sends phone calls over the
Internet will continue to grow, delivering good quality conversations
at prices the regular phone companies have trouble matching. With
several VoIP vendors offering telephone numbers anywhere in the world,
no one will know where you're calling from.
-- The Digital Living Room. The American living room will be a more
intense battleground in 2005; this time it will be the traditional
consumer electronic vendors versus the PC and software companies. Sony,
Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard are vying for control of your set
top box, in hopes they'll have a better chance to sell you more stuff.
Watch for a battle for your attention -- and your dollars -- played out
in the family room.
Red Herring's list of the 100 Most Innovative Companies of 2004 was
selected by the editors as those most likely to benefit from the top 10 trends
"Our research indicates that companies will need a highly focused
innovation process to benefit from the trends in 2005," says Joel Dreyfuss,
editor-in-chief of Red Herring. "Over the next months, our editorial team will
follow the success of these companies and the impact of the 10 trends."
The complete list of the 100 Most Innovative Companies of 2004 is
available online at www.redherring.com
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