Technology Moving Forward in 2013

We have no doubt that there will be major technological advances made in 2013.  Based on this article posted on Co.Design we have complied a list of highlights:


In 2013, we’ll see more of the world’s engineers, scientists, and business people look to art–yes, to sculpture, architecture, fiction, film–for creative inspiration…Companies focused on traditionally “left-brain” tech fields, from health care equipment to enterprise software, will be wise to experiment with crossing over into right-brain territory. Doing so could enhance their methods of finding fresh ideas and then, more important, adding emotional appeal and details to potential products. In this way, consulting with artists could complement design beautifully: Imagine a world with not only more usable and relevant, but also more poetic and resonant, objects and experiences.


VIRTUAL MANUFACTURING STARTS SMALL, Assistant Vice President of Strategy Patrick Kalaher, Boston

While 3-D modeling and 3-D printing have been with us for a while now, this year we’ll see the rise of virtual manufacturing. Services like Shapeways, Ponoko, Sculpteo and i.materialise, which operate as shared factories for hire, will become a common back end for small-scale (10-1,000) unit manufacturing…Amateur as well as professional designers and makers will essentially be able to print objects to specification any time, without having to buy printers and factory space.



As smartphones continue to become the connective tissue of our everyday lives, their build quality will finally begin to reflect this significant role…Thanks to advancing manufacturing innovations and investments, we will see an unprecedented boost in handset build quality. Smartphones will approach and surpass the fine craft and quality traditionally reserved for Swiss watches and heirloom jewelry.


SENSORS, SOCIAL NETWORKS CHANGE HEALTH BEHAVIOR, ON A LARGE SCALE, Associate Creative Director Montana Cherney, San Francisco

Why just prompt behavior change on an individual level, when we can do so much more? Behavior evolution–or behavior change at scale and over time–is the new frontier. Ubiquitous connectivity, real-time remote monitoring, and social networking are three of the most prevalent factors revolutionizing health care. We’ll see more and more people connect to devices, share their data, and reach out to others. Doing so will allow them to enhance their care experiences by relating with others with similar symptoms, receiving social support for achieving goals, and “crowdsourcing” treatments and cures.


WE LOSE CONTROL OF OUR CARS, Creative Director Katie Dill, San Francisco

Our cars are becoming ever more automated. They are parallel parking themselves, monitoring our speed while in cruise control, and now they’re even helping us steer. With cameras, sensors, and robust computer intelligence, the car is getting smarter and more self-sufficient.  Americans have long looked at the road and the ability to drive as a sign of freedom and control. Yet in the U.S., fewer 20- and 30-year-olds are getting their driver’s licenses than in previous years. This is a trend seen across wealthy nations with high Internet usage.


WE REACH THE TABLET TIPPING POINT, Creative Director Mario van der Meulen, Shanghai

Crystal-balling next year’s trends is never far off from what we see now, but nothing happens overnight. One solution that could make its long promised impact in 2013: the dropping price point of tablets. This will start to bring a shift from tablets being mini-computers to their role as the widespread replacement of printed media, from payment receipts to newspapers to textbooks. Lower prices will prompt people to buy numerous tablets, each optimized for different purposes.

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