New Technology in 2011 – Consumerisation of IT Part 2


Have you ever wondered why upon your return from the Christmas holidays there always seems to be a plethora of new technology being discussed in the press and online?  The answer is the CES.  For those who have not heard of this, it is the Consumer Electronics show, which this year was held in Las Vegas from 6-9 January.  This show has been running now for more than four decades and already has the future dates published until 2022.  To also give you an indication of the size of the event, in 2010 it attracted 126,641 visitors.

As you can imagine the amount of technology and gadgets showcased is immense and this year had all the usual suspects from tablets to Smartphones etc.  However following on from my last blog looking at the consumerisation of IT one particular Innovation caught my eye.

Motorola has released a new Smartphone called the Atrix 4G, its most powerful to date, which comes with a laptop docking station that gives a full size keyboard and screen plus a HD Multimedia Dock for use at work. This new handset will launch in the US in the first quarter of the year and is expected to be available worldwide by the end of the year.

The reason this particular device caught my eye is that over the last few years enterprises have been struggling to allow staff to use the latest technology as it pushes up the cost of IT as multiple devices are needed to be supported.  Some staff are now carrying a Smartphone, a laptop and even a Tablet which of course necessitates that each device requires a 3G card and contract.

If over time all Smartphone manufacturers were to offer phones that could be docked into a plethora of devices wouldn’t it be great to think that our computer was replaced by our phone and this was the only piece of IT we needed to carry?  When this happens over the next few years the consumerisation of IT will really of happened and I would certainly trade all my devices for a single Smartphone.

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The Atrix 4G which is a dual core Tegra 2 handset, with each core running at 1GHz, and 1GB of RAM, as well as Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage and microSD support.

The docking station has an 11.6-inch screen and three USB ports, as well as HDMI out for presentations or home entertainment. It has stereo speakers and a three-cell battery that will give around five hours of battery life the company said.

Once in place the laptop screen displays an image of the phone’s main screen, and allows full access to all applications, as well as opening a Firefox browser for internet and cloud application use. The docking station uses a Linux operating system but can coexist with the handset’s Android operating system.


Author: Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield is an experienced Innovator presently based in London.

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