Attitudes from the Editor
If you're looking for the future of your business, watch your youngest customers and employees.
Three years ago, I watched a young Asian man show his friends how he had dismantled a Nokia phone to slide a mugshot of himself behind the phone's LCD. His image smiled smugly from behind the phone's user interface. "Girls really like it," he told me. Yet only just recently is the mobile phone industry promoting downloadable images to the U.S. consumer to build affinity and air-time usage.
At MERA's Knowledgefest in Nashville in February, 12V retail owners and merchandise managers listened to how the automotive industry's 42V power systems and new-fangled databus systems were going to rock their world. Some presenters contended the head unit would disappear in 10 years, replaced by a networked approach dictated largely by the auto makers. The information generated no small amount of concern.