Simon Liu University of Leiden M.Sc. ICT in Business
Object of the future
My Object of the future is: E-paper
Why is E-paper a product of the future?
The purpose of E-paper is to replace the traditional paper.
Now a day a lot of people already use the monitor to read documents. But some users complain about the light of the monitor. It makes the eyes of the users more tiring. E-paper is a product that reads the same as traditional paper but on top of that E-paper has more advantages. reusablilty of the paper is one big advantages also E-paper is less environmentally unfriendly. Think of the forests that can be saved by using E-paper. Another advantage in comparison with the traditional paper is the portability, looking at the picture above you can see that it's a small device that can be contain a lot of documents. It's light and compact.
The development of E-paper will go on. More and more traditional paper books will be replaced by E-paper. The quality of E-paper will increase, by quality I mean not only the quality of the screen, but also the reusability and portability. One day E-paper will become standard. The next step: One can think of combining E-paper with WiFi, to connect it with the PAN (Personal Area Network) that allows you to read your documents everywhere.
So to conclude I really think that E-paper will have a bright future. Maybe not next year, but definitely within 10 years. By combining different technology with the E-paper the possibilities are countless.
Name: The era of TiVo
What:TIVO is a device that automatically finds and digitally records all of your favorite TV shows, every time they're on. Every episode of your favorite series. Every Coppola movie. Every home improvement program. Even Dora cartoons! Whatever you choose. All while you're out living life. Plus, only TiVo lets you watch your favorite shows any time, anywhere.
Enablers: It gives the opportunity to look at the programs more on demand. It's more flexible than the traditional distributor. More background information available. And it's also portable and simple to burn on DVD.
Inhibitors: It still depends on the distribution of the traditional channels. If your cable doesn't have this channel you can not save it on your TIVO. Another thing is that TIVO is still depending on the broadcasting time of the traditional TV distribution
Paradigms: TV is more on demand, but not really 100% on demand.
Experts: Founded in 1997, TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), a pioneer in home entertainment, created a brand new category of products with the development of the first digital video recorder (DVR).
Timing: 4.4 million subscribe in 2006, 8 may TIVO launches television's new advertising search product. It is a new way of advertising.
Web Resources: www.tivo.com
Name: Intellectual property
What: Intellectual property is a product of the intellect that has commercial value, including copyrighted property such as literary or artistic works, and ideational property, such as patents, appellations of origin, business methods, and industrial processes. 
Enablers: Because everybody wants to receive value for there intellectual property people are eager to defend his/her own "work". It's a about the money & fame. "Intellectual Property will be motivated by the economic realities of the information revolution where information is a value-added activity, which means everyone can profit by making every fact patented. It is definitely a money making business." 
Inhibitors: More open source program that allows sharing of knowledge will lead to less Intellectual Property because the knowledge it not of one person anymore.
Paradigms: Every knowledge you create could be valuable for money.
Experts: LIACS group 2006 "Future of Intellectual Property"
Web Resources: www.answers.com