One area that has grown, however, has been Smart TV. Recent research from DisplaySearch indicates that 40% of sales in Western Europe and China have been of internet connected TVs, although overall the global market of flat screen sets fell by 6% in 2012 and are likely to be flat this year. Smart TVs have found themselves in competition with set-top boxes and consoles (think Sky+, Virgin Tivo and Xbox), which are proving far more popular for watching online video in the UK. The dark shadow across the whole sector is Apple. Rumours have abounded for a few years now that Apple is looking at developing its own TV and who would bet against them once again re-defining a sector in the way that they have with the iPhone and the iPad. It is certain, though, that existing leaders in the field such as Samsung, will not simply sit by and watch this happen.
My innovation award goes to the French invention of the Smart Fork in what would seem to be the first example of connected cutlery. HAPIfork measures and monitors your eating habit, enabling you to upload the data onto an online dashboard and track your process. Another giant leap forward in human technology beckons!