The PC market is definitely in the doldrums. That is why Dell is looking into wearable computing as an alternative. The slump in PC sales has wreaked havoc on Dell’s global supremacy.
There is a long list of companies which are considering the production of wearable devices. Dell is one of them. Sam Burd, the Vice President of Dell, gave away a few hints as to the direction in which Dell is moving. Meanwhile, PC sales are at their lowest ever. According to The Guardian, this is a downward trend that is unlikely to stop. Therefore Dell has decided to look elsewhere in order to curb its falling profits. There are of course obstacles in the way of change. For one thing, there are the costs which are astronomical. But one thing is for sure. For better or for worse, the world is moving towards wearable technology. And most of the wearable devices are pretty nifty. Examples include Google Glass and the iWatch.
Instead of choosing an entirely new venue, Dell is to begin work on a smartwatch. Apple is already way ahead of Dell in these matters. It shifted its iOS on to its smart watch after working with a group of 100 product designers. Apple will most probably launch its device by the end of 2013. Microsoft too has similar plans. Even Google is not immune to this phenomenon which seems to be catching on with a few others. Pebble and Sony have come up with their respective versions. Dell has a role to play provided its product hits shelves before its rivals. Vice President Burd spoke of how Dell was looking at the technology in that space.
Currently though, Dell is in a quandary of sorts. Its owner Michael Dell is about to make it a private conglomerate. The buyout was set at $24.4 billion but the company bosses have been vacillating on the deal. The future need for mobile devices instead of static ones is pulling it in a different direction. The difference between PCs and wearable technology is almost that between a desert and an oasis. At least that is the prognosis for the next five years. Dell will have to undergo the monumental change whether it likes it or not. It is for its own good. Whether it will survive the competitive storm is another matter altogether.
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