Software is key to tech’s next cool thing

Innovation in consumer hardware technology may not be dead. But we don’t need our gadgets to improve in the same way we used to.

Our PCs, smartphones and tablets are already very fast, thin and light.  With a device no bigger than a candy bar, you can perform complex tasks with a single finger. You can fetch information with your voice, watch a movie, compose a song, capture your child’s first steps at a moment’s notice and communicate with the world — from virtually anywhere.

Short of mind reading, time travel and cold fusion, consumer electronic devices are able to do just about everything we want them to.

That’s why innovation is no longer coming from groundbreaking hardware achievements, but from smarter software.