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How 'Last Blockbuster Syndrome' dooms empires like Nintendo

How 'Last Blockbuster Syndrome' dooms empires like Nintendo | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave.

Artur Alves's insight:

The electronics giants' swan song is their last big hit.

 

«The worst enemy of major consumer electronics companies is not suddenly weakening sales, which sometimes shake firms out of their stupor. It’s that last, big, almost obsolete blockbuster that gives executives a reason to avoid change.

That last big hit delays change by several years, channels resources into dead-end projects and kills the careers of executives advocating radical departures from the norm. It was the RAZR that ultimately felled Motorola, the N95 that was Nokia’s bane — and we will likely find out that it was the huge success of the 3DS in 2010 and 2011 that paralyzed Nintendo when it most needed to switch gears.«

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Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics

Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Scientists are developing new materials which could one day allow people to print out custom-designed personal electronics such as games controllers which perfectly fit their hand shape.

The University of Warwick researchers have created a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite that can be used to produce electronic devices using the latest generation of low-cost 3D printers designed for use by hobbyists and even in the home."

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