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|WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY PUSH MODEL OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT?|
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The term ‘Technology Push’, refers to advances in technology and the way
in which these are introduced to the public / consumers, in the form of
commercial products. In this model, research and development in new
technology drives the development of new products.
The technology push models starts with a technological development. A good example is touch screen technology. It first appeared as published research by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment UK, in the mid 1960s. The technology began to attract research and development funding. It was not until the 1980s, when Hewlett Packard introduced a touch screen computer, that a product was introduced to potential consumers. Later developments of touch screen technology included hand writing recognition. as seen in the released of Apple’s Newton PDA in 1993. By 1996, Palm introduced its Pilot Series into the growing PDA market. As the technology advanced, allowing touch screen technology as we know it today, new product ideas, such as the iPod touch and several iPhone look a likes followed. Advances in technology was the driving force.
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|The ‘technology push’ model does not always work, as it depends on new technology being made available in the form of new products, which have not always been market tested adequately first.|
A prime example of this was seen with the introduction of the Sinclair C5
in the mid 1980s, an electric vehicle aimed at commuters. Although
technologically advanced for the decade, it had a low top speed and short
range. Furthermore, it was fitted with pedals, which were used by the
driver when going up hill. The vehicle was 'dwarfed' by other traffic.
When seen on the TV during its launch, video of it being passed by other vehicles, especially lorries, created a very negative picture of the product. Compounding this, was the fact that it was open to the weather. The C5 was the product of technological development NOT a market need. It failed as a commercial product.
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