Step aside Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and look out Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) - you've got some new tablet competition, and this little company may be packing more of a punch than you'd ever believe. Massive Dynamics (OTC:MSSD) is getting into the tablet PC game later this year, and its entry into the race may well raise the bar on its much bigger competition.
The yet-to-be-unveiled tablet from Massive Dynamics is being built from the ground up as a Web 4.0 device, primarily meaning this piece of machinery can largely do thinking for its user, with or without input from the user.
If the description still seems ambiguous, that may well be because it is. That's because the very definition of Web 4.0 is still being hammered out. Apple Inc. has at least partially embraced it, with its voice-command feature called 'Siri', available on its new products; that loosely falls into the description of Web 4.0 as something that would be an "Open, Linked & Symbiotic Web", with 'symbiotic' meaning we talk to the machines and the machines talk back. Yet, Apple's Siri - while impressive - doesn't really take the user experience to the next level... it just offers hands-free mode of interaction. And, neither Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) nor Microsoft Corporation have anything beyond a touchscreen that's highly-interactive, so it's difficult to say anyone has actually seen Web 4.0 in action (at least not to any meaningful degree). As such, what Massive Dynamics has up its sleeve is not only compelling from an investor's point of view, but curious from a consumer's point of view.
One thing is for sure though - if Massive Dynamics' past is any indication, it's going to wow technology users.
Massive Dynamics is the company that introduced the so-called TeliPad device in late November, and almost immediately sold 200,000 of them. The TeliPad is a technology that converts a tablet like an Apple iPad or a Google Nexus - which inexplicably don't innately have the ability to act as a phone - into a phone. It's about the size of a credit card, and attaches to the back of a tablet to make it work like a cell phone. But, it doesn't even have to be attached... it's got bluetooth connectivity. It seems absurdly simple, and it is. Yet, it's also brilliant, filling the gap that bigger tablet makers Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Apple erroneously left open.
What's at stake is a tablet market that should generate sales of more 200 million devices this year alone. Though tablet prices are all over the map now, the tablet market as a whole is worth somewhere around $40 billion. Even a tiny sliver of that would be a windfall for MSSD and its shareholders. Right now, the company's only a $60 million enterprise. But, even a 0.5% of that market would translate into $200 million in sales. Investors may have a lot to look forward, while Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung have something - or someone - else to worry about.