early adopter

(redirected from Early adopters)
Also found in: Dictionary.

early adopter

A person who purchases a new technology shortly after its introduction to the market. Examples are the myriad new products starting in the 1980s, including personal computers, music CDs, digital cameras, smartphones and hybrid automobiles. Many people love to be the first on the block to show off something unusual, but they take a risk embracing a new gadget. However, without the early adopters, vendors would never be able to perfect their products, which eventually results in lower prices and makes them more palatable for the masses.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Another benefit for early adopters, one perhaps less tangible, is the peace of mind knowing we've got the latest technology.
Cadence has supported the development of the new USB4 standard through our participation in the standards committee, and our work with early adopters enabled us to provide a solid and comprehensive verification solution for this emerging protocol, said Paul Cunningham, corporate vice president and general manager of the System & Verification Group at Cadence.
Cadence has been working closely with early adopter customers, who have expressed strong interest in this innovative technology.
Among the early adopters, 88% began using it, and 84% plan to expand their use of it, in the next 12 months.
"Early adopters at UPSA ACO, as well as national early adopters, will all benefit strategically from early access to leading edge technology that has been informed by an already successful 1+ MSSP ACO," said Fred Zolla, Executive Chairman, SI.
A cross-industry study conducted recently by McKinsey on AI adoption found that early adopters with a proactive AI strategy in the transportation and logistics sector enjoyed profit margins greater than 5 per cent.
"We don't know which use cases will ultimately be the most important for 5G, but we know that early adopters tend to get a sustainable advantage."
Hospitals that were early adopters of a PFP program typically started from a higher baseline process measure score (91.5) than did late adopters (89.9).
He added that Gulf businesses have long been early adopters of mobile technology, and with the firmAaAaAeA{Es latest release of its flagship softwa platform, MicroStrategy 10.9, it is bullish about the potential impact of enterprise mobile apps.
Cambridge Trust company (OTCQB: CATC) plans to be an early adopter of the Massachusetts equal pay law, as part of the City of Cambridge's Early Adopters Initiative, the company said.
Peri also said 4000 people so far have applied to take advantage of the FAA's offer of a $500 payment to encourage early adopters.