The smartphone is one of the most ground-shaking innovations to come out of Silicon Valley in recent years. Whilst we’ve all enjoyed the benefits of computers over the past x-number of decades and during the past fifteen years have similarly enjoyed the incredible utility of the internet, the smartphone brings both of the utterly functional technologies together in to a single, neat little package. Smartphones, of course, are only going to develop into more sophisticated devices, but in what way? What does the future hold for smartphones?
Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistants turned many heads when they hit the market a couple of years ago, whilst at the same time Google’s search algorithms have shown that your computer can (sort of) know what you’re about to type. But even though it is indeed amazing that you can now have a conversation with your phone, this technology is merely breakthrough at present. Soon, technology that you use in your phone will be able to predict what you are after, before you ask for it, something that is both amazing and somewhat spooky at the same time.
Three-dimensional screens and holograms are technologies that are still in their infancy, but companies and organisations such as MasterImage 3D and the Mobilledia Network are working furiously to make science fiction a fact of life. We could soon be playing fantasy games such as UptownAces’ Orc Vs Elf, accruing bonuses with flicks of our hands and gestures of our faces, all the while as fantastic images jump out of the screen right in front of us!
Until the smartphone came along, the notion of augmented reality – where computer-generated images and text are overlaid over the world in front of us in real time – was firmly resigned to the realm of science fiction (well, sort of). Now, however, we may be on the cusp of attaining true augmentation, although smartphones will need to improve before they can recognise what we are pointing them at, using this information as a means to view the relevant info.
Although this little innovation was unofficially seen in the new iPhone 6 upon launch last year, truly foldable, bendable, paper-thin screened phones should be the norm in the near future. All of this is due to the amazing Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology that allows screens to bend, contort and wrap around things, all whilst the computing continues. Let’s hope that that this innovation doesn’t give rise to smartphones simply blowing away in the wind!
Five inventions, five ways the smartphone can be truly updated. Which features would you like to see in the smartphone of the future? Let us know below!