What’s Next?

by Jacob Parzych May 8th, 2012 | Apps, Cell Phones
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Today, at a family event, my parents and grandparents were talking about rotary phones.  This made me think about how much phone technology has advanced.  Although it has already gone so far, I began to think about how much further it could go; therefore, I am going to list some things that I expect (or at least hope) to see on phones in a couple of years.

Before we get started, have you heard of Moore’s Law?  If you don’t work in the technology sector, there is a good chance you haven’t.  Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors that can be placed on a integrated circuit doubles every two years.

You may be wondering why I am writing about Moore’s Law. Well, many people consider some of the technology on the horizon to be outlandish, but it is actually reasonable, given Moore’s Law.  Now that I have said this, maybe some of my expectations won’t seem too ridiculous.

  1. Projected touch screens: This technology actually isn’t too far out.  There are already a couple phones out there with built in projectors, e.g. Samsung Pico.  Also, the technology for a projected touch sensitive surface are attainable with devices such as the Xbox Kinect.  If the two of those were combined, an image (like a keyboard), could be projected onto a surface and used.
  2. 3D screens: Once again, the technology for this is already available; it is just a matter of using it.  Now that we have developed glasses-free 3D, why not apply it to phones?  It seems like a fun way to play apps.
  3. Wireless charging: The technology for inductive charging exists, but it is not common in cell phones yet.  Yes, there are the wireless charging pads, but I am envisioning charging without a pad or a wire.  Simply place your phone within the electromagnetic field, turn the chargers on, and let the phone charge. Sounds easy, right?
  4. No more texting: “Like, OMG, WTH will we do w/o txting?  Dats 2 much!”  Sorry to burst the bubble, but I think texting is going to die.  There are many messaging apps out there now, such as iMessage and Black Berry Messaging.  These apps tend to be faster and cheaper to use than texting, making them an obviously dominant option.  Texting is cheap for the companies – about 35 cents goes into every dollar earned.  Once people realize it isn’t worth the price, it will be done.  All that needs to happen is for a company to produce universal messaging app or one that can bridge the gap between various messaging apps.
  5. Modularity: Imagine that you are working on a document on your laptop, but you have to go.  So, you open an app on your phone and continue to work.  This may seem far-fetched, but I can completely imagine this technology emerging soon.  There are already remote access apps.  All we need is a remote access app that can smoothly bridge to phones, too.

Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species states that evolution will occur via neutral selection so that only the fittest survive.  Within a few years, I would like to see certain features in the new generation of fittest phones.

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