In this blog, we’re going to look at new technologies that mobile phone manufacturers are looking at adopting in their product lines. Making predictions about technology is always a bit of guesswork, and some of these technologies might join the Sinclair C5 and Philips CD-i in the failed technology books of the future but, for now, they are concepts that will change how we use our devices in the future.
This is a tech that we see in use every day already. In short augmented reality is a composite view of reality that augments real-world environment with digitally produced elements. An example of this would be those Snapchat filters that turn people into dogs and let people have rainbows come out their mouths. This technology is going to become part of our everyday lives faster than anyone could predict. AR glasses are well on their way with Bose and Vuzix creating models that will be the shops soon. This tech is going to become normal and I’ve even seen implants that will be placed inside your eye to allow you to use AR wherever you go. A bit creepy and a bit like the Borg from Star Trek for me.
How many times have you smashed a phone screen? If you’re like me, it’s a lot. It’s not a cheap repair either. With the latest generation of OLED technology allows flexible screens that can bend and not be damaged has opened up concepts like foldable phones and phones you can wear around your wrist until it’s time to talk on them. Samsung is rumoured to be working on a foldable phone which you can see here. With the promise of unbreakable screens, this tech is certainly a useful one for the future.
Everyone knows the scene from Star Wars where Princess Leia utters the immortal words “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” This projection sparked something in Luke Skywalker and the future of our mobile phones could be something similar. Holograms have come a long way since they were put as pride of place on action figures and credit cards in the 1980s. Today we can have dead musicians perform on stage and all sorts. MasterImage 3D has been working on technology that will allow holographic projection from small devices like smartphones. They propose “Minority Report” style manipulation of holographic images allowing you to “touch” and “move” the holophotos. This may be a while off, but it may well become a future feature of your phone.
These technologies are all in development today, but how they will integrate into our devices in eth future remains to be seen. They all offer something different and potentially more useful than we are used to on our Smartphones today. Who’s to say we won’t have a flexible screen phone, wrapped around our wrist that projects holograms for communication or augmented reality lenses implanted directly into our eyes. No matter what happens technology will march on, so only time will tell whether these are footnotes in history or useable technology.