Mobile Technology Trends of the Future

The new year is fast approaching.  It is always exciting to take a look ahead and see what is going on in research and development in the world of mobile technologies and what could be the next wave of mainstream technological innovation.

Electrovibration Technology

Imagine a blind person being able to use a smart phone that is able to differentiate between different kinds of texture.  This means they would be able to read information translated to Braille right from their smart phone.  Or imagine an individual who wants to shop online for clothing and is actually able to feel the quality and texture of an article of clothing they would like to buy.  With electrovibration technology, both of these scenarios are possible.  This type of technology uses electrostatic charges to trick the brain into feeling texture when the user touches their device’s screen.

Speech-To-Speech Translation

Of course, many people are familiar with Google’s translation service and other translators available, but with new technology, natural language processing features are being built directly into apps.  For those individuals and companies who operate globally, imagine being able to use an app that will naturally translate your communication into multiple languages without the use of a translation service.

Your Thoughts Become Commands

In the near future, your smart phone could detect your thoughts and execute a command without your even touching the device.  How can this occur?  Every thought in your brain has a unique brain wave pattern.  Current research is looking to create a brain-computer interface that can detect those patterns and translate them into actual action.  As an example, perhaps a smart phone user also has a smart home.  If they “think the command” of having their drapes close, the brain-computer interface on their smart phone will detect the command and signal the drapes to close.

A Different Way to Charge Your Phone

One of the most frustrating things about mobile devices is charging them.  Those users who depend very heavily on their devices are looking for downtime several times a day just to ensure their device gets charged and is ready for use.  Researchers are looking into other ways to charge devices in day-to-day activities such as simple walking, using body heat or having the user simply tap on their phone.  If these types of technologies don’t make it mainstream in 2017, researchers are also looking into an ultra-rapid charger which will allow users to charge their phone within 30 seconds.  Although not as futuristic as using body heat to charge a phone, 30 seconds is still a notable improvement from current charging times.

Flex and Wear Your Smartphone

Now and then, there is talk of a flexible phone and some individuals might have even seen photos of what these phones might look like.  In 2017, the flexible and wearable phone might truly become a reality.  Thanks to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, the idea of folding your phone and stashing it in your wallet or shaping it around your wrist to wear as a wristwatch is very close to becoming available to the masses.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is essentially an advanced and unseen version of what an individual can already see with their eyes.  A smart phone with an augmented reality camera could potentially help users “see” and locate the nearest gas station, restaurant or grocery store.  More advanced uses of this type of technology could help a fireman better visualize his way out of a burning building or perhaps help a surgeon perform a complicated procedure.

With all these new types of technologies, developers will most likely create another wave of useful applications that individuals and companies can use to make their daily activities more efficient and productive.

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  • 12/19/2016
  • IT