We Will No Longer Need Smartphones
Augmented reality, VR, and smart cities: the future of mobile phones is increasingly at risk (thankfully).
The years 2007 and 2017. The first one is when Apple presents its first iPhone. The second is when Samsung launches the Galaxy S8. They look like two similar models, at least in terms of the user interface on which they are based (full touch), but they are divided by an entire technological era. The iPhone 3G, rightly, is the device that has given the world of mobile phones a new dress, the only one able to bring them into the future.
The evolution of the “species”
In 2007, the reference phones were BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and the first Android devices with an extended keyboard (remember the HTC Dream).
Generations of gadgets are becoming a relic of the past, not only on an aesthetic but also functional level. “Logical,” you might say because the technology evolves, and so does the consumer products. True, so much so that in two or three years smartphones may no longer exist.
The digitization of the company
The blame (or the merit — you decide) is the increasingly liquid form that digital content took. Now we play with a pair of VR goggles, travel in cars evolved and connected with the city, and absorb what the metropolises tell us, without being able to respond, not for the moment.
And not only that: in the US, millions of families are already talking to an Amazon speaker (early Apple), and they only call from their wrist watches, in which there is an eSim. You can choose your app or hire professional writers with only your voice.
Where we will end
On a conceptual level, it is as if everything that was inside a device exploded (not in the sense of the Galaxy Note7), populating the society in different forms. There are a lot of examples: YouTube videos have moved from a computer screen to a mobile phone and Smart TV; video games went from the console to the iPhone and artificial reality goggles (e.g., Oculus). The same virtual reality has become a popular tool for different portfolios, the Oculus and HTC Vive for the most passionate, the Gear VR for the curious but not convinced.
Because artificial intelligence systems such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung’s Bixby, and Microsoft’s Cortana are becoming smarter, there will be an increase not only of people talking to computers but computers answering us. In other words, computers will interfere with your senses, more than they already do, with sight and hearing mediated by technology. Some people said that augmented reality could easily replace smartphones, TVs, and anything else that has a screen.
Independent devices view
These are technologies that, if you think about it, already do without a smartphone. In fact, the inventions of the last century represented a phase, a bridge of passage from an old way of enjoying contents of various kinds to a new one, spread on different levels.
The same presentation, by HTC, of the first standalone device, which does not need a computer or a mobile phone to work, is the demonstration of what can create the interoperability of platforms: tomorrow belongs increasingly to connected objects that do not depend on a central hub but are completely independent
We mentioned the Amazon Echo loudspeaker: it can become the management brain of all smart gadgets in your home (or in the office). Connected to the mobile phone, it can make calls or answer the incoming ones, read or send WhatsApp messages, browse through the emails, etc. Attached to the Internet, it can tell the weather or the latest news and remind you about the appointments on the agenda.
But not only
Echo is one of many handyman gadgets that are preparing to invade our lives. The Sony projector performs the same tasks but takes advantage of a wall on which it displays its Home screen — just tap the wall to interact. The next smartwatches will have all the virtual sims to completely free themselves from the phone and even the Bluetooth headsets (such as IconX).
We are the hardware
A US company has given the opportunity to their employees to get a free NFC chip under their skin. Madness? Maybe, but in truth, it has its benefits. That chip, as small as a grain of rice, allows you to permanently delete the badge or password for accessing the computer: by bringing it closer to the terminals, you are authenticated in an instant. The same goals reached at the end of 2016 by the Belgian New Fusion.
As you can see, there are many innovations that are starting new branches of technological development. The era of standard hand-held devices is slowly but surely drifting away into the past. However, we cannot say for certain what will replace the smartphone we know now. Will it be glasses or implants? Regardless of what really happens, the process of anticipation is thrilling.