It’s perhaps difficult to believe, but smartphones have only been around for seven years-since Apple introduced the iPhone. Technically, it’s been a little longer than that, but really, smartphones didn’t become a thing until Apple made them so. Everyone knows what they can do, from talking, to taking pictures, to running apps or browsing the web, smartphones have changed the lives of nearly everyone. But that begs the question, what’s next?
One feature that most every tech guru predicts for the smartphone is Augmented Reality-where the phone adds labels or other information to the phone’s viewfinder. Google’s Glass project is one such example, but it’s more of a phone peripheral than add on, like the more recently introduced smart-watches. New AR features on a smartphone are likely to be more realistic.
Another feature that appears likely to appear is the introduction of biofeed mechanisms-where sensors in clothes feed information to a phone and keep track of health, etc. and then keep us up to date on how we’re doing.
Most everyone expects phones to get thinner, and maybe smaller too, with temporary extensions to span the distance between mouth and ear-but along with such changes it’s almost a certainly that phones will become more secure, durable, bendable and easier to tote around.
Others predict that smart-phones will very soon start to become a lot smarter-the maturation of voice recognition along with sophisticated software (that connects to even more sophisticated software and database information “in the could”) that better interprets what we want may mean that very soon we’ll all have a digital companion with us wherever we go, feeding us information, offering advice, helping us make smarter decisions and avoiding those things that can harm our health, emotions or even our social existence.
Something else to expect would be a change in the way our phones look-they really haven’t changed much since the first iPhone. Some suggest they might evolve into tiny projection machines, or come with an interface that is much more personal, like say a means to make it look like the phone itself is a tiny person, or a helpful animal, etc. Less out there are designs that make current phones easier to use, such as interfaces that work with other body parts that would allow the phone to remain in a pocket, or even hidden beneath the skin.
Nothing is certain of course, except for the one thing we can count on, our phones will change-one way or another-and we’ll all go along for the ride.