Top 5 Possible Future Paths for Mobile Phones
Updated On: October 29, 2010
This is guest post by Mark Bird, who talks about new mobile phones, You can also write for TechMaish,Read Guest Blogging.
The ubiquity of mobile phones is a phenomenon that we effectively take for granted, although we are not far from when mobile phones were the size of a home telephone receiver with generally poor reception and a quickly depleted battery. Given the exponential improvement in mobile phone technology over the past twenty years, the possible futures of the mobile phone are as varied as the imagination can make them:
1. Full integration – mobile phones may eventually incorporate all of the functions currently spread between camera phones, tablets, smart phones, portable game systems, and netbooks. As computing technology continues to shrink it will be easier and easier to pack more processing power into a phone sized device capable of performing any standard electronic function from making calls to word processing and gaming.
2. Modularity – Instead of going the route of trying to mash as many possible functions into a device which is limited in size and shape by the need for the average person to hold the device to the ear, it is entirely plausible to assume that mobile phones will become a modular component that can dock with a variety of other device modules, combining into a customizable computing platform as needed depending on the anticipated requirements of a day at the office or relaxing with friends.
3. Bio-compatibility – Bridging the gap between flesh and machine could be the route of the future. Advances in making biological and technological processes compatible are accelerating, and the distinctions between where human nerve endings end and machine circuits begin are blurring. Mobile phones may well evolve into an implanted chip that makes and receives calls at a single spoken word or thought.
4. Virtual Reality – The need to be physically present is likely to decrease as bandwidth availability and the dropping cost of human-machine interfaces allow people to do a complete plug-in to a virtual reality matrix. Mobile phones would become unnecessary as individuals would no longer need to leave the comfort of their home office to meet ‘face to face’, the virtual office would become the primary workplace.
5. Functional Obsolescence – As computing technology shrinks and interfacing with machines becomes routine for the human brain, the concept of an external device allowing communication may disappear entirely. Humans would be perpetually able to connect to a wireless communication network merely by thinking, and be able to carry on entire conversations in silence, ‘talking’ by thinking in a form of technological telepathy.