We recently recounted the top five rumors regarding the next generation iPhone 5. Complete with a rumored Liquidmetal casing, we got to thinking: if five months’ time promises space age Liquidmetal, what will the cell phone be like in, say… 20 years?
Of course, when one considers the astonishingly rapid evolution of the mobile phone in just the last 5 years, these ideas are little more than baseless speculation. Nonetheless, we’ve done a little research and these are our four favorite theories:
- One “futurologist” thinks the handsets of today will be deconstructed. One apparatus for touch input, another for visual display, and another for audio. This “complete physical interface” will blur the lines between digital, virtual, and real. Very sci-fi, right?
- Our mobile gadgets will be more durable because cloud-computing technology will take the processing strain off the device itself. Product life cycles will be longer and manufacturers will refocus on a more sustainable product experience. Another theorist believes they’ll be bendable and somehow utilize projection technology.
- Artificial intelligence will dominate. Think Siri—but better and smarter. These “data guardians” will pick and choose the information that reaches users based on a very intimate knowledge their lives and interests—yes, the kind of knowledge advertisers would kill for.
- The user experience will be healthier. New designs will free up users’ aching wrists and thumbs. The artificial intelligence will make the experience more efficient so users will spend less time consumed by these devices. And they’ll incorporate more medical diagnostic hardware so user health will be monitored in real time.
Of course, regardless of its form and functionality, you’ll want to keep your mobile device close at-hand, today and 20 years from now.That’s why we invented the ZOMM Wireless Leash.
What other space age features would you like to see included in mobile devices of the future?