A quarter of a century ago, when the DynaTAC 8000 x phone seemed to be at the top of engineering, no one could have imagined that in the future mobile devices will be as thin as several business cards. But can we now look 25 years ahead and assume what awaits the mobile industry? Here’s an opinion on this issue from technical specialists at LG Electronics.
Experts from BestRobotsGuide have identified five basic areas in which mobile equipment will gradually develop.
Among the first changes are the wide possibilities for transforming the cellular device itself. With the advent of flexible OLED displays and microcircuits that easily tolerate any deformation, the creation of such phones will become possible in the near future.
Imagine a mobile phone that you can put in your pocket like a regular phone, or you can turn it into a tube or into a beautiful bracelet on your hand.
Similar prototypes have already appeared in a number of manufacturing companies. Perhaps, in about five years, such phones will most likely become the reality of our lives.
The ability to get rid of the phone’s screen and keyboard has ceased to be fantastic. The first fully functional interface with an integrated projector was introduced this year by engineers at the Massachusetts University of Technology.
All the necessary information – for example, dial buttons or data of the called party – is projected using a tiny projector on any surface, even on the palm of your hand.
Scanning feedback recognizes finger manipulations in the image and converts them into commands. This development can replace the recently entered touchscreens, since it is also ready for commercial implementation.
Especially popular was the idea of creating a transparent phone. Modern technologies of silicon production allow you to create devices in which the internal architecture of the circuit diagrams is almost invisible. The first models of transparent cell phones have already appeared, the sale of which will begin next year.
Of course, this idea does not carry a revolutionary breakthrough in the use of communications, but even as a design sophistication, it conveys the spirit of a mobile future. Based on transparency technology, it is planned to create tablet computers the entire surface of which will be both a screen and a touch keyboard.
The possibility of introducing various sensors into phones also attracts developers. Japanese engineers came up with technology for the transfer of odor from subscriber to subscriber. The device will not only capture the aromas of the environment, but also transmit pre-prepared samples of odors that correspond to the mood of the subscriber or the topic of conversation, which sounds so surreal.
Sensors can be used for various types of health diagnostics. Last year, Korean electronics engineers presented a funny development – they made a phone that locks up if its owner is drunk.
The idea was to prevent people intoxicated from making calls which they would later be regretting. However, they would no longer have the opportunity to even call a taxi.
The most remote technology, for the implementation of which many problems have to be solved, is full virtualization. The basis of such idea is three-dimensional holography – the technology of projecting images directly in the air.
There are many concepts that fall within the scope of a mobile virtualization project. The simplest ones offer to project the necessary data in the face of the user – contact information, a photo of the called subscriber and other service information.
More sophisticated systems include real-time projection of the caller’s image. This can be a miniature figure and a three-dimensional representation in full growth.
Such video chat technologies have repeatedly appeared in science fiction films. But mobile phone designers say that very soon they will become the everyday reality.
Here’s what LG Electronics said about all the ideas and the mobile phones of the future:
“Most of the concepts of mobile phones created by engineers are not only aimed at capturing the imagination of future customers. These developments contain many innovative ideas in the field of ergonomics and manufacturability.
In fact, talking about the future of mobile communications is very difficult. The problem is that the communication protocols must be the first to change, because that is the most important and most invisible part of the phone. It is the appearance of new standards and the development of old ones that will determine the requirements for the mobile phone of the future.
Unambiguously, we can only say that on one hand, manufacturers will strive to make devices as convenient as possible, and on the other hand, they will begin to focus on “green” technologies that are safe for the environment.”