Looking To The Future For Mobile Devices
Everyday computing mobility technology is moving fast. In only a few years mobile devices have become mass consumer ubiquitous machines – we take them for granted often un-tapping the sheer power contained on a number of these devices.
The technology contained within them, too, have become commonly accepted as we welcome new lifestyle enhancements into our everyday lives. The electronic components are shrinking in size as the mobile device is still perceived as being too large and the technology finds it’s way into wrist watch size form factors. Some of the everyday technologies we carry around with us include accelerometers, digital compass, assisted GPS, haptic feedback, Bluetooth, always on internet, over the air updates, conductive and resistive touch screen technology. That’s before we even think about the immense amount of information we can access in an instant.
So, what will the future bring in the arena of mobile devices?
The next major step looks most likely to be driven by augmented eye wear. Augmented reality applications are already becoming popular but they often require manipulating your mobile device into strange positions as they often rely on the built-in camera, display and input interface working in harmony in ways they were never anticipated. Putting this technology into popular brand eye wear could speed the drive to new opportunities and industries.
Earphone cables are already a familiar site so sending data to and from enabled eye wear would involve only a small step in development, and perhaps even Bluetooth could be utilised effectively as the distance to the host remote device is relatively small. The eyewear would be fitted with a digital compass, and video camera, and the attached mobile device would already contain assisted GPS for location finding.
Early augmented eyewear developments are likely to be rudimentary devices with little more than a heads up display showing latest social media news, RSS headlines, date and time. However, further down the line they will move to hook into geo-location based services and online geo-mapping services such as Google Streetview to take advantage of their localisation tools.
This may all sound far fetched but there are already mobile phones appearing with transparent display technology, and all the other technologies are already available, so bringing these ideas together, into a suitable form factor, and you have potential for an explosion of augmented eyewear with in-built display, stereo sound, stereographic display, haptic feedback, and interactive interfaces.