Beyond the Cell Phone: Future Forms of Mobile


Not long ago, it was suggested that technology would become an entity of itself, learning, growing and adapting to ensure its own survival. It hasn’t happened yet, but certain things suggest that it might. Let’s have a look at the future of mobile technology.

Mobile computers have rendered PCs nearly obsolete. In the course of time, they will endure the same fate. Mobile computers, like cellular phones and tablets, are not of any type of ending, but rather a bridge.

Computing is not what it used to be. In the near future, computers will be an even more integral part of our world, working behind the scenes, invisible to the naked eye, calculating, predicting and storing vast quantities of information. This would surely effect mobile computing.

‘Mobile’ refers to anything which can be moved without compromising its efficacy. Microchips and motion sensors have already afforded users remote control over command prompts. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that with enough microchips managing a large enough network, individuals could move about freely and never compromise their connectivity to the parent network? Would this type of connectivity not be classified as ‘mobile?’

Based on the speed with which technology is integrating itself into our lives, this scenario is not only plausible, but likely. In the interim, we can expect a subtle shift from the use of handheld computers to those worn on the body.

 

Many apps allow users to track the physical location of someone in their network. Imagine a future where one could program their wrist watch to log their location at various checkpoints and forward the information to someone expecting them.

 

This would not be feasible on the road, unless of course their arrival at certain checkpoints would prompt their PIN to be uploaded to the server automatically. The possibilities are endless, so long as we dare to dream them up.

The most pressing issue regarding the evolution of mobile technology is the task of integrating it into our lives in a way that bridges the gap between humans and computers. Convenience is king, and the only way that new mobile technology can ever gain a foothold in the technological revolution is to present it as a way for people to view, and utilize it as an extension of themselves.

Despite the rate at which new technologies are popping up at CES and other tech trade shows, it’s somewhat premature to anticipate that the realization of this would occur within the next ten years. After all, it would require a complete scrapping and rebuilding of our global infrastructure. It is, however, conceivable that we will see this world begin to materialize in our lifetime.

Imagine a future with no physical keys, where home security is completely digital. Imagine a world wherein the transfer of funds could be executed without ever needing to lift a finger. Imagine a world where humans have a nose above technology, and not the other way around. Imagine a world unlike this one. This is the future of mobile.

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