How You'll Want To Replace Your Cell Phone In A Few Years


 
Before you talk about not being able to pry your phone only out of your cold, dead, steely hands, let me offer a few thoughts.

My first mobile phone was the size of a shoebox. It sat on the middle car console, plugged into a cigarette lighter and had spotty coverage. The battery for the darn thing occupied most of that space.
My current phone is an iPhone. The battery size is something out of another world when compared to that big old shoebox.

Let’s look at some options that exist now.  We’re not talking future tech here, we’re speaking of things that work and simply need organizing into an operating system.

Microchips.

Here’s an LA Times article from April 3/17 about how companies are now microchipping employees.    Those rice-grain sized chips are used to run things like door locks, operate printers or even “buy smoothies”.

We’ve moved out of the scale of the artist installation of body chips to industrial use.

Note chips are already used for pet identification and delivery tracking. This isn’t new technology. It’s a proven use one.

Wearable Tech

Oh sure, you have a smartwatch. So do I. But we’re talking more tech than that. We’re looking at full wearables with sensors woven into fabrics and display units (being made out of flexible materials) as part of cuffs for easy viewing. Again, these things are now available for the experimental user or are being refined for commercial production. This is an older article from 2015  of products that actually exists now and can be purchased.  Just think where the researchers can take this.

Brain-Computer Interfaces

It’s difficult to pin this topic down as it’s developing so fast.  The latest I heard (early April 2017) was an paralyzed individual who mentally practiced moving 8 specific points using his brain. Then had transmitter and receiver chips implanted in his own muscles and brain. By using the already practiced brain commands, he regained control of his own hands and arms.   This is the CBS report and video.

Are You Still With Me

  • We have wearable technology.
  • We have microchip implanting.
  • We have control over the outer world via our brainwaves.
  • We have earbuds that operate independently without wiring (existing apple earbuds).

So at this point, using a thought process we could control a few inputs to open a communication device incorporated as part of our clothing and via implanted chips.
Sounds pretty much like a phone to me.

What Else Do You Want To Do?

One of the biggest uses of the phone today is taking pictures. How about the research into contact lenses that double as electronic devices such as cameras? Samsung has the patent  for displaying data to the wearer but Sony has a patent on sharing video and images from what you see 

What About Sharing On Social Media?

Well, if you now have a camera, a phone and built-in voice dictation software at the server level, what else do you need?
Only an integrated system to hook them all together in a useful way.

GPS?

Seriously – that’s a no-brainer. Tell the system where you want to go. It either shows you on your wearable lenses, gives you audible directions via your clothing (or even vibrations on your left sleeve for turn left and right sleeve for turn right.)  Or…

Memory Fading? Don’t Remember His Name?

No problem. The ear bud will prompt you with the name and social connections (or any other data you save about this person) as the person comes into your sight.  Or, if you’re at a party, your system could employ facial recognition software to identify people around you and deliver personal summaries about them. You’d have an instant ice-breaker conversation starter delivered. But then again, so would they.

Does The Phone Disappear?

Well, it may take a few years. But if you no longer want to haul around a phone, trying to remember where you put the darn thing, always need to recharge it and want a system that works without effort, you may want to investigate the wearable options when they hit the consumer aisles.
All I’m saying is your phone is on the endangered list.

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