10/13/2010 4:27:07 PM
IT Telecomms news: Mobiles of the Future - Today!
One of my favourite t-shirts carries the slogun: "It's the year
2000. Where is my jetpack?". But although we're not living in Blade
Runner land yet, full of sprawling metropolises buzzing with aerial
motor highways, mobile technology does allow us to witness the
future unfolding before our very eyes. Mobile phones might not be
as iconic as that staple meme of the imagined future, the flying
car, but in their way, they are as spectacular.
I remember going to the Telecoms 2000 Expo in Geneva and being
blown away by a Nokia phone that could not only take photos, but
also send them to someone else. Crivens! A mere ten years ago, and
something that we now take for granted as the lowest common
denominator in mobile technology was a sandwich-droppingly
thrilling shift into the future.
The Japanese have always been trailblazers of technology and
gurus of inventing the as-yet-uninvented, so it's no great surprise
that it was a recent Japanese trade show that provided the latest
insight into what mobiles of the future might look like.
To summarise: A mobile with a transparent sheet of glass
providing an 'augmented reality layer' that will give you
information about a place of business if you point your phone at
it; Fujitsu's 'Fluid Phone', which mimics a block of ice and can
change shape and functionality depending on who is using it;
Sharpe's prototype 3D camera phone allowing users to shoot and
stream pictures/video in 3D. And finally, for the romantics out
there, NTT DoCoMo believes that couples should know how their
sweetheart feels when they are talking to them. How do they plan on
doing this? Well, by giving them a 'Heart' which reveals your
partner's mood or reception to what you're saying.
Altogether now, aaaaaaaah. Or should that be "Eeek"?
Does the future development of mobile technology scare or
excite you? have you come accross any other futuristic mobile
technology innovations? It would be interesting to hear your
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