The Future of Smartphones
With the busy world that we live in today, we often take for granted just how incredible the average smartphone truly is. These small devices are many times more powerful than the computer used to send people to the moon, it can allow us to chat to anybody around the world instantly, it allows us to play just about any type of 3D game imaginable, and it has an assortment of tools that were once larger than smartphones are today.
But like with all modern technology, smartphones are a work in progress, and we are going to see them undergo a number of changes over the coming years. Almost all of these changes are being designed to benefit the user and make their smartphone experience more convenient.
- Smartphones Will Recognise People
Security has always been at the forefront of modern tech, and smartphone developers in particular have played with a number of ways to improve device security. From simple code locks to advanced fingerprint scanning integrated into the touchscreen, it’s mostly been a hit and miss.
But facial recognition is expected to be the new golden standard of mobile security. Phones and tablets that are able to recognise the intricate details of their user’s face, as well as the contours of the face and head. It will be an extremely difficult software to fool.
- Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) is a term that has been thrown around a lot in the last few years. While it’s similar in many ways to virtual reality, AR has a much wider practical use for everyday tasks. One such would be going to the shop, scanning an item, and seeing how that item would look in a room at home.
Other possibilities exist, such as having live, augmented information displays over the various types of food products sold at the shops, such as nutritional information. We may even see AR become part of certain games, or be used when calculating NRL Premiership odds to add an extra layer of interactivity.
We’re starting to see a shift in the way that smartphones are made. Traditionally, they are rigid structures with a glass touchscreen, and either glass or plastic bodies. But new phones are being developed that consist of flexible glass that comprises both the screen and the body. These will be phones that can be folded and placed into a smaller pocket. The technology behind this is called Graphene Glass, and it’s part of a long line of breakthroughs that are being made with the incredible material of graphene.
- Wireless Charging
The concept of wireless charging is now new, and there are already wireless charging docks that exist, but the technology is still quite limited. It’s believed that future phone batteries will last much, much longer, and will be fully charged within minutes, all wirelessly. We’re much closer to this technology than most of the others, and should see wireless charging becoming much more widely used over the next few years.