Telecommunications experts believe that future mobile technology will be much more powerful, with long-lasting batteries and new screen formats, such as flexible or virtual screens. Voice recognition will be users’ favorite method of entering data in 2020. It’s spine-chilling to think that microphones or headphones will possibly be under our skin, underneath nail polish or under our dental filling.
Wearable mobile technology is definitely the future of mobile technology. Seven years is a relatively short period of time, but if we are talking about mobile technology seven years might seem as an eternity. If we think about what happened seven years ago in the world of mobile technology, we will remember that it was the year when the iPhone emerged and all other mobile phones became obsolete.
At that time, mobile applications or cloud technology were unexplored fields. There was no Twitter and no WhatsApp. None of the things we use to communicate nowadays. The smartphone concept as we currently understand it (an object that we always carry around in our pockets) will soon take other forms.
If you look around you, you will see that it has already started. I mean all the smart watches and smart glasses that are available currently on the market. In the following years these gadgets will change their anatomy, changing into dental fillings, tattoos or button covers.
Smartphones’ glass screens will be considered relics as soon as electroluminescent polymers prove their abilities. Telecommunications experts are sure that in the future holograms will be a regular thing. Sound and image will break all technical barriers and users will be able to call each other and communicate like princess Leia with Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO and Luke Skywalker. There will be no large screen wars when we’ll be able to talk through holograms.
It’s difficult not to include science-fiction when thinking about the future of mobile technology. Augmented reality will continue evolving in the following years, so users will be used to live surrounded by virtual environments.
Motorola Mobility, for instance, has recently patented a mobile system that’s implanted under the skin of the neck (where it can better capture human voice). What’s not so fun about this gadget is that it can detect when the user is lying by analyzing his nervous alterations.
Mobile technology will allow to identify its user’s identity much more efficiently than current passports do. Credit cards will also become obsolete when mobile payments will take over. Biometrics (voice, fingerprint or retina) will come to replace PIN codes and passwords. In October 2013 Apple actually launched an iPhone model (iPhone 5S) that included fingerprint ID recognition, but as it was discovered, it had many flaws.
Biometrics for mobile
Google has gone one step further in wearable tech: the company has applied for a patent for a multi-sensor contact lens system. Details of this new desirable gadget, which was filed late December, were published last month by the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to Patent Bold.
With this contact lens we will be able to control smartphones and Google Glass by blinking. Impressive, don’t you think so?
These contact lenses have a structure plenty of sensors, which activation depends on the user’s eye blinks. Of course, it is understood that it is not an automatic eye blinking but rather a voluntary blink, something like winking.
They have been developed to control glucose levels and have caused furor among all the people who suffers from diabetes, because it can be their lifes much easier.
Biometrics Passwords and Wearable Devices
It is predicted that beometrics will be mainstream on mobile devices by the end of 2015 and will start being used a lot on wearable devices during the second half of 2014. Initially fingerprints sensors should integrate into high-end tablets and smartphones, then other biometric technologies will follow the process
Wearable devices like bands, smart watches and glasses have a great potential to support biometrical technology for authentification. Apple will probably integrate fingerprint solution or heartbeat recognition into iWatch later this year.
- It is easier to use than conventional technologies, the authentication becomes convenient.
- Passwords are not really secure so they cannot be considered suitable.
- Payments: one of the most important drivers for the adoption of wearable biometrics that can provide the customers strong authentication solutions. (Remember, the ground-breaking move of Galaxy S5 when they introduced fingerprint biometrics for PayPal?)
- Good Technology and AirWatch are already replacing PIN-numbers and passwords by mobile biometrics
- It is the universal authenticator for people interacting with connected devices (the Internet of Things)