Few technologies have conquered both the consumer and commercial sectors as much as the smartphone. Yet users have become seemingly disillusioned with the slowed down pace of innovation now the product has entered a mature phase in its lifecycle. What do manufacturers have in store to bring excitement back to the segment?
Wireless charging, where smartphones are no longer tethered to a charger or device, and charge instead using Wi-Fi like technology to charge anywhere, anytime will become ubiquitous. This leap forward will enable yet more innovations. If a smartphone could access unlimited power sent wirelessly, batteries need not store as much as they do now, enabling them to be smaller and more efficient, freeing up space for other innovations.
Transparent screens are still the stuff of sci-fi, but battery and chip innovations and moves to make glass a power source could make this dream a reality and provide endless possibilities for VR and 3-D.
AI and machine learning could deliver yet greater innovation: imagine instead of screens users view through contact lenses or physical implants wired directly to their brain. We would no longer type, instead a smartphone will be able to learn from its user and their immediate environment, becoming smarter over time so that it can predict who the user will want to talk with, what they’ll say or what they will do next and act accordingly.
Get more detail by clicking through to this Forbes article on the future for smartphones.