The Mobile World Congress is upon us and coming to Barcelona, Spain that will unveil the latest mobile technologies and smartphones in the coming years. As a preview to the Mobile World Congress, CNN Tech announced a special report Feb. 21. 2013, detailing the future of smartphone technology and design.
- A 3-D display for your smartphone device: Gone will be the days of having to put on bulky glasses to view 3-D displays and squinting to view the webpages on your smartphone screen. The smart phone screens of the future will have displays that stick out from the screen in 3-D. Instead of a viewing a basic webpage, pictures of a store, or a house you will be able go into the environment of the store, house, etc and move around viewing it as a 3-D environment.
- Biometric Security will replace all passwords: This is the feature that the world has been yearning for since we all had to remember more than one password on the Internet. Instead of typing in your password to every website, you will be able to access the websites and your sensitive data using multiple biometric authentications. Examples of this include, touching the screen and the device recognizing your finger print, specific voice recognition since we all have a different sounding voice, and the smartphones front camera will use facial recognition to authenticate you. The facial recognition unlock is currently used in current models of smartphones.
- Wireless Payments on your smartphone will replace your wallet: Certain major retailers are starting to accept credit cards and payments by way of your smartphone device. Google Wallet is the beginning of this technology that currently accepts Citi Master card and will eventually accept all major credit cards in the future. Also, Pay Pal recently announced their version of paying with your smartphone securely at the store. With Pay Pal and Google Wallet you will never have to bring your credit card to the store again. This technology is made possible by NFC.
- Siri and Google Voice will get smarter: Siri and Google Voice will become more complex and be able to recognize ultra specific commands, users preferences, and dislikes. Also, Siri and Google Voice will eventually get an avatar or a digital face to represent them to the user. In addition, the user will be able to choose the specific personality of Siri and Google Voice, with celebrities licensing their faces to become your personal smartphone assistant.
- Some Smartphones will not need screens: The smartphone screen will not completely disappear from the mobile device. The user will have two options. One to have their normal smartphone with a screen setup. The second will have the smartphone display its information without the screen as a popup 3-D image like in Star Trek and Star Wars.
- Your smartphone will connect to everything: The smartphone will be an unlimited connection to everything in the world with a smart surface. The world is already seeing a few examples of smart surfaces. Touch screen table top computers that use your voice to browse the internet and use the computer. The user will place their mobile device on the smart surface and it will link instantly with the computer by Bluetooth. Furthermore, your virtual assistant Siri or Google Voice will appear on the smart surface computer to guide you through its usage and to find exactly what you are looking for.
These are the top trends to watch in smartphones in the next ten years. The world may also see aspects and examples of these technologies at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, which is the biggest event of the year for smartphones.
Smartphones in ten years and beyond
These are numerous designs and styles from designers all over the world for the smartphones of the future. These designs look similar and almost exact to the devices we have seen in Star Trek, Star Wars, Minority Report, and numerous other Sci-Fi films from the past.
The Philips Fluid concept phone
The Philips Fluid concept phone by Brazilian designer Dinard de Mata has a bendy organic light-emitting diode, which means it can be wrapped around the wrist as a watch or bracelet or used like a regular mobile phone. (Daniel Burrus CNN Tech)”
The Kamabala phone
Russian designer Ilshat Garipov’s Kambala phone has a centerpiece that can be popped out and used to clip the phone to the ear. This phone has the camouflage qualities of a chameleon: As an earpiece it changes color to imitate your skin. “(Daniel Burrus/ CNN Tech)
The Maple Phone
At first glance Ryan Harc’s Maple Phone is nothing but a block of wood. But, sensitive to touch, it transforms into a sleek mobile phone with slide-out display, mp3 player and digital camera. “(Daniel Burrus/CNN Tech)
The Radia Concept phone
For American designer Michael Laut, the Radia concept phone is all about simplicity: Sleek, circular, transparent, touch-sensitive and small enough to slide in his top pocket. (Daniel Burrus/CNN Tech)
The Mobile Script phone
Ukrainian designer Aleksandr Mukomelov’s Mobile Script phone has one traditional touchscreen and one extendable, flexible screen that stiffens with electric current, perfect for watching films and sending emails.”(Daniel Burrus/CNN Tech)
The Rotatable screen phone with light projector
This mobile phone-cum-projector by Italian designer Stefano Casanova has a rotatable screen with a micro-light projector that allows users to view their display on any flat surface. (Daniel Burrus/CNN Tech)
The Bubble phone
Korean designer Seunggi Baek’s Bubble Phone gives users the best of two worlds. It has a full-length touchscreen on one side and a raised bubble keypad on the reverse. The screen is transparent so users can flip the phone and use it whichever way they want. (Danie Burrus/CNN Tech)
iPhone Pro phone
Jinyoung Choi’s iPhone Pro concept was designed with photography aficionados in mind. It comes with a detachable DSLR lens, speaker/microphone and projector. “(Daniel Burruss/CNN Tech)
Russian designer Kamil Izrailov’s multi-faceted Mobikoma is made from multiple blocks that fasten together with micro locks. Each block can then be used individually or collectively as a phone or tablet.” (Daniel Burrus/CNN Tech)