And The Next Forty …

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mobile-phoneIt is forty years since Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first mobile phone call. The phone was definitely what we’ve referred to since as a ‘brick’.

In those 40 years, the developments have been astronomical. Now the average phone is a mere 4.5 inches long compared to the original 9 inches.

Now we can speak, text message, receive our emails, take and send photos and videos, find directions and of course browse the web. A number of Apps make it possible for us to do any number of other things too. Who’d have thought back then?

How will mobile phones develop now?

Which lead us to thinking about what the next developments will be? With every new model a company brings out, there is a bigger – or smaller – and better something. Searching for the answer to where mobile technology is going produced some interesting results.

The extremes

We could see our connections go from 4G now to a massive 14G – it will be fast!

Shared data is increasing fast too so we could see this reach the dizzy heights of 100m exabytes in the same period.  I know this only understandable to true geeks.

Smartphones could be replaced with contact lenses. You did read that correctly! Apparently scientists are working on LED embedded solar-powered lenses which would receive data direct.

If we still have the Smartphone it will probably have no touch facilities – we’re beginning to see this already.

Other technical developments

Already there are facilities to monitor our health via our mobile phones and there are many concept phones being unveiled.

Such as the Mobile Script Concept, a long and thin phone with a touch screen that hides a larger pull-out screen. It’s a bit like pulling up a projector screen. Once activated you have a laptop with a touch keyboard and space to write your messages or documents. It doesn’t need charging whilst you’re out and about either as its surface is covered in a nano material recharging the phone with sunlight.

Bracelet phones

Bendy screens: these OLED flexible screens are already in development. They are offering no end of possibilities to design and usable facilities from folding screens to … bracelets!

The prototype of the Tag phone concept made from a rubbery material can be bent and curled just how you want it. LG’s concept Helix phone is worn like a slap bracelet. It’s made from rubber with a stainless steel back. And the BenQSiemens phone also wraps round your wrist or hand.

The Liteon2006 is designed to wear as a bracelet which looks more glitzy and hinged rather than flexible.

The Nokia 888 Concept is fully flexible so you can wear it as a bracelet if you want but it can also fold over on itself if that is easier to carry in your pocket.

Nokia’s Morph concept demonstrates how we will be able to morph our mobiles into any shape and size we want. Can’t wait to see that one.

LG’s HiFi concept phone can be worn as a headset or folded in half.

All in all we’re in for some interesting and ever-evolving mobile phones in the future. With all these developments we’ll be reminded how important it is to have phone or for now iPhone insurance. These will make sure we can cover the hefty replacement costs should they be necessary.


By Rob Rudd

Rob Rudd is a keen gadgets man and enjoys researching his next purchase. When not spending money, he enjoys writing for several tech and gadgetry websites.


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