Technology is a funny thing. Not “ha-ha” funny, though, more like “just when you think I can’t progress anymore, I am making a leap forward” funny. It is true that technology constantly progresses and this progression seems to be gaining geometric proportions. This is especially true for mobile technology. Just think about all the advances of the last 20 years. Just 20 years ago, we had “the brick” – those big, heavy, clunky phones hotshots were carrying around thinking they were better than the rest of us (and in a way they were, because, invariably not everyone could’ve afforded them, so at least in a financial regard they had a justification to be full of themselves). As time passed, these devices were getting smaller but were irrevocably limited in their functionality. However, the inexorable and rampant development of mobile technologies set them free, and before we knew it, everyone was walking around with a the newest smartphones that give you access to the Internet, remind you of your mother’s birthday and the anniversary with your girlfriend, enabling you to chat with your friends and all time and completely escape the eventuality of doing anything productive, as well as listening to music, watching videos and tons of other activities. But this is just the beginning, folks. If history has taught us anything, it is that the best part of the development of these technologies is just around the corner.
No matter how good, big or powerful smartphones become, they still suffer from a fundamental design flaw – they are easy to break. One wrong move, one moment of not paying attention or a lapse of judgment, and your 500 dollar toy is gone.
However, flexible displays will change that fact. Most future mobile technology will not be based on the screens we now know and hate, but one a new generation of bendable screen that will be much more shock-resistant. The technology exists today, but it’s still in a pretty early stage of development. Making it smaller and more mobile will be a bit of a challenge, but I think that we will see it in action within our lifetimes.
Another aspect of smartphones that angers me more than it should is their inaptitude to work over prolonged periods of time. The battery charges of the devices are unable to support these giant displays and somewhat powerful processors so you end up having to charge up your battery basically every day. This is a problem if you’re forgetful (like me) so you can easily understand my frustration. However, there are already technologies being developed that will enable your li-ion battery to charge about 10 times faster and work 10 times longer. This is going to be interesting, indeed, and I’m sure the field will advance so much that at some point no charging will be involved at all.
Of course, carrying your phone in your pocket or bag is one thing, but wearing it on your hand, having easy access to it at all times, is another thing altogether. We can see this already happening – there are already smartwatches that enable you to check your Twitter and Facebook, send emails, measure your heartbeat and many, many more. This is going to become a tendency and soon most of your arm will be covered by a flexible display you will be able to use just like you use your personal computer or laptop now. Not only that, but with the microprocessors getting smaller, it’s going to be much more powerful, with an extended battery life. What a time it would be…
Author Bio: Rose is passionate blogger keen on topics about technology and Internet. She currently works as a web designer of http://www.perfectcleaning.org.uk/end-of-tenancy-cleaning-kentish-town-nw5/ and she loves her job.