We have come a long way from the release of the first mainstream smartphones in 2007.
Features that were once flagship exclusive like a fingerprint scanner and multi-rear camera setup are easily available in any Samsung phone under 10000. And with recent technological advancements, it seems that new mobile innovations continue to keep us glued to our phones. These phones are evolving at exponential rates, and here are 5 ways in which the upcoming phones will be a lot smarter than the ones we are using right now.
This sounds a little crazy, but scientists have found ways of transmitting low energy levels through the air. Companies like Energous and Ossia use radio frequencies to transmit electricity, while rival Wi-Charge uses laser-free infrared light. With charging batteries being one of the most prominent problems of efficiency in smartphones, this will change the way we use our phones right now. The good thing is that Energous claims that this kind of “Wi-Charge” technology will not expose the human body to more radiation.
We are already used to phones having 4-5 cameras at the back. But one camera maker called Light takes it to a whole new level by adding an astounding 9 camera lenses at the back of a smartphone. Even today’s phones are comparable to traditional DSLRs in one way or another, with this mammoth of a camera powered with processing might give a tough competition to the lowered SLRs and DSLRs.
Although it is still in development stages, the maker claims it will outperform shots taken from other premium smartphone devices. Well, with this we can expect phone cameras to be more refined, and take better night photos and general photography/videography.
- Changing colours
Once we buy a smartphone, the only way to customize the way it looks is via applying a skin or a cover. Imagine a smartphone made from a glass-like substance that reflects light in its entirely translucent back. It will have one or more LED lights inside, whose colours can be changed in the phone settings. By choosing orange, the whole back cover absorbs the light’s colours entirely and remains the same, just like it is painted over.
- Optimal Foldability
Till now, the only good foldable phones to buy are Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and Motorola Razr 5G. These smartphones are good in terms of what they are trying to achieve — foldability to save space. They’ve mostly received positive reviews all around the globe, a key point of appreciation being able to occupy less space when not in use.
This raises the question of how the form factor of upcoming phones will evolve. A company named BOE unveiled a 7.5-inch device that was nicknamed “phoneblet”, which can be folded into a phone and a tablet seamlessly without splitting or shattering. It was also featured in HBO’s show Westworld where characters were seen using the same “phoneblet”-like device to control robots.
Glasses are the “next big thing” the tech community will depend on because it can keep us online even when we’re not looking down at the screen. We’ve seen products such as Google Glass that didn’t take off. What comes next might be Google Glass on steroids. We might just need a pair of glasses to connect with our smartphones to assist us throughout the day. The possibilities are endless and it leaves us questioning whether we would even need a smartphone in the future.