As more and more experts claim the smartphone has reached the zenith of its evolution, it can be increasingly difficult to imagine how it could possibly be improved. Now that we’ve achieved wireless charging, powerful cameras, faster processors, and unlimited data, it may seem like the future of your smartphone is already here.
Alas, the answer may not be upgrades to your mobile device, but to how you interact with it.
Recent studies show that non-tap inputs such as gestures are dramatically on the rise. The majority of cell phone users today who may have felt “silly” speaking to their cell phones in the past are now quite comfortable with both verbal and nonverbal interaction, and are welcoming the opportunity to embrace additional touch-free inputs.
We’re living in an age of software explosion with new, incredibly useful apps being created every day. These apps are having a huge impact on how we live, work, and play.
For example, the new medical app created by uMotif allows you to track your symptoms in real team using your smartphone. This eliminates the need for your doctor to inquire about your symptoms since your last visit. The app itself provides your healthcare professional with substantially more accurate data which can be used to diagnose and treat your ailment.
With the rise of commercially accessible (and affordable) VR devices like Google Cardboard, virtual reality is becoming mainstream at a breakneck pace. VR headsets are rapidly evolving along with how they are being used.
Facebook’s recently launched VR app called “Spaces” is a testament to the company’s belief in the widespread adaptation of virtual reality. Facebook’s two billion dollar purchase of Oculus in 2014 is a clear indication of how much the company believes in VR’s future as they attempt to make hanging out with friends online more personal than ever before.
From smartwatches to Google Glass, wearable tech is becoming increasingly available (although not always practical). And although invasive devices like Google Glass have quickly fallen out of favor, wearable tech that is easy to wear or has a highly specialized function is catching like wildfire. (It is worth noting, however, that according to the Wall Street Journal, Google Glass is making an attempt at a comeback, teaming up with Italian eyewear maker Luxottica to create a new version of the device.)
One of the most impressive examples of new, easy-to-wear tech was recently demonstrated at SXSW. Levi’s “smart” denim jacket, which was made in partnership with Google’s Project Jacquard, uses conductive fibers in its sleeve to create a touch-responsive surface that can send commands to your smartphone.
Whether you’re hanging out with friends in VR, sporting the latest Fitbit, or asking Siri for directions, it’s clear that your dependence on your smartphone is steadfast and that your future together is a bright one.