Smartphones will soon become smarter. Somewhat around a few decades ago, mobile phones were only a fraction of what modern smartphones are. Since then, technology has come a long way. At the time, it was primarily used for making phone calls but is now used for listening to music, browsing the internet, playing games, and watching cat videos on YouTube.
Today’s smartphones have high-tech features like a large touchscreen, a great camera, and 3D facial recognition. But, in the next decade, a few advancements in the smartphone industry might bring in crazy features and entirely alter the meaning of what we know about smartphones.
Here are 5 crazy features that might revolutionize smartphones in the future:
1. Artificial Intelligence
The modern smartphone now incorporates AI via cameras, voice commands, AR/VR functionality, facial recognition, and many more functions. Currently, AI is incorporated in different Google functions like the Search Engine, Google Photos, Google Workspace, and many other internet utilities.
You see, cameras have the function of AI sensors which readily detects objects for focus. You may capture background-blurred portraits that are more stunning, thanks to artificial intelligence. For instance, some tools can recognize a wide range of sights, such as pictures of cats or dogs, sunsets, text, blue skies, and snowy landscapes. That’s not to mention face recognition, which can recognize the individuals in the pictures you shoot and identify them.
To generate such a work of art, we must build a scene’s depth map on the same principles as human eyes. We cannot produce this result with a normal camera; hence very clever software is required – a program that takes the greatest pictures for us even though we are not professional photographers.
Not only in cameras, but there are other uses of AI in the future smartphones. AI will be in-built into the processor chips that will make your phone work like magic. Isn’t it a crazy feature?
The phrase “neural engine” is frequently used for processor chips, and it is accurate to say that all data processing depends on chips. Imagine the automation of your smartphone chips! Because they are built for quick data processing, the most cutting-edge phones contain hardware tailored to support the complete AI process.
Though you might not be immediately aware of it, AI supports decision-making. A person is thought to make about 35,000 decisions each day and spend more than 2.5 hours per day looking at their phone. With AI and machine learning, computers “learn” from the preferences and behaviors of the users through data sets. They then translate this knowledge into suggestions through many applications.
All this AI assistance sounds fun, but can a device survive the enormous battery drain with such advancements? With that being said, we move to our next crazy feature.
2. Remote Charging
The battery backup of a typical smartphone is terrible; let’s face it. Even if you have a high-end smartphone with a big 5,000mAh battery, you’re still only looking at two days of regular use. When the battery runs out, you must either plug it in or set it down on a wireless charging station if your phone allows it.
Have you wondered how charging will revolutionize in the future? Remote charging is the new tomorrow! How does it happen? Electromagnetic induction makes wireless charging feasible. You no longer need cords to charge a gadget since it may exchange electrical energy between two items using a magnetic field, such as a charger and a smartphone.
Since Nikola Tesla’s demonstration of a massive transmitter coil lighting far-off incandescent electric bulbs to astonish audiences more than a century ago, wireless power across distance has proven feasible. A tiny transmitter panel could operate a wireless light bulb up to 30 feet away through the room. A whole different game is played when that technology is incorporated into consumer goods we can buy!
The Motorola air-to-air charging system, which can charge devices up to one meter away from the charging transmitter, was unveiled last year. Xiaomi demonstrated a comparable method with a few-meter radius named Mi Air Charge. But how advanced will this become in the next decade?
Imagine a day in the future when these transmitters are far more potent and capable of charging gadgets far away in the air. They could be positioned across nations, similar to how mobile phone towers are now, and would continuously charge your smartphone from a distance, ensuring that it never runs out of energy.
Thanks to these powerful charging transmitters, the battery on your smartphone will always be at 100%. You could finally say goodbye to all those annoying charging wires and would never have to bother about battery life again.
3. Graphene Body
Almost everybody in the electronics sector has hailed graphene as a “wonder substance” since it was developed for practical use in 2004. It is more than 200 times tougher than steel while being thin, light, flexible, and transparent. In terms of electrical conductivity, it ranks among the greatest materials, which makes it perfect for application in electronic equipment.
Smartphone designs that use graphene might be made to be transparent, bendable, ultra-thin, and nearly indestructible. Graphene applications in mobile technology could be wide-ranging and affect everything from flexible transparent screens to next-generation batteries that could last much longer and charge faster than any existing technology through resilient phone cases and incredibly potent processors.
Yes, this is the future of smartphones where the bodies would look like glass panels while you can easily operate them like normal phones. It will also give rise to a technological breakthrough in this sector by giving rise to stretchable phones. We already have foldable phones and tablets on the market, but this is different.
You would stretch out a phone to make it bigger, much like a rubber band, instead of unfolding it for a larger screen. All you would need to do is pull the phone diagonally from two of its corners! Crazy. The next feature would be crazier, I swear!
4. No SIM cards
Although manufacturers have made every attempt to make SIM cards smaller, they still have a very 1990s feel about them. SIM, which means Subscriber Identity Module, essentially gives users a sense of identity by clearly identifying their demands and determining whether they qualify for certain services or not.
However, Apple and Samsung are working to eliminate SIM cards from the real world by introducing an electronic alternative. Apple may be preparing to make a significant change by utilizing the eSIM feature on the iPhone 15 Pro, which is expected to be released in 2023. Business insiders say Apple will ditch the iPhone’s actual SIM card slot.
You’ll effectively be able to move between telecom operators smoothly if your phone has a programmable SIM built-in without requiring you to get a new SIM card. The technology is rumored to be included in future smartphones as soon as next year. It should be very helpful for anyone who wishes to set up a local number when traveling or residing overseas.
You can imagine a future where criminal tracking becomes real because just removing a SIM card from a handset wouldn’t disable it from the radar. Furthermore, the exterior designs would incur less production cost for manufacturers and be cheaper for end customers like us. But at what cost?
If this leads to the re-enablement of cloning, that will be the trouble. In the 1990s, providers in the US faced cloning. Several phone types at the time allowed the ESN to be changed with just a cord and some software. As a result of having to reimburse individuals for costly international phone calls placed on “cloned” phones, they ended up losing millions in income.
Nobody wants to go back there. The tower software of today disables both phones if the same SIM identification is found on two different phones. How would you feel if your phone stopped working one day and your carrier told you there was nothing they could do about it? If they can’t prevent cloning, this technology might cost people worth more than just money!
5. Phones Controlled By Mind
A physical keypad was the primary method of utilizing a phone in the past. Eventually, touchscreens like the ones we have today took their place. With the help of tools like Google Assistant, we can now communicate with our gadgets just by speaking. We can even wave and make gestures to communicate with our phones. I bet this is the most interesting feature of a futuristic smartphone till now!
What if we don’t have to speak and operate smartphones through our thoughts? Therefore, in my opinion, mind control is the next stage in this process.
You could use the technology to carry out whatever action you could carry out with speech or touch with your mind. You might use your mind to alter photographs, play a certain movie on some contemporary version of YouTube, and launch the app of your preference. You may also send texts, manage the screen’s brightness, or make a movie from the movies you’ve recorded. You get the idea.
Accessing smartphones would become a lot faster with mind control. Opening an app no longer requires you to look and pull down the top of the screen with your finger. You could do any task in an instant.
Though we’re still a significantly long way from making something like this a reality, researchers are making strides in this area. In 2017, Facebook’s Building 8 division worked on a system that let users type with their minds. However, by the end of 2018, Building 8 was closed as the business failed.
MIT researchers are also working on a similar project using a tool called AlterEgo that enables users to communicate with robots merely through their thoughts. Because the project has been in progress for some time, it will take some time to debut. But if it succeeds, it will cause a massive change in the smartphone business!
Will Smartphones Even Exist In The Future?
The most futuristic scenarios for the next ten years depict a world in which phones are ubiquitous rather than something we carry. As we can see, future cell phones could not even be exactly smartphones. These gadgets could adopt an overall different form factor that will let us carry out more functions than what is now possible on smartphones.
Imagine having rooms in your house with smart devices, automatic display curtains, lamps, and who knows what else is network-connected and prepared to carry out whatever requests you would have made of your phone! Think about the functions Google Homes can play in replacing smartphones in the future.
You can talk and walk around the house doing chores while your AI home takes care of all the work calls and texts received without looking into a device. Even if not eliminated, the phones might not physically look like what they are today.
Standard glasses might replace smartphones in their present form. I know that failed products such as Google Glass have already been launched. But the item I’m thinking of goes beyond Google’s side project. It is much like Iron Man’s futuristic face shield, which is controllable in the blink of an eye. All the information, music, sending texts, and even taking calls are made possible through these futuristic glasses.
The glasses would make use of Bone Conduction Technology or another cutting-edge technology. Naturally, it would include a camera in the spectacles. When you wish to snap a photo, a frame displaying the respective scene that the camera will record will appear in front of your eyes. The photograph will capture if you mentally say the word “snap.”
In 2017, Elon Musk established a business named Neuralink that specializes in “neural lace” technology. To connect directly with machines, it is planned to implant tiny electrodes inside human brains. Although Neuralink is reportedly on pace to conduct the first human testing by the end of 2022, the current state of the innovation is still far from my irrational expectations. Let’s wait patiently and see any future evolutions for ourselves!
In the future, everything will be interconnected, and our cellphones — or whatever takes their place — can interact with practically anything easily. There can be many more coming in the future, and who knows what top-notch technology breakthroughs would bring into existence.
That concludes my ideas on what I hope the future of smartphones beholds. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the crazy features the smartphone of the future might offer! It’s your turn now.
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