No, this is not science fiction and neither is it far-fetched. Many companies have already begun shipping out stand-alone AR products like the Google Glass. Microsoft is also experimenting with devices like the HoloLens. Make no mistake, augmented reality is happening, and smartphones are going to the prime platform targeted by major companies.
For the uninitiated, augmented reality uses the camera on your smartphone to bring up a heads-up-display that tracks and interacts with your surroundings. Thanks to the power of multicore processors and motion tracking cameras, the hardware is already there with existing smartphones. The only thing remaining now is development suitable software which is to be expected soon.
Next-Gen voice recognition
Speech recognition is already present in many smartphones today. However, expanding on this technology is going to be a major focus for research and development.
Samsung is already looking into the possibility of integrating speech recognition that can discern multiple language and pick out words, even when you are in a crowded and noisy room. More interesting is the ability for experimental voice recognition software’s to detect your mood. This is already being used in music apps to play songs that suits your feelings.
In its current state, voice recognition is in its infancy. Hence, there is definitely room for improvements whose impact we will see with the next generation phones.
We have seen foldable and 2-in-1 displays. But how about phone screens that you can literally bend and twist without breaking them? This is an idea many companies are looking into with great anticipation.
Flexible display has been integrated into some models, but they are not truly malleable in the sense that you can morph them in your hand. But soon, we will be seeing such screens that are as thin as a sheet of paper, and can be folded into your pockets or wrapped around your wrists. It is a very plausible evolution of the current display in our smartphones.
MIT has been researching wireless charging for more than a decade now. Finally, we are edging closer and closer to the possibility of seeing a product that utilizes it.
Wireless charging uses magnets and electric fields to power up your phones without the need for plug-in adapters. One example of such product is a tabletop mat that feels like a foam. Simply place your phone on top of it and it will begin charging. The reason we haven’t been seeing wireless chargers take over the market is because they are still expensive. But give it a few more years to let engineers come up with cheaper solutions and soon every house will have one.