It´s crazy to think of how far technology has progressed in the past 100 years. To put this into perspective, the same computing power that put man on the moon can now fit into your pocket. The pressure to offer the most powerful device has led to companies releasing new phones every year, each one being just a bit better than the last. Because these changes are given to us incrementally we don’t often notice just how powerful these devices are becoming. The main focus of major cell phone companies is to make the device faster, more powerful or to improve the quality of the screen.
In all honesty we haven’t seen a truly revolutionary feature being introduced that changes the game for smartphones, the way the Apple did with its first smartphone device. This is about to change though as there are some seriously innovative ideas on the horizon which could possibly change the way we live and interact with one another.
Augmented reality and virtual reality have the potential to change the way we interact with the world. Augmented reality is defined as “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to add digital information on an image of something.” Whereas virtual reality is defined as “the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment.” To illustrate the potential of this technology we can look at the example of online casinos, more particularly mobile casinos. This industry has a history of being very accommodating to new technology and thus we should see more and more games being developed with this technology in mind. This is especially the case for brands focusing on mobile games, so operators like mFortune immediately come to mind who not only pride themselves on their mobile casino service, but also create their very own unique games.
Implementing AR technology enables you to project an image of an actual slot machine onto your living room floor. Using your phone to control the mechanisms of the slot machine the experience would not only be more realistic but ultimately more enjoyable. VR on the other hand can be used in mobile casinos to fully immerse the player into the casino experience. Virtual Reality glasses are already available and ready to use with many smart devices. The virtual experience of sitting inside a casino could possibly eliminate the need to go to a physical casino at all.
In terms of security the technology advancements being made are leaps ahead of what we have experienced in the past. Facial recognition will essentially replace all forms of security measures. Pin, fingerprint and iris scanners have all proven to be hackable. New technology, which doesn’t just scan facial features, but instead scans the contours of a person’s face and head are much harder to fool. The need for hack proof technology for our smartphones has become even more necessary because of the increased use of our mobile phones for transactions. People require watertight technology to ensure their personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Virtual assistants have fitted seamlessly into our lives.” Siri, what is the weather tomorrow” is said without thinking of a time when we had to look in the newspaper for our daily forecast. The future of virtual assistants, it seems, is a major focus for cellphone companies. The end goal, one would assume, is to have your own personal assistant that you can interact with, who can plan your day, authorise payments and even make suggestions to optimise your life based on its stored information about you.
These are just 3 examples, however the possibilities are endless. If we carry on this trajectory the future of mobile phone technology may be something we cannot comprehend right now. With some of the smartest minds in the world at work, fuelled by consumers demanding newer and better technology, the future of mobile technology is certainly going to be a sight to see.