Do you remember the first mobile phone you ever owned and where you bought it from? What was the biggest feature on the phone? Technology has come a long way since then. Today’s smartphones have large touchscreen displays, impressive cameras, and high-tech features like 3D facial recognition. While phones were primarily used for making calls back in the day, now we use them for things like listening to music, browsing the web, playing games, and watching cat videos on YouTube.
We can’t help but think about what will smartphones of the future look like? What features will these devices have in 20, 30, or even 50 years that seem like science fiction today? This is a 6 part series of what we think phones would look like in the future.
- Mind control
Back in the day, the main way of using a phone was a physical keypad. This was eventually replaced by the touchscreens we use today. With services like Google Assistant and Samsung Bixby, we can now interact with our devices just by using our voices.
We think that the next step in this evolution is mind control. The technology would allow you to perform every task you can do via touch or voice with your mind. You could open an app of choice, play a specific video on some futuristic version of YouTube, and even edit images with your thoughts. You could also send a text, control the screen brightness, or create a movie from the videos you’ve captured.
Using smartphones would be a lot faster with mind control. You would no longer have to search for an app to open it or stretch your finger all the way to the top of the screen to tap it. You could perform any task in a heartbeat.
It’s still a long time when something like this would become a reality, but scientists are making progress in this field. Facebook is developing technology that would allow people to type with their minds. The typing speed targeted is 100 words per minute, which is about five times faster when compared to typing on our smartphones.
Scientists at MIT are also working on something similar to a device called AlterEgo, which lets the user interact with machines with only their thoughts.
Even though the idea of using a smartphone with your thoughts seems crazy now, it just may become a thing in years to come.