How will Smart devices evolve in the next 5 years?

1 Nov 2017 12:51:22

How will Smart devices evolve in the next 5 years?

Its suddenly been a very long time since everyone was carrying a small plastic Nokia phone. The iPhone, which set the trend all modern handsets, will soon be 11 years old but Mobile phones are no longer evolving in big leaps. The iPhone X arguably offers us some incremental improvements but nothing ground breaking, so what is coming next?

As is being demonstrated by the ‘same again please’ iPhone 8 and other hero designs, there is not much left makers can do to improve on the recent generations of smartphone. Instead, all the big tech players are spending billions on research for the next big thing. 

 

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Ticking down to smarter watches

Since no company is certain what will be popular next, they are experimenting along various lines. The most obvious of these is the smartwatch, which is slowly gaining popularity. Now Apple's latest Watch product features 4G connection, people can use it, for short periods, as they would their phone. If battery technology continues to improve, a watch could eventually replace the phone, and users could enjoy a phone-free life. That's what the likes of Microsoft believe when they talk about a post-smartphone world.

Smart glasses can have a big future

For people who need to see information, the next step could be augmented reality glasses. Google tried and failed with its early Goggles project, but Apple and others are hard at work on smartglasses that could show information beamed onto the lenses for the user to read. The augmented features mean people could see direction markers to their destination, interesting promotions from stores as they pass by and other potentially useful information. 

Many niche brands of smart glasses already exist, for sportsmen, racing cyclists and so on, while emergency service and military-grade products are being developed to help people in those roles get the information they need straight to their eyes when every second counts. 

Smart clothing is also on the horizon

While watches and glasses can help give us information, smart clothing could help tell people more about us. Smart bedclothes can read patient's medical signs better than expensive wires and monitors currently do, at a lower cost. Smart clothes can adapt to the climate to keep us warm or cool as necessary, act as a safety vest when needed, and so on. 

Whatever happens next, the results need to be simple and able to mould seamlessly into our lifestyles. That's what Steve Jobs focused on when he presented the iPhone to the world, and since then many at Apple and other companies have lost that focus and are trying to overcomplicate products. Any or all of these products could help people in the near future, but they need to be simple and the technology needs to be invisible. If any of them could do that, Jobs would be impressed by the achievement, although convinced he would have done it better.

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dom bryant

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