My dream for the future of the mobile space. "Let's dream together!"
I didn't get a chance to listen to the Vergecast live, so I didn't get a chance to call in about the seriously thought provoking "what is your dream about the future of tech". It's probably a good idea I didn't call in. 1. I'm in the UK. 2. I would have had too much to say.
First of all, 2 announcements: First, I'm biased towards seamless integration. Second, the thing holding us back will always be our fear, and lack of effort to learn about, the unknown. Oh and companies arguing over standards. With that out of the way, let's crack on!
I love tech, but damn we have a long way to go! Starting with our devices, I look around my table and I see too many wires. Some will be around for a while. but fortunately technology is slowly moving towards banishing the majority of appliance wires. There were rumours about the Galaxy S III (yes I know we don't know if it's called that!) having wireless charging. You know what? I will either Apple or Samsung built it into their next device(s). Especially Apple. This is because right now, Apple are one of the few companies to force a massive market shift into an obviously cool and amazing piece of tech. The tech is already out there but there is no standard and no one willing to really shift any of the versions in large numbers. And let's be honest, wireless charging is more likely to happen than a change in battery technology. Until I can come home, put my mobile device on the table, and it just charge and transfer information, then every mobile device is boring.
Imagine Microsoft Surface mixed with a charging mat. In every house the only things that are physically plugged in are the surfaces/tables. Developments in wireless radios mean all portable devices can communicate without interference and health issues. NFC technology remains to keep certain data transfer more secure.
Seamless, unintrusive information on tap
Right now we have Google search on pretty much every mobile device out there. Cool. But not enough. Motorola touched on it with their Atrix and Asus have revisited the idea with their Padfone. Now, I wouldn't buy any of these devices, but ver. 2? Who knows, I think they are an amazing glance at a future where we potentially have 2 computing cores: 1 cloud and and 1 on us. We are on the cusp of that right now but disparate ecosystems and philosophies make it a distant dream. I have a Galaxy Nexus and I love the way I can sync my Chrome bookmarks between desktop and Nexus. But it's very far from enough. Apple's Airplay again, really great stuff. But again, very far from enough.
Why can I not finish work, pick up my mobile device, read whatever I want on my way home, do work or play games, then when I get home, I slide my device onto my office table and a mix of local sync and cloud sync occurs so that when I touch on my desktop computer (I do a lot of photography work) or pick up my tablet, I log in if need be, and I have all the data ready for my to do whatever I want within the ability of the device I'm holding or looking at.
In fact, why are most of the devices we use on display when we don't need them?
... is rubbish! Well, when you think about where it could be. Right now my TV is off. I can still see it. Why? It's taking up visual space it doesn't need to. Samsung displayed their amazing smart window at CES 2012. It was probably a better screen than my current TV! I should be able to come in, touch on the TV when I need it, then when I don't, it goes back to looking like it did - part of the damn wall! "What about the people that have their TV's in the corner?" I hear you ask. Flexible displays anyone? Pop them out when you need them, push them into the corner like wallpaper when you don't. Of course, holographic projections would solve all of that.
Internet delivered TV shows or films also sucks. Hurry up fibre! We need a solid infrastructure so we can start delivering uncompromised on demand TV. I don't even understand why there is Apple/Google/Smart TV. Why does the TV not function, at the very least, as an extension of the home devices so no matter where the file is you want to play, you can just select an output and the computing power will be handled by the client device. Each device would have it's own simply electronic monitor or computing core.
Google @ home?
I don't really care who's at home. But it would be nice if I could look at my mobile device and right now start the kettle boiling for some ... let's be stereotypical and say tea. Hell, it would be nice if the imaginary RFID tags on my food packets told my fridge (Samsung smart window on the front of course) what I have and what I don't have so that I can check what I may need when I'm out as my fridge will be connected to the internet of things. Yeah I said it!
I'm sure RFID could be used to help things like recycling and such. Because right now we suck at that too and let's stop pretending that resources are infinite and thinking about things like this is for the tree huggers.
We really push forward with out mobile device cores and our computer cores. Do more with less. Maybe things need to be a little more modular. Maybe. Maybe we need to think of how we can reclaim all the materials we use and dash in the bin. In the Vergecast they touched, at length, on 3D printers. Well, if we can have rudimentary constructions from a construction material, can we develop a technology that can separate material at almost a particle level so it can be reclaimed?
And will someone please make me the opposite of a damn microwave!
I have a kid's birthday party to host and I can't fit all the drinks in the fridge!
Ok. That's it. I'm done. Your turn to dream.