Mobile devices, such as cell phone, PDA, and smart phones become more and more humanized in the recent years. In the future, mobile phones will evolve into a more personalized and interactive device.
Touch screened cell phone will be prevailed at 2015. As technology is improving, touch screened mobile phones will be produced at a much lower cost, so that almost everyone can afford one (like an iphone). Also, mobile phones at this time will have better and faster Internet access, and users can surf almost everything they want instantly by just using cell phones (Ryenlung, 2009). Mobile phone will act more like a computer but with specific and unique functions which a cell phone is having right now—voice calls and SMS.
In 2015, users can take a photo of a restaurant on the streets and surf the web to find information about this restaurant. The mobile phone will be able to tell them when the restaurant will be open, what ratings other customers give, or whether the users want to make a reservation or not (Digee98, 2007). So, if a student wants to but a book in a book store, he or she can find the book instantly on the Internet with the cheapest price and make a payment through a cell phone.
Though mobile phones are like little laptops, computers are still superior to mobile phones because computers can store far more files, web pages, applications and programs. However, in 2020, mobile phones can also store as many files as a laptop. Users will be able to send emails, store hundreds of movies, TV shows, images, videos and books in their cell phones.
Moreover, cell phones will be used as a learning tool in schools in 2020. Students now are different from the ones in the past and they tend to be less engaged in traditional classes (OnOttButton, 2009). Students in the future will also prefer an interactive and collaborative learning environment. So, in order to do this, designers and scientists invent many new technologies and mobile phone can be one of them. Teachers will have a list of their students’ cell phone numbers, and text questions to them. Then students will answer these questions directly through sending messages back. At 2020, cell phones will become more user-friendly. If teachers want to divide students into groups, sending different messages to each group will be an easy task (Prensky, 2005). Students can also text messages to their friends in different classes for information, and students can have their own way to organize information and contact list.
Why do people have so many cards and monitors? Things like a TV remote control, DVD remote control, credit card, debit card, electronic dictionary, PDA, etc. will all be included into a mobile phone. Users can choose any fashion, shape as they like. The cell phone itself will be thinner (maybe as thin as a credit card) and very flexible (Rice, 2010). Users can bend it around their wrist and when they receive a call, they will take if off or directly speak to it (like talking to a watch). The flexible screen will be available around 2025, but it will be widely used only around 2029.
With this flexible function, the mobile phone is now non-breakable. Uses can text messages when they are diving (Rice, 2010). This new cell phone generation will also be extremely personalized. If someone is diving, it will tell this person how deep he or she is in, and are there any dangerous creatures. Also, if the user likes taking photo, the mobile phone will automatically update its latest camera application so that the user can always take the best pictures.
Many futurists suggest the idea of a bio-mobile phone, which the phone will be a chip and implanted into people’s brain (Digee98, 2007). This idea will not happen in 2029, because even though the scientists figure out the brain functions extremely detailed in the next twenty years, it will be time-consuming to develop a technology which can interact with humans’ sensory systems (Rice, 2010).
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