It’s amazing how many dead things we have around. Cinema’s dead. Probably, since the moment the sound was introduced. Or since the Marvel comics came to the big screen. It depends. Rock’n’roll is dead. Heavy metal is dead as a door nail, don’t ask why. Touchscreen smartphones are joining the band this year. Don’t ask why, again. Waiting for the next iPhone does funny things to people. They start seeing dead things everywhere.
The touch control technology is too young to be chalked off like that. Ok, we’ve got little screens, then narrow and long screens, then large screens and for the last two years – edgeless or curved screens. What’s next?
Projected screens, flexible screens. This spring Sony introduced Xperia Touch: the contraption for your mobile to project the touchscreen on any smooth surface, horizontal or vertical alike. Projecting the screen content is not a new thing. For years now Japanese mobile phones by Fujitsu, for example, could project videos and pictures on to the wall. Yeah, Japanese phones are mind-blowing gadgets. But Sony – also from Japan, I’m sure you remember – went further. The projected screen saves all the features of the touch display. Your table, a fridge door or a wall can turn into a touch screen. Still, this is an external, rather bulky contraption priced around 1,600$.
Flexible handsets are being forced by Samsung and some other Asia brands. This phone has not yet gone through the concept stage. The sticking point is the battery. While flexible screens can be made of material similar to e-paper implemented in e-readers like Kindle, batteries cannot. The smart watches mean to fill the gap for a while, but obviously, mobiles are to leave the pockets and move to the wrists.
But the “Dead Smartphone” club members claim the wearables to replace the phones completely. These or smart bots. Theirs is the future of artificial intellect and digital assistants everywhere: at home, at school, at work, at public facilities. It’s like having phone booths back but on more advanced level. What this splendid world of the future lacks is privacy. Yeah, I wouldn’t want a café digital brownie (nice moniker, that!) to know who I’m to meet here. I’d like to text the person in privacy, after all. The same goes for smart homes. Should every member of the household have a separate room for communication or what?
And have you noticed the major fault of this environment? Prompt: immobility. To stay online you’ll have to stick to urban areas. Provided, the whole city features the smart network and every house, every lamppost and every door is smarter than us. So, in the country we’ll have to get the outdated old-fashioned smartphones back to stay in contact with family and friends. This again shows that the smartphone form factor is far from being dead.
OK, the futurists can object, how about wearables, AR or VR glasses? They’ve arrived recently but are the hottest thing on the block. The hottest aren’t practical. Let me notice, there are thousands of people with sight conditions who have to wear glasses 24/7. Plugging in some gimmick would cripple their field of vision in the first place. But even the perfect eyesight doesn’t ensure safety. Using the augmented reality wearables takes some practice and – which is more important – changing the traffic regulations. And from the experience, these are the most conservative regulations ever. Now the lawyers have the robocars on their plate to fix. They will get fits if suggested to legalize glasses cum phones. Besides, as far as we know, the existing smart glasses do demand a smartphone to tether. As for the VR gadgets we have already written how dangerous these ones are. You just burn your retina and cornea with them. Consumers with sight conditions will be excluded from the market. There’s absolutely no way manufacturers will do it.
The most unbelievable scenario is the arrival of the phones as chip implants. Ones of the kind we can see in the “Total Recall” remake.
Implants have been existing since 2012, when a French company announced the phone implant but the gadget to match the one Quaid had in the movie never came. Yet, there are some implants that can hack your phone like the one Seth Wahle of APA Wireless wears. With it he can hack anyone’s phone and all it takes is just grabbing the gadget. But buying a gadget and having to undergo an invasive practice are different things. The idea to go to a hospital to get a newer smartphone installed just don’t sit well with us somehow.
Besides, we won’t be able to buy your old phones then. iGotOffer is always glad to help the customers, but we don’t buy hands, only handsets: Sell my used electronics online today!