New Materials and Designs
No aspect of the future of mobile devices brings out as much wild speculation, even to the point of outright silliness, as the potential materials and designs for the next generation of smartphones. From flexible, translucent screens to holographic displays to devices made out of wood, if you can dream it, someone’s made a mobile device prototype out of it. In this excellent article on future cell phones, Sandy Samra takes a look at some of the various designs that are floating around.
Not every idea is a winner, or even physically possible, but there are a few concepts floating around out there that may come into play in the next few years. There is a good amount of buzz around the idea of a cell phone having a pull-out, flexible screen, or even having the entire device made out of the flexible material. Several companies have already developed this technology, so once components come down in cost, expect to see these on the market. The only big question marks surrounding these devices will be durability and functionality, which will both have to be superior if the masses are going to adopt this kind of device.
Most other new designs are a little bit out there, although there has been some research into the ability to control a mobile phone by mind control. While this may sound like science fiction, the results have been promising, although it is a long way from being ready for prime-time. While this technology may be more than five years out, eventually it could change everything about the devices, from their interface to design.