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Smartphone: Man's new best friend?

Posted: 16 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smartphone  internet of things  processors  sensors  Steve Jobs 

Although the term "smartphone" first appeared in print in 1995, describing AT&T's "PhoneWriter Communicator," it was the indomitable Steve Jobs who force-fed it into our vocabulary and consciousness 12 years later. "Smartphone" has stuck ever since with no contender to replace the ubiquitous name.

Steve Jobs, and most of the world's population didn't know then, and may not know now how extraordinarily powerful, useful, and essential the smartphone of 2016 is going to be.

That's the good news. The bad news is that less sophisticated marketing types, looking for the sound bites to excite the news tonight, will declare inaccurate heights, and in some cases give consumers the frights. Smartphones are going to seem intelligent, but they will not be thinking machines, just very, very well-trained, adaptive and adaptable devices with multi-sensor inputs.

As a result of the digestion of hordes of data collected by the device and other sources, processed on the device, and sorted in the device and/or the cloud, our personal companions are going to appear to be intuitive. The result will be better experiences and interactions with our devices and the world at large.

Smart phone

The goal of the device builders and their processor and application suppliers is to bring a more human-like understanding to the device so we users are not aware that we are dealing with a machine, as I am fond of saying, the technology works when it disappears.

When we can teach our devices to respond to us, in a manner we prefer, which will be different for each and every user, we'll have a human-like relationship. But as long as the device and apps have to train us on how to deal with them, it's still just an annoying machine that heats up our pockets and frustrates us as we try to deal with it while dealing with three other things simultaneously.

The device builders and their suppliers understand this and are taking steps to improve the situation, and they are working at warp speed—you are going to be amazed at the development over the next 18 months.

Feeling secure

One of the major components of those developments will be better personal security. The smartphone of 2016 will have twice the local memory of today's devices, and more than twice the capacity for plug in memory.

The memory will be faster, and use less power. That's item one in the improved security—keep your stuff locally, and privately. The industry emphasizes the need for more processing on the cloud and ignores the need for on-device processing, our future smartphones will do more and store more locally.

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