The following are examples of potential future technologies to replace smartphones.
- Integrated Bio Chips
People choose not to use screens because they do not want a physical object to limit what they can see (like a screen on top of a screen) or to have no physical object limit what they can see. Apple and Microsoft are already working on ways to use EEG to add neural sensor technology to smartphones. It will take the place of neural networks doing quick things.
- Companies in Action
Neuralink, started by Elon Musk, wants to build computer chips that work together inside the brain with the help of a neural lace. These kinds of cutting-edge tech may seem strange now, but they will become commonplace.
Wearable tech is to work with the smartphone connected for processing and functionality. But as mobile technology gets smaller and more integrated into our lives, wearables with computers built in will replace smartphones in both looks and functions.
- Wearable Bracelets
New developments in foldable screens will lead to a new line of bracelets as mobile computers. Samsung is working on an ecosystem of connected devices that will replace the idea of smartphones as a single host. These devices will have foldable screens and features like 5G and AI. This idea is a step toward a future where smart devices can connect without a host smartphone. The original idea was for smartphones with foldable screens to turn into bracelet-like devices that would be a phone and a wearable mix.
- Wearable Glasses
Google’s first-generation smart glasses were not as useful or widely accepted by consumers. However, tech giants are still pouring billions of dollars into building the next generation of smart glasses with augmented reality, AI, and computing power that will completely replace handheld smartphone devices.
Companies at Work:
“Focals” is a pair of AR glasses by a company backed by Amazon. It has a digital display controlled by a tiny ring with a joystick and a microphone for voice commands.
- Magic Leap
Smart glasses with a small computer disc on the prototype that will be replaced by BCI sensors have raised $2 billion in investments.
Myant makes smart clothes with electrodes and sensors that can track the heartbeat and the movement of muscles.
- BMIs or Brain-Machine Interfaces
Smartphones‘ main job is to give you a user interface, which is a way to send your requests or thoughts to the processing unit. QWERTY keyboards and touchscreen technology have come a long way in improving the customer experience. But after completion, a Brain-Machine Interface will replace phones because you won’t need to touch the device to use it.
Companies at Work
- Neuroble is working on brain-computer interfaces that let people control devices and software with only brain signals. They are possibly expanding their use to the gaming industry and other fields.
- NextMind made a head mount that uses brain-machine interface technology to let users control external interfaces.
A Connected Ecosystem with No Handheld Devices
Imagine an ecosystem made up of devices that are all connected and have built-in features like augmented reality, real-time data collection, and 5G connectivity. This idea of connected devices will replace the idea that a smartphone is a single device. Smartphones will be the hub for the next ten years until they are replaced by wearable screens, voice assistants that are always on, and interfaces that are everywhere. Soon, consumers would not have to look at just one screen to get information. Instead, they will be surrounded by it. They will expect even their most ordinary objects to do the most amazing things.
To Sum up
In closing, we know that technology is getting better and better every day. Physical assets are becoming more and more a part of the digital world. AI may take over most of the functions that a smartphone does. As new smartphone technologies come out, their functions and uses will change. Handheld devices will slowly become obsolete. This change will happen slowly and in many steps since smartphones still bring in a lot of money for most of the biggest tech companies. The idea of smartphones will change and morph into multiple computing devices that will still have the core technology of smartphones but will also change the connectivity.