Thinking back 10 years ago, when you wanted to book a table at a restaurant you used to have to pick up the phone and call the restaurant. Fast forward 10 years and now you just book a table on your iPhone or Android device that you have with you.
If you wanted to speak to a friend 10 years ago you would arrive and knock on the door, or you would call them before leaving the house. Now you have a mobile phone on you, what do you do? No, you don’t call them, you text or iMessage them or better still FaceTime or Skype them.
It’s strange that although technology has moved on and rather than having a phone only at home and at work, you have a phone in your pocket but you don’t actually use it as a phone, you use it for other things. You can see why mobile networks are getting worried about the loss of call time revenue and SMS texting revenue when you see the phones evolving, I would too if it was my core business.
If you wanted to find out where your friend was 5 years ago, you would call them up, say high and ask them where they were and if they wanted to meet up with you somewhere. Now you pull out your SmartPhone and open up a map and see where they are on the map.
If you wanted to find the nearest restaurant or ATM/Cash Machine you would have had to go and look for it, or look at a Yellow pages. Now you just run up an app and it tells you all the businesses that are close to you, not even that but it will even give you directions to it and track your position relative to that business as you walk, cycle or drive to it.
SmartPhones are evolving at such a pace that it’s difficult to keep up with them. I remember when my father said “Why would I need an iPad” and when my mother said “Why would I want an iPhone, I have a regular iPhone and an iPod Touch”. Needless to say they both have iPhones and iPads, and they wouldn’t now be without them. They’re hooked just like I am (although to a slightly lesser extent) but still hooked on the technology and what it can do for them. No more having to wait 10 minutes for a laptop to boot up when the iPad is always on, just press the power button and it wakes up and can be used instantly (providing you remember to charge it).
Now with new OMLED flexible screens from Samsung and wearable glasses with HUD (Heads Up Display) from Google, technology is evolving at a much faster rate.
5 years ago I never thought I would be sitting here writing this post on an iPad or having my entire gaming, audio book, reading books and audio and video all on my device in my hands, yet I do.
In 5 years time, technology will have evolved again, will we be wearing the technology? e.g. HUD glasses, waterproof touch screens attached to our clothes via velcro? It’s entirely possible at the rate it’s advancing.