I ordered a package that was shipping through UPS and when I called I was dismayed that there wasn't a way to enter my tracking number (It was 15ish alpha-numeric characters) besides speaking. So I thought "Okay, AAyyy--Fiivvee--Geeee..." I was about half way through slowly saying the tracking number when I was interrupted "Package not found, try again?"... Okay. "I must have to rattle this off pretty quick" I thought, so I blew threw it. It immediately found my package, told me where it was and when it was expected to arrive.
It was amazing. Voice recognition was good enough that UPS deems it fail-safe enough to have it be the only way to find a package by phone. That was the first time I really thought there might actually be a chance for an almost fully speech operated phone without a traditional UI.
There have been experiments with throwing side-band text into the phone for a while now, but they never amounted to much. Nortel experimented with this in the 1990s before IP telephony took off but because it used the call-display encoding mechanism, it was slower than dirt.
Most of them fall back on a human operator after 5+ tries ;-) Yeah that's how I know... :(
When using my nexus I regularly mispronounce words and names so that the voice recognition can make sense of it.
Looks like we might nearly have that tech?
Outside of mobile, the next big disruptive tech will probably be electric cars.
Airplanes will have USB chargers in the seat or near to the infotainment screen. This will provide you with a fresh device charge so that you arrive to your destination with full battery.
You will be able to be social with your phone and share things with your friends. This will be much simpler than today.
When sitting at home the voice recognition in the phone will be able to pick up places you talk about and show information relative to that, such as maps. If you are discussing a trip the phone will be able to search for flight and hotel information by listening to the conversations speech.
Augmented reality will help you remember faces, navigate through the city. Show the best places where to go when in a foreign city.
Eventually there will be world global flat rate mobile internet. There will be more high density mobile transmitters there is definitely the possibility to integrate mobile transmitters in street light posts. So that the lamp posts have standardized module connectors where mobile operators get power and fiber connection to the Wi-Fi and mobile base stations.
Cell phones will be able to transmit your location to nearby cars to avoid collisions.
In short, I find that kind of self-aggrandizing comment a bit distasteful, when it is not said by someone with a really impressive history.
Didn't think about reading it that way and it's helpful that you shared your perspective. Thank you!
But that said, form factor seems to be the most unresolved issue.
Each newly popular size (Samsung Tab, iPad mini, etc.) between the original iPhone and iPad sizes is hailed in some corners as changing the way users look at their devices ("I've stopped using my ___ because this new form factor does everything I want"-style comments).
It seems to me that "highly portable" and "can use with a keyboard" are two camps that seem will never converge...but IF they could, it would very disruptive to other form factors.
A folding tablet with available keyboard could be one possibility to converge those two form factors (which I posted about on HN quite awhile back at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3422295).
But since the next disruption may rely on convergence between technologies that aren't yet with us, who knows? And even things that look great (video phones and flying cars famously having been around for a loooong time) who knows if it will be something like Google Glasses or not? Hard to predict what will be adopted, and what it will be competing with to get users to adopt it.
(the inter-device connectivity/authentication seems like something that would happen naturally via bluetooth to Google Glass)
The benefit is that the phone can stay in the pocket while we check for new messages or new events or do some quick and simple actions. This would be much less intrusive than a phone.
Puhing this idea further we can imagine sensors attached to the body and connected to the phone. Same for cars and room we would frequently be in.
Bluetouth communication is underused.
What about using nfc and phones to control hiddden or smart locks ?
But the smartphone/tablets are in the process of disrupting the PC industry, so I'm not sure they are ready for being themselves disrupted yet.
I don't think this is a pipe dream.
EDIT: Just used that Google machine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_area_network
Interesting stuff. Thank you.
Looking back, it seems like the people betting on "convergence" were right. With iPads getting smaller and smartphones getting bigger it seems like we're trending towards one device that's slightly too big to fit in a pocket.
(I think the PAN concept was also a bit overhyped by people who had a vested interest in their particular flavor of networking technology)
Ubuntu for Android looks like a move in the right direction. http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android
Maybe just your family photos, maybe access to your company's source code, maybe unlocks the door to your house!
I think it's a great idea to be honest, but there are troublesome issues.
For example, it could be incredibly easy to invalidate your band by, for example, calling a number, going to a website or, from a mobile phone.
But with people walking around with the keys to their entire kingdom, I am perhaps more worried about the kidnapping sort of scenario.. Maybe I've just seen too many movies.
With respect to banking and other auth, you could have a second level auth, e.g. passkey's still.
1) "wake me up at ..."
2) "Remind me to...
3) "Do I have any new emails?"
4) "What do I have to do today?"
5) "What is the EST time?" (the starting time of some live broadcasts were given in EST and I'm in London)
6) "Set the timer for..." (when I study, or boil eggs), "Stop/resume the timer"
I actually use Siri at least a couple of times every day.
E.g. How old was Benjamin Franklin when he died?
Here's a link: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2012/08/12/this-giant-3d-pr...
Hope you've got some rest!