Mobile Innovation: No Longer Just An Idea

by · February 17, 2011

Of course, the above title is not original at all. But I am sure LG won’t mind that we borrowed their tagline to say that mobile innovation is right here, right now at the Mobile World Congress 2011,especially as we see product after product showcasing what was just an idea on paper yesterday and today is a reality.
Amazing as it is, LG’s newest product, the world’s first glasses-free 3D phone, may be the device for today but there is much more to come in the future. You would agree if you had attended  a session titled “Mobile Innovations: A Vision of 2020”. It was interesting to hear AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan talk about how his company is advancing the mobile broadband experience.  As he shared the research AT&T is engaged in right now, he also suggested that the future will only move towards solutions that make the individual the pivot point for useful technology.  The future is in the network, independent of devices, he predicted. To prove his point, he showcased what looked like an ordinary slipper. “This is Smart Slipper,” he said and explained how this prototype will be used for elderly healthcare so that the “slipper” sends relevant data (what time the user woke up, how much he walked, and if there was any stress in the feet, etc.) back to the cloud which will automatically send the information to alert relevant persons – for instance a doctor, who could make appropriate decisions or recommendations to the users.
Nokia Chief Technology Officer and SVP Rich Green shared the technology being used for a future device which would be…umm…unique in that it will be wearable, bendable, stretchable, use nanotechnology in a way that moves from “search to anticipation” for the user so that it will operate on the same level as the user. Interestingly the device – Morph – will be able to detect chemical compounds in the environment, use solar power to charge itself, is self-cleaning device, has dust repellent surfaces and uses full live integration. Does it sound futuristic enough? To me, yes indeed, if its a yes for you too, have a look at the video below.
Earlier in a key note address on Mobile Internet, Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini suggested that anyone investing in a successful silicon-based solution would make a fortune in answer to question about long overdue changes in battery technology. He also revealed that Intel’s labs are already capable of powering a lamp using wireless electricity.
SoftBank chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son – who acquired Vodafone Japan in 2006 at US$20b and turned the operator into the world’s most advanced mobile data player – warned operators of unprecedented levels of mobile data traffic and zero growth profitability. However, he said that  “market share can go up if you bet more aggressively for the future than your competitor.” He also disclosed that that every one of SoftBank’s 20,000 employees had been issued with an iPhone and an iPad. Masayoshi incidentally has more Twitter followers than the Japanese Prime Minister.
At the same keynote, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz talked about her company’s strategy to deliver content to its 630 million monthly users via mobile devices. She also shawcased Livestand, a “digital newsstand” that aggregates content specific to the user. “We have a massive audience, and all the publishers want to get to that – but they’re not software developers. They need to have someone doing their aggregation,” she said.

Larsen's FLIP Phone

But the best future design definitely belongs to 25-year-old Kristian Larsen from Kolding School of Design. In the “Mobile Innovations: A Vision of 2020″ session, he shared his research in designing a unique prototype of a phone – moving completely away from the now standard and almost similar shapes and contours of the different brand of smartphones in the market.  His design – Flip phone – works on a triangular dimension, with three screens that transform depending on the task being performed, each working independently of each other and as a single, synchronized screen too, if and when you want it to. Now that is something I could look forward to. See for yourself in the video below and decide.

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Discussion1 Comment

  1. Mike says:

    Technology is moving way to fast. I thought in the early stages of the technological age things were moving fast but it seems like it’s picking up speed fast.

    Great idea and great post.


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