Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Future Of The Mobile Phone In Our Lives 1

Will the Mobile Phone become our ID, Credit Card and Everything Else?  It is looking like this is the direction things are taking.

The rumors for the iPhone 5 is that it will have NFC or Near Field Communication.  This marks a new chapter in its use.

What is NFC?  It stands for Near Field Communication.  It is a short range wireless communication protocol which enables the exchange of information from about 3.9 inches (10 centimeters) distance.  Although there are other short distance wireless communication protocols, NFC targets mobile phones in particular.  If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link:

There will be three main uses for it:
1.  Emulation of a credit card
2.  Reader mode which will enable advertisers to know your likes and dislikes and be able to target your specific needs
3.  P2P mode (peer to peer mode) which will enable communication between enabled devices.

The applications are many.  They will be used in ticketing for public transportation, including its use as a mobile boarding pass.  The phone will be able to read RFID tags on posters or outdoor billboards which will relay information or services.  In combination with Bluetooth technology it will be able to pair with other devices.  It will be used in hotels for  en electronic key to your room.  It could even be used for your passport.

Recently, Google announced that its 3.0 OS Gingerbread will support NFC.  This will of course require a phone that will support it with a built in chip or some attached accessory.  Apple's iPhone 5 is also rumored to be supporting NFC.  According to the rumors online there is already testing going on in regards to an application named iWallet being tested in Europe as we speak.  Apparently, the rumors also speak of a patented technology that Apple will have for this new phone which will involve fingerprint recognition.  In a patent application it states:
The present invention can include systems and methods for controlling an electronic device by detecting and using a person's fingerprints. For example, a device can store unique compositions of a user's fingerprints as fingerprint signatures, which can, in turn, be associated with user-selectable commands. When a user provides a composition of fingerprints to the electronic device that matches one of the fingerprint signatures, the device can initiate the associated command. A composition of fingerprints can comprise a group of one or more fingerprints. This can include, for example, a fingerprint from one finger or fingerprints from multiple fingers. A composition having multiple fingerprints can include, for example, fingerprints obtained from a user pressing one finger multiple times to a fingerprint sensor or by a user pressing different fingers to one or more fingerprint sensors.
Apart from this there are other applications according to the patent:
In another embodiment of the present invention, a user-selectable command can be associated with a user input signature that has both a fingerprint signature and a non-fingerprint signature. The electronic device can be configured to initiate the user-selectable command after it detects and matches user input to the associated fingerprint signature and non-fingerprint signature. The non-fingerprint signature can include, for example, verbal input, a conventional button input, input on a multi-touch interface (e.g., similar to that incorporated into an iPhone.TM. sold by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), any other type of user input, or any combination thereof.
The patent discusses the advantages of this technology as compared to traditional technology:
In comparison with a conventional device that requires a user to initiate user-selectable commands by manipulating a button or dial, the present invention can reduce and, in some embodiments, eliminate the need for a user to look at a device's user interface in order to interact with and control the device. Furthermore, the present invention can reduce the size of an electronic device by replacing a plurality of conventional user input mechanisms (e.g., buttons and/or dials) with a fewer number of fingerprint sensors.
Shapeshifting Phone
The above descriptions are JUST the beginning.  There are amazing plans ahead for the cell phone and other devices.  This will come in part 2 of this series.

The cell phone will become the most important device we carry.  It will be the central communication center, as well as our entertainment center when away from home.

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