Here’s an interesting quote:
Phones are probably the only electronics product that will be owned by everyone on earth. So everything else is an accessory for most people
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) April 8, 2015
To continue on his idea, in this age and probably the next to come, everyone needs and wants a phone. We have come to the point where not having one is a serious drawback to basically anything you want to do.
But here’s the thing: the internet, all the information, communication with others. Those are the things that are indispensable to us. Not the phone. The phone is just the input and output device.
Devices have gotten smaller and smaller. From desktop to laptop to netbook to tablet to phone and now watch. We are still using a pc / phone combo because of storage and what each of them can and cannot do.
In the future however, I don’t think we will have these devices anymore. Instead, I think they will all evolve into a direct connection between our brain and the internet.
This will bring change to a lot of things:
- Education – the way we learn and consume information
- Communication and virtual worlds
- How we will use the internet
- What cloud services will mean (everything will be in the cloud and we will just log in to our work station )
- The way we interact with objects and appliances around us
AR and VR will make the transition
The transition has already begun and our unconscious needs are being expressed through the progress of augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. The Internet of Things and all related applications will also play a role.
Here are two examples of AR from Google backed Magic Leap and Microsoft’s Hololens:
As for virtual reality, we have all seen the evolution of Oculus Rift and similar devices. Each day there are more and more games and applications for them, at least 1000 according WEARVR‘s library.
Take a look below at 5 virtual reality gadgets that will be available in the future and for a glimpse of VR in the future, I recommend Sword Art Online.
I know about all the dangers and risks that would come with having the brain connected to the internet. And we will probably not have a chip directly implanted in our brain. Same goes for AR and VR. Even before we get into brain hacking type security problems, here’s a “lighter” issue that will also cause mayhem… and laughters:
I do think however that at some point all of us will be annoyed of typing and clicking instead of just interfacing directly with the information or the software. Virtual reality and augmented reality will probably play a big role in this transition.
We will come up with a better way, because that’s just how we earthlings are.
What do you think?
Photo via Sergey Galyonkin