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Alex Shepherd
22-06-11, 23:48
http://cdn.ubergizmo.com/photos/2008/5/hp-future.jpg

Do you think the current cell phone form factors will change in the future? This is a really open-ended question, but being the constantly innovating beings that we are, chances are the answer will be in the affirmative. You will require to use a natural gesture with this literal hand phone (as some circles would call it), boasting voice control for activation as well as dial memorized numbers. The microphone can be placed near the mouth while the speaker is located almost inside the ear, facilitating communication even in the noisiest of environments. Wearing this handset is as simple as wearing a watch, but it had better be waterproof cause dont you think it would be a hassle to take it off every time you went to the loo?

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Cochrane
23-06-11, 00:05
Cell phones as such are ceasing to exist. They are converging with PDAs, iPods and the like, in effect becoming computers. Their use for communicating is so much more than just calling or the occasional text. It's also Facebook, Twitter, and whatever will come after them (and something will come after them, sooner or later). It is Email, it is looking up train times and the like on the go. Any new form factor for cell phones will have to make these things easier, not just calling.

So in this sense, I think the phone shown here is absolutely useless, because you can use it at most for calling and the occasional text message. We've moved on from that.

I think the form factor for the phone will change less than we think. At their very core, the form factor for all modern multimedia phones is centuries old: It is the small notebook, in a physical papery sense, that you keep with you. Modern phones are an evolution of that concept. Quite an extreme evolution, but the idea and the form factor remain. And while I don't think we've hit the absolute optimum yet (how about a flexible phone, or one that you can fold up to reveal one bigger screen), I don't think the basic rectangle shape is going away anytime soon.

Encore
23-06-11, 00:49
^ It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.

NRO.
23-06-11, 06:41
*Tilts head*

How?

Catracoth
23-06-11, 06:44
I'd get annoyed having to hold my hand up against my ear like that. Can't I just use a banana?

QiX
23-06-11, 06:52
What a fake!! The pic screams 'photoshopped'.

EscondeR
23-06-11, 07:15
^ It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.
Nailed with a nailgun :tmb: Just the same course e.g. Ahead Nero Burning ROM goes: a crapload of functions and the majority work like crap :D except disk burning though... yet... thank God.

What a fake!! The pic screams 'photoshopped'.
It's a concept. No need to go all "BOO!!!" about that :p

Cochrane
23-06-11, 07:19
^ It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.

I would differentiate between PDAs, cell phones, music players on the one hand and digital cameras on the other. There is very little required hardware difference between the first three. Good hardware for a PDA can, with enough memory, just as easily serve as an MP3 player. With a GSM, UMTS or whatever radio and an antenna, you can make a cell phone out of it (or rather add cell phone functionality to it).

A digital camera, on the other hand, is for the most part hardware. It's all lenses, zooming, focusing and the like. Adding that to a generic device does not work, because due to optical constraints, it simply has to be that big. So I agree, that convergence does not make a lot of sense.

Other than that, I am personally in favor of convergence. Why carry around three boxes when one does the same thing as well? But I guess that is very much a mater of taste.

QiX
23-06-11, 07:20
It's a concept. No need to go all "BOO!!!" about that :p

OK, you're right. But I dont see such a thing getting popular. Look at all those wires, try to picture yourself attaching the phones on your fingers every time you get a call.

ryan91
23-06-11, 08:14
http://www.pakpoint.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nokia_3310.jpg

Your_Envy*
23-06-11, 08:23
^ Best Nokia ever! <3 I played Snake on that phone ALL THE TIME. :pi:

This concept picture is not attractive at all, I wouldn't buy this in million years. :p My hand would hurt after a while if I was in that position. I am pretty happy with my Nokia even though it has some functions I don't need, but it has everything I want - I can call, send texts, and take a nice picture (cause I don't have my camera with myself all the time). I agree with Encore though. :tmb:

EscondeR
23-06-11, 08:30
Actually I'm not against integration, BUT it must be qualitative integration. And seeing nowadays production is Easy Money oriented... *sigh*

Snazabaz
23-06-11, 09:15
I can't say I'm a massive fan of the concept photo. Seriously, wouldn't you look like a massive loser strolling through town looking like that? :p.

EscondeR
23-06-11, 09:47
^ Lower the hand with that gesture a bit and in Russia they'll think you're a drunkard looking for a company ;)

Spong
23-06-11, 10:01
This...

http://www.pakpoint.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nokia_3310.jpg


...is more impressive than this...

http://cdn.ubergizmo.com/photos/2008/5/hp-future.jpg

trfanX34
23-06-11, 10:09
...I just like cellphones how they are now. Customizable, you can install any apps you need or want, etc.

moodydog
23-06-11, 10:29
^ It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.

It can still have all those features, and then have a really big button (or touch screen) which says messages, keypad and call. As long as they make them fundamentally visible, then it should be fine. If they do get rid of the phone necessities, doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a phone?
I completely agree about specialised products, but I am not too sure. Phones today can have amazing cameras in them, but then true photographers will spend 1000 pounds on a professional camera. But if your out with friends, and you want to just capture shots, a phone camera may be simpler.

robbie_rawr
23-06-11, 10:31
I just use my phone for blackberry messenger to keep in touch with people, stuff like iphones bug me there so over...dramatic. :p

EscondeR
23-06-11, 10:34
^ ^ Phone shots are almost always of terrible quality regardless to camera quality... unless you have a good support for your elbows while making pictures.

TRNation
23-06-11, 10:56
It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.

Totally agreed. IMO the world has become too complicated, and humans, lazier. We look forward to the future, but what are we really looking forward to? Ten years ago 'fun' meant going outdoors with your friends and enjoying life, these days technology seems to have taken over. I mean, I'm all for technology and everything, but the simplest things in life are free, and we seem to have forgotten that. ;)

Cochrane
23-06-11, 11:17
No, ten years ago 'fun' meant playing with a Tamagotchi.

The ugly truth is that modern smart phones haven't actually changed our life that much. They've improved it, added to it, but the many claims that it has taken away from it are just false. We can still go outdoors and have fun. And now we can also talk to people who aren't there with us without problem. We can now find out when the next bus leaves without heading down to the bus stop, or if we're in a queue, we can read up on the latest news in the world.

If there is good weather, go to any popular public space, and see how many people there are. That hasn't decreased. If anything, it has increased, because now we can do stuff that used to be possible only at home anywhere.

TRNation
23-06-11, 11:33
Technology has helped this world loads, there's no denying that. I just wish people don't abuse it, that's all. Injecting botox on eight-year olds, electronic smoking... I guess it's not really technology that I'm worried about, just the people using it. :pi:

jajay119
23-06-11, 12:12
I'm secretly hoping for some sort of Nanomachine technology la Metal Gear Solid that let's you get calls straight to your ear and presumably video and connectivity though some way.

Of course this is a somewhat silly idea by today's standard, but in 100 years, who knows. Maybe we'll all have build in mobiles that are powered by our bodies magnetic field.

As it stands, at the moment I dounbt the format will change much. Mobiles are now mini media hubs and the format doesn't seem like it can go any further.

interstellardave
23-06-11, 12:16
^ It bothers me that phones are becoming all that. Pretty soon I won't be allowed to buy a phone that simply makes calls and sends text messages because the market won't have any.
I remember a time when there were only PDAs and cell phones and music players and digital cameras - and each product was pretty damn good because they were developed entirely with that one function in mind. Now all of those things are merging into the same device, involving lots of third parties and compatibilities and different technologies. So it performs lots of functions, but excels at none of them.
Just my opinion of course.

^^^^ THIS, for Gods' sake, THIS!!!

EscondeR
23-06-11, 12:30
I'm secretly hoping for some sort of Nanomachine technology la Metal Gear Solid that let's you get calls straight to your ear and presumably video and connectivity though some way.

Of course this is a somewhat silly idea by today's standard, but in 100 years, who knows. Maybe we'll all have build in mobiles that are powered by our bodies magnetic field.

As it stands, at the moment I dounbt the format will change much. Mobiles are now mini media hubs and the format doesn't seem like it can go any further.

Now just imagine that crap hacked with the abilities of technology of this upcoming era ;) Still hoping for it? :cln:

BrandonFlowers
23-06-11, 12:36
Oh God :eek: I've had my current phone for 3 years, it makes calls, texts, had a camera, mp3 player and radio and it is still too complicated for me :o I do not want something like THAT thing.

NRO.
23-06-11, 12:40
No, ten years ago 'fun' meant playing with a Tamagotchi.



...

I still have one.