Imagine walking out of an Italian restaurant, and your phone knows where you are. It knows you love gnocchi and even traveled to Milan recently. It not only gives you a voucher, but an immersive experience in which you explore the restaurant virtually to see what people eat and visit to see the kitchen as food is prepared. Tempting?
In the last decade Smartphones have evolved from basic phones to portable entertainment center. We use them in text, watch movies and to occupy ourselves. Now smartphones are going to evolve. Sensor data combined with machine learning and virtual reality will usher in a new wave of commitment, comfort and utility. Interestingly enough, sit much of this technology in our phones now.
Your smartphone is smarter than you think
Most people do not know how smart their phones are, or how much they know about us already. Unlike laptops, modern smart phones with dozens of tiny sensors that allow them to all kinds of data we collect, what we do, and the world around us are packed.
Accelerometers and gyroscopes are over we hear most sensors. These have the ability to gather data about us, even if we do not actively using the phone. But most smart phones also have an image sensor, touch sensor, proximity sensor, and up to 30 different sensors, including GPS for location.
New sensors are being developed all the time. Each opens the door to new possibilities. Chemist at MIT recently a smartphone sensor when the food recognizes become poorly developed. Imagine yourself with your phone to check whether the roast chicken you brought home three days ago is still safe?
Sensors make our phones more aware. But even sensors collect only the raw data. Use the data to use requires machine learning. By searching for patterns in the data intelligent apps can find out whether big or small, whether big or small, and to guess even with gender. It may sound at first spooky, but not so, when you consider how useful apps.
Apps think of the future on their own
The smartest apps will use sensor-based data to context-sensitive information. We have examples of this already in the first generation fitness applications that follow how fast and how far you walk or run seen. And many applications, such as OpenTable, Uber, and Yelp, use GPS as the main component to serve information based on our location.
You may be familiar with Apple’s ibeacon technique already widely used by retailers, airports and even small radio transmitter the NBL and NFL to provide fine-tuned content to your Smartphone based on your location.
Some applications are today also crowdsourced sensor data for traffic and weather forecasts. Think about how Google collects Smartphone GPS data and sends it back to the user as accurately route time estimates. Another company, PressureNet working to pull to improve Barometer readings from smartphones to weather and climate predictions.
But mobile applications use tomorrow sensor information in a much larger scale. Theses apps pick up on patterns and routines and to learn the user’s preferences over time. “Anyone can collect data. Finding an automated way to create the meaning that the data is of utmost importance,” says Nils Forsblom, founder of Adtile, a company working on new ways to machine learning and virtual reality for use marketing.
Future applications will usher in a new level of comfort. Instead of asking for input, they will anticipate your needs. The phone can call to voice mail when you drive or switch to Flight mode when it senses an aircraft moving on the tarmac. An application has people talking in a conference room to hear and ask: “Do you want to want to record the meeting ‘?
Virtual reality adds a new creative commitment
But what happens if one sensor data and machine learning to mix with virtual reality? Mobile devices someday deliver experiences and bring inanimate objects to life and let things like walk around a sculpture to do or explore the newest exhibit in a museum.
“The phones of the future might look like Oculus VR meets iPhone – without the headset,” says Forsblom. Oculus is a headset that provides virtual reality to the smartphone, but Forsblom predicts smartphones to deliver experiences that without the headset.
Advertising can no longer interrupt whatever you’re doing, or reading, but the form of an active commitment. You could use the phone as an extension of themselves, go through a car dealership. If you want something that you see, you can use gestures and movements to explore a car in detail, get more information or sign up for a test drive of a vehicle.
“In the future smartphone hardware and software will work seamlessly in harmony. Future mobile devices will be a mixture of invisible Apps for utility, entertainment, virtual reality and gaming. Mobile Virtual Reality is the ultimate input-output” device “and be creative medium” says Forsblom.
The next few years will likely see dozens of new applications, the sensors used in all kinds of crazy ways. Our smartphones more like a personal assistant, who understand our preferences, habits, our likes and dislikes to be. And virtual reality has the potential that one step further, so that we, to explore places and objects, without leaving your sofa – that’s comfort.