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Top 5 Technologies that would Change the Mobile Landscape

August 18, 2009

As hard as it is to predict the future, I’ll take a shot and give my best guess about the top 5 technologies that would have the strongest impact on the mobile solutions in the coming 2-3 years:

  • Location sensing (cellular triangulation, GPS, WiFi network analysis) – This class of solutions is of course no news, but it is very probable that in the coming years we’ll see new business models emerging from the combination of location sensing technology and something else. Location sensing + advertisement, location sensing + social networking, location sensing + parental control, …
  • Unified communications (UC) – UC will converge all communication means (audio, video, conferencing, instant messaging, presence information) into a single system thus enabling much more efficient and unified communication over distance. Single number, single profile, single address book, single communication terminal – the latter being a mobile device. With UC in place, businesses would probably start to integrate communications with business systems (CRM, ERP, etc.) to further optimize processes.
  • Near-field communications (NFC) – NFC will enable us to quickly and easily authorize payments, authenticate ourselves, open doors, connect and authenticate devices, etc just by taking our mobile phone close to (1-2 cm) another NFC-enabled device.
  • Bluetooth 3.0 – Bluetooth sounds boring enough but the new standard supports a low-consumption mode that will boost telemetries by enabling all kinds of new sensing devices (from home heating meters to personal health sensors) to communicate efficiently.
  • New display technologies (e-ink, OLED, pico projectors) – Besides opening space for completely new class of mobile devices (e.g. electronic book readers), this technology would probably have significant impact on the usability and interfaces of mobile phones and in-car electronics.
Author: Kostadin Jordanov

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