This article I read on theverge.com about how Vizio and Google are reportedly building Chromecast features into TV’s got me thinking about an idea I’ve been noodling on for a while how cell phones are becoming the new wallet, but more importantly – they are really becoming the “mothership” of data for our lives.
Cell Phones – how far we’ve come.
Who would have thought that the old school cell phone would evolve to what we have today?
We have so much information “in” our cell phones. We no longer remember anyone’s phone number, we can send small messages back and forth via SMS between phones, we can download an app to track our sleep behaviors, the phones wake us up, “sing” us to sleep and now have the ability to pay for items at the checkout.
Pictures – so many of our life’s memories are captured with pictures and videos stored in the phone. What about all the places we go, all the geolocation data is in the phone. When we talk, who we communicate to , what we say. What about when the phone is off…is it listening? It certainly could be. (iflscience.com article from Feb ’15)
Phones are our “life line” – people do not do minutes without them. A recent survey from HuffPost UK stated that 42% would rather forget their anniversary than their phone.
But what else CAN we do with them?
A whole lot really – if you think about the TV from the verge article, there is no reason why the display of your cell phone cannot be transmitted to a different screen based on your proximity to the screen and the activity you need to do. Pretend you have your phone in your pocket – but you want to surf the web or do a google search. Walk up to a terminal and it will popup a message “Hello vwtom, would you like to connect?” If I say yes – it will ask my password and hten I can begin. That screen is my temparary UI for the time being. I walk away – go to my office, my screen pops up again,
Great – there are a lot of screens around the “world” and if the right sharing takes place then the new phones could talk with the TV too. They could transfer their screen to the nearest screen with availability. Then you could be playing angry birds on the big screen right from your phone. Pretty cool.