Smartphones are taking the world by storm as telecommunication and complex computing combine with nano-technology to create portable, lightweight handheld devices. Smartphones have incorporated so many innovations over the years, ranging from connectivity enhancement, camera capability tweaks, and processor upgrades, to external device adaptability or feature integration, to name but a few.
The launch of smartphone upgrades with ever-increasing processing power and adaptations for ancillary devices are much-anticipated events for techno-buffs as each year’s innovations add user appeal to smartphones.
There are so many devices that are being integrated into smartphones, that it’s hard to keep abreast of developments. Here are just a few groundbreaking technological advancements.
The field of medicine has recognized how useful the processing power of a smartphone can be. The smartphone was initially used as the primary device for physician and patient communication. Voice calls, SMS messaging, appointment bookings, and electronic healthcare record (EHR) access, are but a few uses of smartphones in the medical field.
One of the latest medical devices to be integrated into a smartphone is the Philips Lumify ultrasound transducer that can be plugged in via a USB port. The Lumify app can be downloaded via an App Store such as Google Play. The advantage of this integration is portability, which allows easier access for doctors, even when they are outside the hospital.
Entertainment will become more engaging once Autostereoscopic 3D screens are integrated into smartphones. Instead of using 3D glasses when watching movies on a smartphone, 3D screens will make it possible for viewers to have a different perspective on movies and games. Although several smartphones have Autostereoscopic 3D screens, we have yet to see the mainstream manufacturers integrate this technology.
Projectors can be helpful in report presentations and movie watching. With this technology, meeting presentations can be a breeze without the unnecessary setup and placement of bulky projectors and computer or laptops. Reports, movies or slideshows can simply be projected onto walls straight from a smartphone. Lenovo’s Smart Cast, Motorola’s Moto Z, and Samsung’s Galaxy Beam series are the first to integrate projector features into their smartphones. It will be exciting to see other brands following suit or making further enhancements to this feature.
Versatility of NFC
Near Field Communication (NFC) is fast becoming a widely used method for data transfer and transactions. It allows energy-efficient data transfer between two smartphone devices held a few centimetres apart. NFC is particularly useful for cashless payment transactions through its card emulation mode to enable payments using your phone. In reader/writer mode, the NFC device is capable of reading NFC tags in posters. The poster or flyer can be scanned by an NFC phone and the customer is then taken to a website, advertisement or coupon. The peer-to-peer mode allows for file transfer between devices. In the near future, NFC will have a variety of uses, such as unlocking your hotel room, access to mass transportation systems, or unlocking the automatic doors of your house or car.
The technology behind smartphones and other mobile devices is ever evolving and adapting to the needs of users. The developers of modern technology are constantly working on ideas to integrate other devices into smartphones and other mobile devices for easier use and portability. The coming years will see further development in smartphone capabilities.