Want to know the future of smartphones from big tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung? Check out the Patent filings for some clues.
A decade ago, the things we now do on smartphones seemed impossible. With talk recently about Samsung’s foldable cell phone and Apple’s vision to transform your iPhone into a MacBook, the big question is: what’s next?
Looking across the likes of Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Google, site Decluttr.com has researched the patents filed by tech giants in the past eight years to see what the future holds for our phones and other technology.
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Used as constantly as they are, smartphones end up covered in bacteria, and most of us are guilty of not cleaning them properly. Microsoft filed a patent in 2011 for an automatic smartphone disinfectant. This would involve ultraviolet light bouncing between a film and the touchscreen, disinfecting fingertips in the process.
Smartphone stress ball anyone? In 2012, Samsung filed a patent that would allow the user to squeeze or stretch a phone enabling different functions within the model, and therefore adding an unusual element to the way consumers interact with their smartphones.
First there was the passcode, then the thumbprint. Next? Vein recognition. Samsung filed a patent in 2015 that would allow the brand’s wearable tech devices to recognise users through the unique pattern of veins on the back of their hands.
Technology that gets under your skin
In 2012, Motorola filed a patent for a throat tattoo microphone meaning that the vibrations of your voice would be taken straight from the larynx and to the handset. What’s more, in 2014 Google filed a patent for an eye implant. This would be a lens that sits on the surface of the iris, bringing your smartphone menu right onto the eye itself.
Wink, wave and unlock
Gesture recognition isn’t particularly new to the market but Google and Apple appear to be pushing the boundaries of what we already know. In 2014 Apple began to develop technology where a flick of a finger to your ear will answer a call or waving up and down can change the volume. Similarly, in 2012 Google filed a patent that will allow the front-facing camera to observe and read our expressions. It would know and recognise us specifically, and we could even unlock it by giving it a wink or a smile.
Thanks to technology brands, the future certainly looks exciting, if not a little bit Men in Black.
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