Today’s guest post comes from a fairly regular Pocketables contributor Nick Rojas.
Mobile Gadgets for 2020
It is fun to make predictions about the future of technology. While these predictions might not always come true, it is interesting to look at what technology may accomplish in the coming years.
As Steve Lohr says for The New York Times, “Silicon Valley veterans argue that people routinely overestimate what can be done with new technology in three years, yet underestimate what can be done in 10 years.” With that said, there are a few technologies that are likely to be in consumers hands by 2020.
Wearables for Health
Some health industry executives predict that by 2020 we will enable real-time diagnostics for cancer, the immune system, intestinal flora, and other conditions. These gadgets could come in the shape of wearables or stick on patches that would make healthcare more preventive rather than reactionary.
There are signs that this technology is already on the way. Back in 2014, Alistair Barr and Ron Winslow reported for Wall Street Journal, “Google had begun developing tiny magnetic particles that could search the body for biomarkers that indicate the presence of cancer and other diseases.” Patients would take these particles via a pill. This could make it easier to detect a heart attack or cancer.
It can be safely said that 4G has left a lot to be desired, but thankfully, 5G is just on the horizon. It is estimated that 5G will be codified in 2019 and deployed in 2020, meaning it is right around the corner. It is generally said that 5G will be faster and less energy intensive than 4G. This will mean better smartphones, faster running apps, longer lasting devices, and better in home devices. 5G capable smartphones will likely experience lower latency leading to faster load times and quick video downloads. 5G will help bring in new technology as well. For example, virtual reality will need the faster network to be used at its full potential. Sensors will be embedded in everything. Cars to watches will need the faster, low latency network to function properly.
Speaking of virtual reality, that technology is also in the not so distant future. Currently only a few consumers have access to quality virtual reality, but that should be changing soon. The technology to totally immerse a user in another world is expected to be massive as it becomes less exclusive with a lower price tag. Currently VR has some drawbacks, but enthusiasts are claiming that these drawbacks could be a non factor in the coming years. VR is even coming to mobile with more powerful phones, all that is required is a headset to snap your phone into.
Similarly to VR, AR is expected to become a part of our lives soon. The word holographic is thrown around when talking about AR and while experts say a holographic TV may be a reality, AR and holograms are very different. It is looking like AR, which shows imagines or video on top of what you see naturally, is the way we will watch shows and play video games in the near future.
Mobile wallets are being used by more and more apps since they are more secure than traditional payment methods. The newest mobile payment methods have the highest encryption in the payment realm. Because of this, it is estimated that by 2020, the payment space will reach $503 billion.
More and more banks are offering mobile banking giving people an alternative to digital payments. With this, more businesses are also accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. It is only a matter of time before mobile payments are larger than debit and credit cards.
The world of mobile gadgets and technology is advancing at a rapid pace. By 2020 the world of mobile technology could be remarkably different. With wearable devices that help detect illness before they show symptoms potentially saving lives healthcare could change for the better. 5G capabilities will lead to faster load times, better in home devices, and all while requiring less energy than 4G. Virtual reality and augmented reality are gaining speed as they become more accessible in the years to come. How we watch videos and play video games will likely be very different in 2020. Mobile wallets and banking is looking to out earn debit and credit cards in just a few years.
Guest author bio
Nick Rojas combines 20 years of experience working with and consulting for small to medium business and a passion for journalism to help readers grow. He writes about technology, marketing, and social media for the aspiring entrepreneur. When Nick is not sharing his expertise, he can be found spending time at the beach with his dog Presto. @NickARojas