Well at first we didn’t have them in our pockets because at first they looked like this:
Then a few years later Mr. Zack Morris opened our eyes to the “hand-held” mobile phone:
Which slowly transformed into a “flip” phone:
Then the phone that, for a short time, revolutionized the cellular phone world…the Motorola StarTAC:
So on and so forth the models and types of cell phones ranged from “sliders”, “candy-bars”, text phones, pocket phones, micro-phones, etc. Eventually reaching what may be the pinnacle of phone technology for the next few years:
And just to play fair:
But this isn’t a blog about cell phones or the timeline/history/usage of them. This is an idea a day blog and cellular phones/smart devices play a key role in my idea for today.
You see, those last two examples are capable of things that the original cellular telephone never had in mind nor was ever designed for. The cellular telephone was for people stranded in cars and high profile politicos or finance moguls.
Nowadays, these devices are capable of well-just about everything aside from making you a cup of coffee (which with the right app and web-enabled coffee maker I’m not entirely sure that is a true statement anymore).
So here is the idea and GM is on to this with it’s OnStar service which alerts the authorities if you’ve been in a crash automatically, provides live GPS service (you actually talk to a person), and sometimes are just fun to talk to (I’ve done it, they are really nice!).
But wait, cars nowadays are almost as technologically advanced as the devices we carry in our pockets – alerting us if we are swaying into the other lane, if it senses us getting tired, and if we are about to rear-end the vehicle in front of us.
I digress…let’s get to the idea and it is not so far fetched albeit somewhat imaginable in a science fiction movie.
What if your smart mobile device replaced your dashboard in your vehicle. Well ok not the actually dashboard but perhaps it “docks” on your dashboard which is home to a larger screen (let’s say 7 or 10 inch screens to easy viewing) via micro USB which is now becoming the standard on phones.
The dock on the dash would accept all smart devices moving forward and of course, only the newest vehicles would have this feature due to the lack of backwards capabilities.
Now, both Android and iPhone have applications that can do the basics found on your typical dashboard – FM radio, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes/MP3 music player, and web-connectivity for searches. When you get into your luxury car you are now forced with a choice; in-dash computer system or your smart device in your pocket that is ultimately more up to date and possibly faster…seems silly to have two of the same thing.
Now these applications of which hundreds, if not thousands, are programmed and born into the virtual world everyday could be sponsored by car manufacturers to control the other basic dashboard controls, mainly your HVAC and perhaps your seat position. When you think about, many of those things are already controlled by a computer chip and computer program anyhow, you are just taking the computer out of the engine bay and into your pocket.
So final thoughts – your mobile phone now controls you vehicle. You get into your vehicle, plug in your mobile device, the car awakens to your preferences (maybe even greets you like Jarvis from Iron Man), and you are on your merry way utilizing your applications to entertain you while in the car.
Your mobile device now becomes your car keys (there is already an application that will unlock your car if you have a specific security system linked to it) which means one less thing to carry in your pocket.
But…what happens if I lose my phone? Well, how do you lose something that for the majority of people in the population that has cellular technology around them, is the last thing you look at before you go to sleep, the first thing you look at when you wake up, and oddly enough the one thing that you play with even in your most private moments?
It’s just an idea – who says it couldn’t happen?