The Coolest Things Coming: Lifestyle Apps from Emerging Mobile Technology
The real pleasure of visiting an personal electronics show like CTIA, the wireless conference which ends today in Las Vegas, is not just playing with the high-design devices that’ll be out in a couple of months (i.e. Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C902, a phone with a 5 mp, face-detection camera, straight-to-blog uploading and a Xenon flash ) but hearing the most creative minds in manufacturing dream about what technology could make happen in the next couple of years. Imagine:
-Having a camcorder that would allow you to send a video stream directly to a website, so your party or a kid’s play could be seen “broadcast live!” This could happen as cameras, camcorders and video-shooting phones are embedded with WiMAX chips (high-speed wireless internet access). As Samsung’s Paul Thurneysen predicts, “You’re not just going to be visiting a social networking site to see someone’s posts, you’ll be seeing a live feed.”
-Emergency text messaging systems which could alert an entire college campus or entire neighborhood to a dangerous situation. That’s just one of many “location-based services” U.S. carriers are considering.