Top Cell Phone Technologies

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The way we use our phones is rapidly changing and it is uncertain anybody is really noticing. Phone technologies are plethora of new information, and dissecting all the madness should be left to the pros. But here are some seriously deep phone technologies to consider:
Flexible screens and the “internet of things”
Imagine a phone which could be folded and unfolded. This technology is here with Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. The Flexphone smart-phone could expand to replace all four screens (phone, tablet, PC, TV) in your house? It created a new take on e-paper easily turning a phone into a gaming device, tablets PC, or fully fledged media-player. You can also flip photos from one screen to another, shifting form-factors and easily morphing the phone into whatever device you need it to be.
If a Flex phone isn’t your flavor, then how about the little item called the ‘Round Phone’? This is the future, a phone that can connect to the “internet of things”, and becomes a part of everyday life by how it interacts with us. The Round phone connects and adapt to a huge variety of items. Connect it to the fridge and to find out what food items you are missing, or connect it to a shower for the temperature of the water. It is like having a tiny round robot in your pocket.
Holograms and “The Minority Report” interactions
When Round phones have lost their novelty, how about a smart phone which moves into 3D territory with holograms loaded and ready to go? It may seem a bit far-fetched but holographic projections are not too far behind. Apple’s ‘Retina Display’ provides a resolution sharper than what a human eye can perceive. Using elements of movement to pull, compress, or grab holograms with a Smartphone is a concept recently showcased in an ongoing development program. Holographic projections through user interaction are the next bus stop for 3D phones.
Gaming consoles on the run
Then there is always the in-built projector concept. Why not include a projector within? In 2010, Samsung Galaxy Beam was released. It features Digital Light Projection (DLP), a WVGA which projects at up to 50 inches in size at 15 lumens. Interactive gaming consoles just got better. Similar to Kinect, your voice and movements are captured and commands are issued to interact with the Smartphone. Some kinks will have to be worked out first, like the immense drain on battery life and the amount of light it outputs.
This is technology which has landed already into laps of development. With that, where else could cell phone technology go? We see Smartphones interacting with drones. Smartphones with augmented reality capabilities; how could it all possibly get better?
Hold your horses…
How about a self-powered cell phone? This is a dream come true for those that are continually running to charge their phones. The latest research in nano materials looks promising with super ultra efficient systems that would power your device using the vibrations of your voice or the tapping of your fingertips on a touchscreen. Piezoelectric materials generate a tiny electric current from mechanical movement. Microphones are just one of the many items which use this effect to turn sound into an electrical signal. Harnessing this current at a nano scale produces piezoelectricity.
It is always exciting to see unfolding and innovative new ideas in cell phone technologies. There is an anticipation and inner applause when we rush off to try out the new merchandise. The future outlook is a giddy one into uncharted territory, ideas from futuristic films brought to reality.

Is GPS Always A Sure Thing?

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The Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a vital service embedded deep into the lives of modern civilization. No one could have known how imperative this design would be across all areas of life. We have everything from self-driving cars to geofencing to finding a safe route home. The problem with GPS however, is it can be jammed by ill seekers. GPS relies on weak signals from about 12,600 miles above our Earth. GPS service is easily interrupted by underground tunnels, mountain ranges, and high rise cities. So how reliable is GPS? Well, there are pocket-sized GPS jammers available to buy online for cheap. The range is small and only shoots a radius of a few meters, yet someone with a little know-how could actually build a device to encompass large areas.
The consequences of not having it together with GPS technology are more difficult than simply not being able to find a nearby Starbucks. Failure of GPS can mean complete loss of control, especially for a force such as an airplane or sea vessel. Do we have a GPS backup? So far, our GPS system consists of global coverage of just 32 orbiting satellites. You can see nine satellites at any given time. The distance between the satellites and us means the signals are very easy to jam. The solution to a potential threat with GPS would be to consider other alternatives to GPS, or even building ground-based alternatives in lieu of worst-case scenario would occur.blockedsignal
Unintentional interference has already occurred without most even noticing it. You can be in your car driving and the navigation system drops out for maybe 30 seconds or less. Reports have that this has already happened with huger risks such as jets barreling through the sky.
It is explained that since GPS has been around for awhile, and seemed dependable, many other navigation systems (some used as a backup) have been removed now, making us solely dependent on GPS navigation system. They were considered expensive to maintain and only covered local areas. Yet, perhaps this is the exact reason we need to keep those other navigation systems in place. Researchers say critical infrastructure can be impacted by GPS failure to the extent of ‘loss of life’. Interference can include plane and airport navigation systems, ships and security vans, and emergency service vehicles.
For now, no one seems to want to discuss this as a problem. One researcher even said it is a touchy subject everyone is afraid to talk about. This in and of itself, is a huge problem. We are basically setting ourselves up for a target. Never mind the electrical grid, worry about devastation from a cheap jamming into our GPS system. Next time, when you are deep in your GPS routing a cycle path home and your GPS blanks out for a minute, consider the consequences of this on a large scale. Maybe people should talk about it.