Smartphones have grown into devices constantly taking over other parts of the private business world. Whether you want to talk about the fact that dedicated MP3 players are almost non-existent, the fact that learning a language is now mostly done through apps that you can download, or the fact that everyone now has a decent camera built right into their phone, there is a lot to talk about.
So many devices are now entirely controlled by the smartphone. So, with that out of the way, here are three strange smartphone features I hope to see in the next few years.
1. Safety Equipment for Bicycles
Even though riding a bike is still relatively uncommon, I have found that eBikes authentically change that idea. Software like Strava and Google Maps have already caught on to this trend, so I think it’s about time for manufacturers to do the same.
One thing I’d love to see smartphones take over is the whole business of bicycle safety gear. Whether we’re talking about headlights, taillights, or even a “bell” for your bike that is easy to use to let others know you’re there. Think about how convenient it would be if you could use your phone not only as a GPS and fitness tracker but also as your bike’s lights. This would make it much easier to ride a motorcycle and make it much safer.
Imagine a lightbar at the very top of our phones that could shine light outward, a few blinking red lights at the bottom of your phone, and a part of the lock screen that can be changed to make a good sound. Even though the battery may be a concern, the basic idea for an “All-In-One” bike accessory is good.
2. Computer Mouse
We’ve put people on the moon’s surface, but a supercomputer that fits in your pocket and has dozens of sensors can’t be used as a computer mouse. I’m well aware that people can use their phones in this way with open-source tools, but it’s not easy to do.
Imagine how nice it would be to have a computer and a smartphone that can act as a mouse when needed. Aside from some ergonomic concerns, I think most smartphones already have what you need to make a working mouse. They have sensors that can figure out distances, they can be charged, they have batteries, and of course, they have a touchscreen for input. This may be a small market, but it could add even more value to a regular smartphone if it’s done right.
3. Solar Cell
Now, I know that many people laugh at the idea that some of our devices could be powered by the sun. But as someone who values a long battery life daily, I think this makes sense now that it’s 2022. Small solar cells on our phones will not only help trickle charge the battery from the light that is already hitting it (even if it’s indoor lighting), but they will also make our devices last longer in the long run.
I wouldn’t need these solar cells to add more than 5 percent to my battery life. In reality, that’s enough to keep me from having to plug in my phone. Suppose solar cells were combined with the fact that smartphones are getting more energy efficient almost every year. In that case, I could see a future where our pocket-sized supercomputers almost entirely ran on solar energy.
Some of these possible smartphone features could be available in the next few years, but I don’t expect that to happen. I think that even though they sound simple, putting them into software systems like Android 13 and iOS 16 is not an easy task.
On top of that, many companies are fighting hard to be the leader in silicon (Intel, AMD, Nvidia, ARM, Google, Samsung, and Apple). Even so, I hope I’m wrong, and these features will be added very soon! Here are some weird features I would like to see built into smartphones.
Now I want to hear from everyone else. What crazy feature would you like to see on smartphones? Please leave your thoughts and comments below to let me know what you think.