I was told I had a foresight for tech and if you had seen my Onezine video (below), this was 4 years before the iPad and its apps are the norm nowadays. 
I'm always glad we uploaded this video in 2006 to prove that we had seen this coming and a date time stamp on it. We will soon witness the demise of the Smart Phones just like how the digital magazines are killing the printed ones.


So, now im using my blog post with its date and time stamp to say this (Mark my words) -  "The mobile phone that you are proudly holding in your hands right now will be obsolete in 5 years time." Technology leaps forward almost every 5 years and we are almost at that point. It usually is a convergence of matured technology. Without its mobile phone predecessor, it might not be successful. However, with all of us having the habit of sticking the phone to our eyes wherever we are ( train, restaurants, toilets, walking, etc). The tech people of the world has a good sense that slapping the screen to our eyes is the next best thing. I realised this when I wished i could see where I was going when watching videos while walking. 


Seeing the trend nowadays, a new wave of Smart Glasses is coming and i finally realised why Mark Zuckerberg bought Oculus and the other big boys are jumping on the bandwagon, Microsoft with its Hololens, Google with its Glass and im pretty sure that Apple might (i say "might" because our visionary Steve Jobs is no longer here to see the future) have something up its sleeve as well. Remembering back to my engineering 101 about designing a swing which basically needs a plank, ropes and a branch of a tree. Our smartphones are the same - A screen, A CPU and a camera. So who says it has to be shaped in this way? If we change the form factor and reposition the 3 main modules, it can be better designed that we do not even need to hold it. And with our current form factor, we are stuck with a flat 2D interaction limited to our length x breadth screen size and swiping through the "unlimited" desktops are never enough. The most successful innovations tends to be eliminating the problems of the current successful innovations (phones, tvs, cars, etc)


Knowing the above now, it makes better sense to use the space around us to add virtual content without holding any devices. Describing this brings no excitement because you need to see it to believe it. The Hololens by Microsoft looks exciting but is not available yet but the video by Space Glasses is already ready for purchase. 


As you see that we are no longer limited by our screensize. We can literally use the world around us to leave applications or content that makes sense to us only at that point. Here's a few ideas to get you going. Imagine these virtual application windows :-
a) Add things to buy at the fridge (without investing in those smart fridge)
b) At your regular supermarket with your shopping list of the things to remind you what you need to buy
c) on the ceiling reading or watching a movie on a virtual 80 inch screen
d) shows you details of the weather and traffic at your window or door.
Or if you still prefer screens near you, call them up like how Iron Man does it.


With this wearable tech, it's going to kill the BLE beacons as well. With the beacons, you got to turn on your bluetooth (which no one ever do) and gets an irritating notifications or content when you get in range. With the Smart Glasses, you literally will see the content exactly where the merchant left it. So imagine a floating screen above the shoes you are going to buy and air-swipe to see whether it has your size and snap your fingers to leave your details to the merchant for reservation. You can also put a note on this pair of shoes that you think is great for your sister and when she comes by , she literally will see the note attached to the shoes. All these is already acheivable and already very close to the future Minority Report has depicted. 



We will probably not be able to experience it like this (without a Smart Glass) until at least another 10 more years, when it is no longer sexy to wear the huge smartglasses but simpy putting on smart contact lenses. If you are still rooting for Hologram , you can give up on that dream because i personally think it will never beat personalised Augmented Reality which makes more sense for mass adoption.


For now, know that all of this is already possible and makes investment sense for enterprises. Such 1 time cost will reap them huge savings when errors are reduced and time is saved, bringing them closer in bringing their values to their customers. Just like DHL ...