While ten years may not seem like a long time to many, the rate at which technology is increasing in complexity and performance is growing exponentially. When we remember cell phones from 2002, we can remember how heavy and bulky they were, the fact that very few had access to any real form of internet and how cruddy the screens were, some of them still only displaying two colors. The amount of change that will occur over the next decade will be much more dramatic than the changes we have seen this past decade.
Customize the Phone, Not Just the Skin
Visualizing a cell phone’s design may depend only upon your preference, as cell phones will likely be constructed of flexible, clear material. The entirety of the device will serve as a screen and a touch-screen, responding far more effectively to our commands than they do today. Due to this versatility, the entire device in effect can be customized – no need for cell phone “skins” or cases anymore. Speaking of cases, these phones’ surfaces will be much more resistant to scratches and dings than current screens and may even feature recently-developed technology that allows for the device to actually repair itself using a polymer that “self-heals”.
You Phone Will Be More Than Just a Phone
By this point, cell phones will have become the ultimate and only communications and assistance device in our portable lives. Much as we have seen alarm clocks, calculators and MP3 players recede from use thanks to the cell phone there will be even larger implications in the coming decade. Soon, phones will be able to act as our wallets, all-in-one medical devices, and may even replace our current computing systems if a hyper-efficient projection system can be developed in the next few years. It is very likely that these devices will feature projection keyboards that can be used on a surface.
Not in the Pocket, It Will Probably Be on Your Wrist
Most likely, the device will take on a general form of a watch, easily snapping into place. As hard as it may be to believe, these phones will most likely be fully flexible, bending and twisting into a variety of wield-able shapes. These devices will probably also contain several forms of “sense” such as being able to analyze air quality and take blood pressure and measure blood sugar. It’s also possible that the phone will even be able to alter its shape – for example, when vibrating – if sufficient developments in nanotechnology end up occurring in the next decade.