I pondered about what the mobile device is optimized for now and what it will be optimized for in future. HD videos, as I noted there, is certainly one thing. But I have to follow that up with saying that it’s far more complicated than that!
So, what all does it mean to have HD video content delivered to your mobile device? It means a stellar battery life. A lightening fast connection to the cloud. Seamless switching across available wireless interfaces. Serendipitous discovery of content. Collation and curation of content using social, knowledge and personalized interest graphs. Intelligent syncing and storage in the cloud. Fashionable peripherals that are beyond geeky. And much much more.
Innovations will need to span several areas to make all this work together and create the next level of user experience… Solar and wireless charging. Stable and intelligent connections. Peer-level content discovery. Contextual delivery of content. Unobtrusive interrupts. AI on a distributed system composed of vastly different resources. Intelligent purging of content from the cloud. Revolutionary industrial design on peripherals. Semantic structures, automated metadata creation and refinement, overlay networking, software-based networks, programmable hardware, invisible security and automatic situational privacy are all areas that will see huge advancements in the years to come.
As a spot check, where are we today? Still in a fairly dumb digital world, with a long way to go! We have lots of bandwidth, but fairly dumb connection management. Lots of data, but it is fairly cumbersome to look for information in it. Screens ready for the HD video challenge, but with no knowledge when I might find it annoying vs interesting. Ability to produce massive amounts of content, but with no knowledge of where to share it by default or how long to store it. At some point, the capabilities of the device, cloud and the network in terms of bandwidth, data, content creation and content for consumption need to pause to let the synthesis and intelligence catch up.
The decade ahead is going to be as interesting and revolutionary as the past decade! I’m looking forward to it!