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16 June 2010 @ 04:43 am
Phones indistinguishable from magic  
Man, I'm terrible at updating. Have been rather busy wrapping up the "Access to Higher Education" course I'm doing and looking forward to a relaxing summer break before starting uni.

I mentioned last post that I recently acquired an HTC Desire, one of the newer Android smartphones. I've had a while to get used to it now, and it's a genuinely amazing piece of technology. While I'd argue that it's probably the best available in the UK at the moment (at least for my purposes), it's undeniable that the whole range of modern smartphones are extremely impressive. The last time I purchased a smartphone was in 2005- a Nokia 6630, one of the first 3G smartphones. At the time, it was great- 220MHz processor, capable of running java apps, 1.3MP camera- these features were pretty high-end back in early 2005, but now they're laughably outdated. Obviously, five years from now, my shiny new Desire will look pretty old and busted.

So what can we look forward to in the next few years of phone design? Well, Technology Review reckons that 3D is going to be big in phones and I hope they're right. While wearing goggles to view 3D screens may be a bit of hassle, small devices such as phones and the Nintendo 3DS won't require special eye-wear, making them a much more attractive prospect. As mentioned in the last post, processors will continue to get faster and more efficient, but that's pretty much to be expected for any device. One development I'm really hoping for is cheaper, lighter and higher-resolution augmented reality goggles for constant data layers placed over real-life. 3D screens are nice and all, but they don't really match up to full AR. It looks as if the software to handle it smoothly is coming along nicely too.

Apps like Layar, Talk to Me, and Google Goggles are already pretty incredible combined with the hardware of a modern smartphone. I can't wait to see what capabilities are available by the time my contract is up for renewal.
(Anonymous) on June 16th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
to be honest
i think wikitude is better than layar.