So, I've been following the recent advances in mobile phones and I am increasingly confident that they will completely wipe out regular laptops and PCs as we know them.
I see the future as follows: Mobile phones will be become more powerful (although we are already entering the age where we have quadcore processors in phones) and also have much longer battery life (there have been some exciting promises made by battery manufacturers recently that have yet to see the light of day).
As phones become more powerful, they will replace not only our home entertainment systems but also our work laptops too. Image the following scenario: You get up in the morning to your phone alarm. You check the news, weather, stocks on your tv (which is taking the data wirelessly from your phone). You go to work and pop your phone into a docking station where you can use your monitor and keyboard to write docs, do email etc. For anything that requires more processing power, such as compiling code, rendering 3D images, processing video, your phone simply connects to a cloud of processing computers.
you leave work, your phone reminds you that you need to pick up some shopping. You use your phone to make the payment. As soon as you enter your house, you go to your stereo system, which has wireless access to all your tunes on your phone to play some music. then you decide to watch a tv show, again streamed via your internet connection on your phone to the tv screen. If an important work email comes in, it pops up on your tv and you can quickly pull out your wireless keyboard and reply. You can also quickly check on any work processes that are working in the cloud and then quickly switch back to Eastenders, right where you left off.
I mean, I don't think this is too far from where we are right now anyway. These days people sit on a couch and check their phone while they're watching the box.
This is just a simple, everyday scenario, I haven't even touched on some of the healthcare monitoring softwares that are being developed for phones or other things like banking, exercise (using the gyroscope of the phone to play wii like games).
The common thinking was that we are moving to a time when we have multiple computers all interconnected. I've read that we moved from Mainframes (one computer, many people) towards ubiquitous computing (one person, many computers). However, I think that we only need one computer with multiple interfaces.
So if anyone wants to start up a company with me, I'm going into the manufacture of mobile phone periferals.
So, what do you think?? What's your own vision of the next 10-15 years.