There is not one mobile future, but 7 billion futures, said Intel Fellow and anthropologist Dr.
"Mobility technology has been transforming human society for centuries. Its future will be influenced not only by the shrinking size of computing technology due to Moore's Law, but also by global population growth," Bell said. "Our inspiration should come not only from the invention of new technology ingredients, but also from the needs and desires of human beings. It's not one future we are shaping -- it's 7 billion futures, and counting."
What people want in future mobility
Bell's work as an anthropologist at
A "smart clothing" demonstration from
This single example represented each of the four themes of future mobile technology. The cyclist can enjoy the personal experience of riding and stay in the flow of the moment without worrying about controlling the jacket's functionality. The jacket also augments his body making him more visible and allowing him to safely pursue riding at all hours of the day or night.
Required technology building blocks
Bell emphasized that these human desires require that
"This global vision requires a constant interplay between what technology makes possible and what individuals desire," said Bell. "
Truly personal mobile experiences depend on low power
Bell discussed how the mobile future will require power consumption orders of magnitude lower than is available today. As devices begin to understand people better, this will require constant sensing at low power. Underscoring the possiblities,
"Low power is essential for the future of wearable devices and sensors in smart spaces, where frequent charging or power cables would be burdensome or even impossible," said
Importance of context awareness
Middleware that helps devices understand the context in which their users are operating is another important ingredient for developers creating applications and services that offer truly personalized mobile experiences. In a demonstration of context awareness technology, a smartphone was able to detect when two individuals were in the vicinity of each other by continuously monitoring voices heard through their microphones. The information was used to create recommendations of nearby services such restaurant options -- recommendations which could be tailored to the pair or to groups of individuals. For example, different choices might be suggested for a person who was near friends, rather than his or her children or co-workers.
In another demonstration, Dr. Bell showed how context-awareness might help to balance security and personal convenience. As a smartphone monitored a person's walking patterns, it could recognize the person, and, based on this, open access to certain functions of the phone. Dr. Bell noted that this approach to security -- when safely under the control of its rightful owner -- is an interesting future security model for mobile devices.
In the conclusion of Dr. Bell's presentation,
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