Prediction: Single Device for Ubiquitous Access

Any computing device that can’t fit in your pocket will be obsolete in >3 years.

Am I crazy?  What am I talking about?  Imagine this, you have a mobile, always connected device like an iPhone, with even more computing power, and faster wireless connectivity to others and to a massive datastore, i.e. virtual network storage of 10 TerraBytes.

When mobile, you can use the device to stream video from your network storage or from a video service like netflix, you can call friends and have a voice or a video call with them, you can check your schedule and invite friends to play basketball or over for dinner, you can receive a reminder from your dentist about your appointment coming up tomorrow.  All this, and you are doing it from anywhere.

Ok, how about some real work?  You sit down at your desk, take your phone out of your pocket and toss it onto a pad on your desk where it starts to wirelessly recharge and due to the proximity with another device, a peripheral hub connects over some other wireless signal like Bluetooth x.0.  The hub then turns on other local devices, displays video from the device over to your curved, 1mn thin, OLED external monitor, and accepts inputs from the now “powered” wireless keyboard, and mouse.  Also since your mobile device now has the extra power source, it quadruples it’s max CPU and video processor clock speeds.

Also, since you are in your home or what that your office… it switches to a faster, but local network automatically, where you can still take calls, make calls, and video conference seamlessly all without manual interaction, outside of setting it all up the first time.

You check your spreadseets, schedule meetings, program a bit, and later take a call over your wireless bluetooth headset while walking over to the kitchen and making coffee.  You wonder where your wife is, so u tap the device in your ear and say, “locate Jessica.”  She has already granted GPS access to you, and her device (also connected wirelessly) says she is 5 miles away, traveling at a rate of 4km/h).  Hmm, she should be on her way home by now, I wonder what she’s doing, maybe getting dinner.  You then make another voice commend, “read, schedule, tomorrow” where a voice named Jack reads you tomorrows agenda.  You think to yourself, that was good coffee, I’ll have to add it to the grocery list.  You then say, “add, grocery list, Petes Dark Colombian.”

It just so happens that Jessica is on the way to the grocery store before going home.  She is already looking at the family grocery list and sees the new item appear while picking up some fruit.  She checks off her current item and goes for the coffee isle.

When she goes to checkout, she walks with her basket though an “arch” where all her items are tabulated and her “eCoupons” stored on her phone are added to the order.  The receipt is displayed on her device, she glances at it, sees that it is inline with her historical cost based on her items, and taps pay.  This initiates a transfer from her central PayPal account to Harris Teeter.  After getting into her car which was unlocked and started by her unique Bluetooth ID coming from her mobile device, she stops at the electricity station (what else is powering her car?) and afterwards, again accepts the charges from her mobile device again pulling funds from her Paypal account which suddly notifies her that her balance is x, but her scheduled payroll transfer of X is coming in 6hrs.  Good thing today payday she thinks 🙂

On the way home, she always says, “read, schedule, tonight”  Noticing that she’s totally free, she then says, “read, movies, new” which looks up her preset movie host, Netflix, and dictates the new moves (that she has not previously ordered/seen) that week, based on her predefined preferences.  She hears the summary and reviews of one she’s interested in and says, “order.”  The movie payment comes from her Paypal account and she smiles thinking about how much her husband should appreciate a movie about espionage in Latin America.

She get home to find her husband in the multimedia room playing golf with his brother Peter, or I should say “virtually” golfing.  The room contains a huge curved OLED screen, and is also wireless connected to the home processing unit, which had synced up the scheduled game invite he accepted while on the way home himself.  Peter sees over the video feed that Jessica walked into the room and says, “Oh, I see the misses is home, lets pick this up again tomorrow, ‘game, save.'”  After a “ding” which indicates his command executed successfully, he says, “I’ll be in NYC tomorrow, but the place I’m staying has Media Rooms, good thing my wireless device firmware flashed itself to be compatible with the Open Interface standard Marriott just certified as compatible.  Next time, I’ll invite the other guys and we’ll try that course you like in Hawaii.” You smile, and after saying goodbye, you turn to your wife who tells you dinner is on the way and switches to the media screen to video->netflix queue.


Ok, I started and went a bit further then anticipated, however you get my drift. I’m working on a few of these ideas, and a few others 🙂


3 thoughts on “Prediction: Single Device for Ubiquitous Access”

  1. No question that the devices will get that power soon (think Moore’s law). The real question/limitation is the wireless networks to support the data access. Can they keep up?

  2. I think with localized access, yes. When you are at home where you have a wireless local area network connected to an actual wire, connected to the net, you will have VERY fast access.

    And when you are away from a wireless LAN, cell networks are getting much faster, and for micro area networks, bluetooth+ should suffice. The problems I see are security, and getting that Open Standard of data exchange.

  3. Ah, how about biometric’s integrated in to the device, with certain (secure) access needing it that level of authorization, ie credit payments or private data access.

    1st gen biometrics like fingerprint scanners should suffice, then later maybe checking biorhythms, or some other less user action oriented method. One of those, plus proximity of the device to the 3rd party sensor, will help.

    For network access, we have some pretty sophisticated algorithms now… certainly this device could be no worst, with good architecture.

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