Although Marty Cooper of Motorola is credited as the maker of world’s first portable mobile device, it can be argued that they were not entirely a brainchild of his own mind. It is highly likely that he might have taken cues from the many science fiction movies that have accurately showcased use of mobile phones way back – more than 50 years – before it was invented or even imagined.
And, not just movies, the portrayal of utopia of mobile phones is found in many books and works of literature as well. For instance, take a look at lines of a 1931 children’s book :
“A gentleman who rode along the sidewalk in front of them, suddenly stepped off the conveyor belt, pulled a phone from his coat pocket, spoke a number into it and shouted: “Gertrude, listen, I’ll be an hour late for lunch because I want to go to the laboratory. Goodbye, sweetheart!” Then he put his pocket phone away again, stepped back on the conveyor belt, started reading a book…” —— Erich Kästner
The reference of mobile phones at a time before they existed, let alone had a name, might seem like utter fantasy to many, but is an example of sheer brilliance of a small bunch of people of the creative niche. They were not scientists or researchers, but some revolutionary filmmakers, novelists, and writers who dared to think beyond and accurately picture what the future might look like.
So, instead of relying on the influential personalities of the tech and science world, let’s take it from the genius filmmakers of today who are still giving us a glimpse of future of mobile via their fictional movies. And, you can be rest assured about these portrayals taking a real shape because it has worked so far.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 features that you can expect in your future mobile phones and which has been already portrayed by the movies of current decade.
Holographic Display & Communication
The way Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man flicks through his many transparent, 3D screens of mobile and computer is a clear syndication of what the screen of future smartphones might look like. Holographic display, a conceptual technology that enables projecting screens from your mobile onto anywhere are most likely to be a part of your real world. This will also enable holographic communication like the one you have seen in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek.
A talking OS with A.I.
Remember Samantha, the Operating System from the movie Her, that fell in love with the protagonists of the movie and finally goes into exile. While, many argue that Apple’s Siri is a reflection of that, a talking operating system with artificial intelligence is one of the features you can expect on your mobile phones in future.
The dystopian science fiction movie Total Recall featured a unique and interesting mobile technology – implanted circuitry. The film shows how a mobile circuit has been implanted inside the dermis of the protagonist’s palm, which he later removed because it allowed others to trace him. The way we are trying to eliminate wires and unnecessary components of a phone, it is quite believable if in future we ditch the entire external hardware and have only the required circuitry that can be embedded anywhere.
Like a Jedi would have put it, “The force is strong with the phone”.