Mobile technology is amazing. Who would have thought that you could walk around with relatively underpowered computing devices and harness the data processing of the internet. This is the genius of smartphones. In a very real sense, this is the genius that Apple and its former leading spokesman, Steve Jobs, brought to the table. Using the app-based technology, people can unleash the tremendous data processing, data storage and information collaboration power of the internet to change their daily waking systems. Augmented reality, cloud computing, location specific computing, you name it, all this flow through mobile technology. Since, a lot of these technology trends have already come to pass. One would wonder where the next step is for mobile devices. Well, the next step is quite obvious. The problem with a mobile device is that you have a very tiny screen. Sure, phablets are getting bigger and bigger. But the reality on the ground is, they will never get big enough that a lot of the user interface and usability issues that people currently have with their mobile phone are gonna go away.
There have been baby steps in terms of helping people work their mobile devices smarter and more efficiently. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has this two key features that made navigating with mobile devices easier, at least on paper. Air gesture helps you work your phone just by waving your hand over it. You can answer a call or you can move your sound player to the next track all with the wave of your hand. The other Samsung innovation, eye scroll lets you use your eyes to move a page up or down. Well, when these devices were announced, people got their hopes and it looks like these features still have a lot of work to be done. Be that as it may, they do highlight the need for improvements in motion detection and motion navigation for mobile. This problem is going to get a lot more attention and a lot more innovation. Samsung opened the door in a very clear and convincing manner. Still, while many people weren’t exactly blown away by these solutions, they are, nevertheless, steps in the right direction.
In 2014, expect to see more progress made in really cracking the code as to how to make the mobile navigation experience as seamless and easy as possible. We have barely just began. We suspect that the future is going to be much more interactive and easier on end-users.