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July, 10th 2013

Cognitive thinking

While it is obviously very hard to predict what is next regarding the evolution of smartphone-related hardware and software offerings (from both evolution and innovation points of view), the fast pace at which we are seeing features being created and released nowadays gives us some hints considering what features devices might have in the near future.

The way smartphone technology is changing currently can be considered not only an evolution but a revolution—a real technological shift in terms of both hardware and software capabilities.

This revolution opens up new opportunities not only for software developers and hardware manufacturers that belong to our current smartphone ecosystem but for all kinds of businesses that are not related to technology as well.

Let us discuss those opportunities and possibilities as well as try to predict the changes coming in the next years regarding mobile computing, devices and software.

Mobile computing and smarter computing

Given the revolution in terms of software and hardware capabilities, the so-called smartphone will become the smarter phone.

It will not be called nor considered prevalently a phone anymore. Actually, if we think about that for a minute, it is already somehow wrong and outdated to call the more sophisticated mobile devices today a “something-phone.” It is more appropriate to start considering the current smartphones as smart mobile computers.

And now that we have mobile computing, it will soon become just computing. There will be no differentiation between mobile and other types of computing—mobile will be the norm. There will be a new wave of technology convergence, incorporating disparate devices and functions into an even more consolidated type of computer. Being mobile will not be anything special, and future computers will be intrinsically mobile ones.

Finally, in the very near future, they will not be called smart computers but smarter computers. And then, smarter computing will be just computing again.


We will see a new wave of convergence, as future devices will be incorporating more and more functions that today are present in some separate accessories and modules.

Actually, today mobile devices already have many types of sensors, including:

  • Accelerometers

  • Geomagnetic sensors

  • Gyro sensors

  • Proximity sensors

  • RGB light sensors

  • Barometers

  • Gesture sensors

  • Temperature sensors

  • Humidity sensors

All these sensors and powerful hardware capabilities enable us to develop new Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) interfaces, innovative user experiences and use cases that have never even been imagined before.

Samsung recently released some powerful devices that implement new, innovative ways of interacting, featuring eye tracking, eye scrolling and air gesture supported capabilities.

It is really exciting to have all those hardware capabilities already available today and more still to come. The revolution is just beginning.


It has been widely announced that we will have many smarter applications offered by IBM using IBM Watson as the back-end system, according to a recent article released by Forbes. An article we promoted on our IBM Mobile Facebook page expands on this and talks about having Watson embedded in handheld devices by 2020. That will allow us to have true cognitive and mobile computers.

Besides all that, mobile computer software will also evolve exponentially, supported by all the powerful hardware features, sensors and changes impacting HCI.

The new software capabilities will be supported by devices with many sensors, multiple processor cores, plenty of RAM memory, flexible displays and other components based on graphene and many new form factors.

Actually, we are already starting to see some new form factors, like smart watches and smart glasses, just to name some possible new ones. And they are becoming smarter as time goes on.

Given all these predictions, how do you imagine the new era of cognitive devices in the twenty-first century? Which capabilities and interaction use cases do you think about?

Let me know your opinion. Please provide feedback in the comments section or connect with me on Twitter.

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July 12, 2013
9:36 am

nice post, i am very interesting.

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July 16, 2013
11:36 pm

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