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2013-06-12 10:28:33 PM  
I can totally picture phone apps with pulse monitoring bracelet that automatically dial 911 if you have a heart attack or something. Could save a lot of lives.
 
2013-06-12 11:00:54 PM  

nmrsnr: I can totally picture phone apps with pulse monitoring bracelet that automatically dial 911 if you have a heart attack or something. Could save a lot of lives.


I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.
Seriously, which do you think will come first?
 
2013-06-13 12:07:37 AM  

optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?


Why would I use that app?
 
2013-06-13 12:09:31 AM  
Ooooh, bendable screens! I'm sure they'll be worth the $500. Because you can bend it.
 
2013-06-13 12:20:45 AM  

nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?


Because you'd get a major discount from your Insurance Company. Or your work place would make it mandatory.

Today we see same thing; from "flo" and your car insurance. From progessive...install "Snapshot" on your car a computer dongle that reports driving habits to get a lower rate. What now is a 'discount" from 'rate suckers" will soon be mandatory.
http://www.progressive.com/auto/snapshot/

I fail to see why that App wouldn't be either popular or mandatory for insurance in the near future. Same thing really.
Why would you think if the technology existed to track your health habits a health insurance company wouldn't do the EXACT thing. And your employer would make that a condition of insurance?
 
2013-06-13 12:32:20 AM  

nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?


That's like how my insurance company was talking about the potential for a device that monitors your driving but you get a discount.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.
 
2013-06-13 12:33:11 AM  
Call me when we get these...

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-13 12:52:17 AM  

MadSkillz: nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?

That's like how my insurance company was talking about the potential for a device that monitors your driving but you get a discount.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.


Dude right? I like driving fast way too much. F*ck it, I'll pay extra.
 
2013-06-13 01:03:35 AM  
Some of those are kind of creepy.
 
2013-06-13 01:29:46 AM  

optikeye: ...install "Snapshot" on your car a computer dongle that reports driving habits to get a lower rate


Right, like that device I have to get my passenger to blow into or my car won't start.
 
2013-06-13 02:26:00 AM  
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7794830/84783458#c84783458" target="_blank">MadSkillz</a>:</b> <i>That's like how my insurance company was talking about the potential for a device that monitors your driving but you get a discount.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.</i>

My insurance company, when I was a kid, offered refunds for every year without a claim. As a 17 year-old with a three speeding tickets (dude, who didn't speed at that age), my premium approached 2 grand per year in 1990s dollars. Liability alone was around a grand. Thankfully my dad had a good job and helped me with the payments as long as I held a job.

The refund for a year without a ticket, not to mention no accidents (which I had never had)?

$16.

/not making this up
//I got my act together and you give us 16 farking dollars, and advertise it on TV as a reason we should choose you?
///perhaps things have changed for the better, but whenever I see one of those "reduced premiums for every year you don't have an accident Allstate commercials, I immediately assume bullsh*t
 
2013-06-13 02:40:40 AM  

Mugato: optikeye: ...install "Snapshot" on your car a computer dongle that reports driving habits to get a lower rate

Right, like that device I have to get my passenger to blow into or my car won't start.


I hate to admit this, but I've done that. Thing is, I knew the guy was fine to drive; no more impaired than someone trying to eat a dollar cheeseburger while driving. But it was a desperate situation (a rare snow and I hate riding a motorcycle in anything resembling ice), and this guy's car wouldn't start with ANY booze in his system (as I understand it, the BAC varies from state to state). They do put timers on them, though, so I had to keep blowing in it at intervals. Jokes to the left.

It was dumb of him to have even two beers and assume I was going to save his ass. I drove his car home because, for some reason, I was completely sober, and then picked him up for work the next day after having driven it to my place.
 
2013-06-13 05:01:16 AM  
My prediction: small processing and battery unit that you keep around you at all times, like a necklace, earrings, ring, or bracelet.  Swappable and interchangeable (and heavily encrypted) peripherals that it communicates with wirelessly depending on what peripherals are within range.  Maybe you have glasses while driving, or a tablet to hang up like a little calendar on your cubicle at work.  Maybe a combo of contact lenses to display the visual, and implanted earpieces for all the audio and voice commands.
 
2013-06-13 05:23:04 AM  
My voice is my password. Verify me.
 
2013-06-13 05:52:14 AM  
So, not so much "predictions" as a list of things that already exist (or will definitely exist because they're in the end-stages of development) that some random dude thinks will go from their current niche to moderate popularity to more widespread popularity.

Ooh, things that the industry has already developed successfully explicitly to expand their presence in the smartphone/mobile market will likely show up in the mobile market soon!  OOOOOOHHHH BEHOLD MY SUPERIOR PREDICTIONS OF HOLMESIAN INTELLECT.
 
2013-06-13 06:23:50 AM  
FTA: Taking Moore's Law to its extreme conclusion, smartphones should be packing sub-20nm 256-bit, 32-core processors in five years.

Wasn't there some quantum stuff they were running into? Something about not knowing exactly in which "track" the electron was that messed up the computations in certain size transistors?

Kingly
Weevil
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MadSkillz: nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?

That's like how my insurance company was talking about the potential for a device that monitors your driving but you get a discount.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.

Dude right? I like driving fast way too much. F*ck it, I'll pay extra.


It is more about the insurance company getting access to location data. Why the hell would you let a company follow you with GPS for a few bucks? Yes, I know about mobile telephones but at least there are laws about what telephone companies are allowed to do with that information while your insurance company could sell it outright if they put it in the contract that they were allowed to do that.
 
2013-06-13 06:29:02 AM  
i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-13 06:48:43 AM  

Mugato: optikeye: ...install "Snapshot" on your car a computer dongle that reports driving habits to get a lower rate

Right, like that device I have to get my passenger to blow into or my car won't start.


You call your penis a "device"?
 
2013-06-13 06:50:02 AM  

optikeye: nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?

Because you'd get a major discount from your Insurance Company. Or your work place would make it mandatory.

Today we see same thing; from "flo" and your car insurance. From progessive...install "Snapshot" on your car a computer dongle that reports driving habits to get a lower rate. What now is a 'discount" from 'rate suckers" will soon be mandatory.
http://www.progressive.com/auto/snapshot/

I fail to see why that App wouldn't be either popular or mandatory for insurance in the near future. Same thing really.
Why would you think if the technology existed to track your health habits a health insurance company wouldn't do the EXACT thing. And your employer would make that a condition of insurance?


Because the Affordable Care Act prevents a fair portion of rate hikes based on medical conditions.

Thanks Obama...

But really - it won't be as bad as all that. It may be incentive based though - my plan offers money in a health care account usable on any deductible or (non-premium) out of pocket expense.
 
2013-06-13 06:55:06 AM  
The real problem is that apparently in 2018 the iPhone will still look terrible. Get rid of the bloody button. Just make it all screen, you don't need anything else. That goes to you as well, HTC and Samsung. All screen, nothing else is necessary.

Or implanted into my eye, and thought controlled, either one is fine.
 
2013-06-13 06:57:45 AM  
But does it make phone calls?
 
2013-06-13 06:59:04 AM  
About all I want now is a longer-living battery. 32 cores? What, so I can sit in Starbucks and render a 3D movie? Not going to happen.

The smartphone is pretty much a done deal. The manufacturers can keep trying to push gimmicks at me, but really, we hit a point around the Galaxy S2/S3 where it's bump improvements from now on.

Every product reaches this point. I remember constantly upgrading my PC because my CD rom went from unbearably slow to reasonably quick, to a writer, to a faster writer. I changed my PC because of networking being added, then again because of USB.  We got SATA  etc etc. Now, I upgrade rarely. I bought my last PC 5 years ago and since then have stuck an SSD drive and a new GFX card in, and that's it.

Or cars: the difference between an early 80s car and a mid-90s one was huge. Things like electric windows, ABS, roll-cages, airbags, fog lights. You look at a car today and compare it with one from the mid-90s, and there's very little difference.
 
2013-06-13 07:12:37 AM  

Unobtanium: My voice is my password passport. Verify me.

 
ftfy
/Sneakers fail?  I never thought I would see that on fark.
 
2013-06-13 07:25:12 AM  

farkeruk: Or cars: the difference between an early 80s car and a mid-90s one was huge. Things like electric windows, ABS, roll-cages, airbags, fog lights. You look at a car today and compare it with one from the mid-90s, and there's very little difference.


Have you even been in a 2013 model car? The center console's a damn computer interface! Believe me, a '13 Ford Focus looks a HELL of a lot different from a '92 Taurus.

Also, I used to have an '82 Benz 280D that had the best fog lights of any car I've ever seen. Cut through pea-soup fog like it wasn't even there.
 
2013-06-13 07:25:52 AM  
TFA: (see Intel's potentially ARM-killing Silvermont)

I'll believe that when I see it.  Intel's been trying to kill that off for a long time.  ONly recently have they taken it seriously, but still.
 
2013-06-13 07:49:25 AM  
My poor prediction is Samsung's next Galaxy S replacement for the IV will be bendable. Apple will have something wearable that interfaces with the iPhone to provide phone mic and speaker/time/weather/facebook updates so that people can just look down at a watch or something similar, but it will probably only be by iPhone 6 or 7. In maybe seven to ten years, the phones will be so wearable that it will be built into jewelry and constantly networked.
 
2013-06-13 07:50:51 AM  

optikeye: nmrsnr: I can totally picture phone apps with pulse monitoring bracelet that automatically dial 911 if you have a heart attack or something. Could save a lot of lives.

I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.
Seriously, which do you think will come first?


I can totally picture a phone that automatically orders a pizza when you get hungry, and reminds you to stay the hell off my lawn.
 
2013-06-13 08:04:37 AM  

Spaced Lion: Have you even been in a 2013 model car? The center console's a damn computer interface! Believe me, a '13 Ford Focus looks a HELL of a lot different from a '92 Taurus.


Computer consoles in cars are mostly gimmicks, and far more likely to screw up than a hand switch next to the dash.
 
2013-06-13 09:13:36 AM  

Spaced Lion: The center console's a damn computer interface! Believe me, a '13 Ford Focus looks a HELL of a lot different from a '92 Taurus.


He's right, there's not a huge difference between modern cars and mid-90s (luxury) cars, compared to the difference between 80s cars and 90s cars. The center console has more stuff in it now, but the major mechanical changes (computerized ECU, electronic sensors, ABS, auto-tensioning seatbelts, airbags, etc) came about during the 90s, or at least became ubiquitous during that decade.

Plus a host of changes in computerized design and manufacturing that almost made them as reliable, despite the huge jump in complexity. This is why the "oddball" car marquis of the past (Jaguar, Saab, Alfa) consolidated under large manufacturers like GM during the 90s: it was the only way to keep making cars and have them not fall apart at the seams under the increased technology load. These cars were "ruined" by the vanilla brands that bought them out, unless you wanted a car that actually worked, in which case they were "saved".

I'm bittersweet about it, I miss some of those brands, but don't miss the 91-95 model years.
 
2013-06-13 09:13:53 AM  
This will all lead us to Carousel
 
2013-06-13 09:17:13 AM  

farkeruk: Computer consoles in cars are mostly gimmicks, and far more likely to screw up than a hand switch next to the dash.


Wait until the nav screen is necessary for operation of the car: "Press YES to acknowledge safety agreement and activate ignition".
 
2013-06-13 09:22:44 AM  
I hated the movie but the sub dermal phone from the recent Total Recall movie was pretty bad ass.
 
2013-06-13 09:38:38 AM  
All cellphones are bendable if you're irritated enough with the person you're talking to....
 
2013-06-13 09:47:29 AM  

dickfreckle: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7794830/84783458#c84783458" target="_blank">MadSkillz</a>:</b> <i>That's like how my insurance company was talking about the potential for a device that monitors your driving but you get a discount.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.</i>

My insurance company, when I was a kid, offered refunds for every year without a claim. As a 17 year-old with a three speeding tickets (dude, who didn't speed at that age), my premium approached 2 grand per year in 1990s dollars. Liability alone was around a grand. Thankfully my dad had a good job and helped me with the payments as long as I held a job.

The refund for a year without a ticket, not to mention no accidents (which I had never had)?

$16.

/not making this up
//I got my act together and you give us 16 farking dollars, and advertise it on TV as a reason we should choose you?
///perhaps things have changed for the better, but whenever I see one of those "reduced premiums for every year you don't have an accident Allstate commercials, I immediately assume bullsh*t


Ouch. Here we have a government insurer that is the only available basic insurance. So, it's always in a conflict of interest, because it is covering both parties.

In the 90s my insurance was around 2000 bucks. Every year without accidents, it goes down by 5%. Not a bad deal I guess, but they're still kinda evil.
 
2013-06-13 09:57:30 AM  

nmrsnr: optikeye: I can totally picture phone apps that automatically dial your insurance company if you don't work out, order a pizza too many times in a month, or stay at a bar too long. That would save a lot of lives.Seriously, which do you think will come first?

Why would I use that app?


HehHeh. You're funny.
 
2013-06-13 11:32:12 AM  
i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-13 12:04:38 PM  
In the past, I have upgraded my phone pretty much every two years, as the contract expired and new models offered more features and better performance.  Now, every self-respecting smartphone looks the same and performs the same.  I bought an excellent phone two years ago, and have looked at new ones and see absolutely no reason to upgrade.  Near as I can figure, only one of two things will prompt my next phone purchase:
1) A smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows phone) becomes available with a 12-key pad of actual buttons, as well has hard send and end buttons and maybe one or two other hard buttons like back or menu; basically a keypad similar to a phone from 10 years ago.  It should not have microscopic buttons for every letter of the alphabet (I'm looking at you Blackberry).  I like smartphones, but hate the touchscreen-only interface, especially for making/receiving calls.
2) My phone becomes inoperable
 
2013-06-13 12:50:58 PM  

Slaxl: Get rid of the bloody button. Just make it all screen, you don't need anything else. That goes to you as well, HTC and Samsung. All screen, nothing else is


Fark that.  I wish that my Android had a cursor like my Blackberry does.  This trend of less buttons sucks.


isawyou: Now, every self-respecting smartphone looks the same and performs the same


Seems that the biggest thing to differentiate between new smartphones these days are the peripherals, like SD slots, cameras, batteries and the like.  Otherwise, everything is either a 4" or 5" quad core something something.

I'm holding out that somebody will make a pocketable Android phone like the Nokia 808 Pureview.  Too bad that Samsung is totally missing the pocketable part with their new Galaxy S4 Zoom.
 
2013-06-13 02:16:33 PM  
Well, I guess if you make a list of features that won't be available for 10 years and those that are already here, it averages out to what phones will be like in 5 years, Mr. article writer.

/Seriously? 256-bit processors? Because 256TB of RAM wasn't enough?
 
2013-06-13 02:36:51 PM  
The lines between still photo and video will disappear, thanks to features likeHTC One's Zoe three-second video-still mode.

Holy balls. I just did some looking into that Zoe thing and it looks awesome. I hope they put this feature on a real digital camera. Do want.
 
2013-06-13 04:21:58 PM  

hubiestubert: Call me when we get these...

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 570x304]


i.imgur.com
now with moar booty!!
 
2013-06-13 08:05:51 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: 256-bit processors?


They could mean processors with:
256-bit wide register set
256-bit wide data bus

They probably don't mean processors with:
256-bit wide memory address bus
 
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