Malcolm Gladwell’s exceptional work the “Tipping Point.” When does CPS reach that point? Analysts say it has already passed. That the glass once tipping is now tipped. Is the glass half empty or half full? It doesn’t matter because somebody has a mess to clean up.
10 billion devices (or more) deployed. If we consider the reality of those 10 billion devices for a moment, it really is many more than 10 billion. My iPhone today does the work of five devices I used to carry with me all the time when I was traveling in the early part of this century (that is still fun to say).
No more portable GPS. No more portable radio. No more splitters for car power ports. No more having to carry a small camera (ok I still do but that is more because there are still things a point and shoot can do that a cell phone struggles with). All of those devices are now replaced by one CPS device. I also get my work email and stay connected to the world around me. I can do more things with that device now than I could 10 years ago.
That got me thinking – what devices are next? I used to carry a portable Sirius-XM radio with me. I don’t anymore. I can use my iPhone as a portable radio and with many more options than the Sirius-XM radio offered me (while still listening to Sirius-XM). When I traveled for a week or more in the US I carried a portable car kit as well for that radio. It let me listen to my music wherever I was. Now, I just hit the app and away I go.
There are Tasers that look like simple battery packs for cellular phones. There are Friday night applications that require the user to log in every 15 minutes. If they don’t the place are notified and the users location is sent. Personal safety continues to expand. It would be nice to have the kill switch (once a phone is stolen you call, its deactivated and it will never work again because the IMEI is locked on the carrier networks). I think the area of personal safety and public safety will grow. Breathalyzer attached to the phone. can’t unlock the phone without blowing into it, can’t move more than 20 feet without an alarm going off or perhaps locking your car. All are things that could quickly reduce a number of problems (DUI and Date Rape are the two solutions automation could help prevent).
I’ve talked about continuation and home automation before but the world of personal interactive robotics systems will continue to expand. The first wave is already out, the next wave is coming. This area is ripe for growth.
There are so many ways this market for CPS is going to expand. I think back to the device I dreamed about owning as a young teenager. I wanted Mr. Spock’s tricorder. It is possible with minor attachments to complete most of the scans a tricorder could do with your cellular device. There are a few that can’t be done yet but I suspect they are coming. The cell phone though reduces the number of gadgets even Spock carried. I don’t need a communicator captain, my cell pheon does all of that and provides me with the information my Tricroder used to.
Oh brave new world…
Star Trek fan – Tricorder nut!