Dying smartphones? The arrival of the original iPhone, 2007, revolutionized the way we use computing power, turning it from something that existed in an office to something we always have in hand, and we use it too many times a day (and night) .
Today, after almost a decade of intense change, the smartphone has managed to reach its full potential. It is our continuous digital companion, having merged the possibilities of computer, camera, TV, sat-nav and others into a device that is on the road.
But the screen is twice as bright, shining less than another, and smartphones are shining sharply in recent years.
Smartphone innovation is starting to end. There is hardly anything else to incorporate into a device, which means adding a curved screen can be considered simply art. Our smartphones are overfilled with smart features that most of us do not even know they are, and they have never used it. In many countries the market is saturated.
The smartphone took ten years from its first release to complete.
And now what will happen?
At one point it seemed that wearables would be the next great technology. It turns out that it is very difficult to fit enough processing power and battery life into something like a smartwatch. So it probably can not be a viable alternative like a phone. Even if these two problems are overcome, the screen will never be big enough to adopt it for our connection to the digital world.
This leaves the augmented and virtual reality the main candidate.
Smartphones such as Samsung's Samsung Galaxy S8 (and almost certainly the next iPhone) can already function as VR players when connected to the appropriate device.
This in itself, although it is not an autonomous use of the VR, will give consumers an idea of what is going to come.
So in the future (in the medium term), when the idea of AR / VR becomes more popular, smartglasss will make an impressive return. Although there are still resistances for the glasshole phenomenon (many would not want to wear glasses, especially when someone reads something on the lens instead of watching a conversation) it seems to be the next evolution of personal technology.
Smartglasses will come as smart contact lenses or even as a mind reading technology that Facebook announced last week. Elon Musk has already talked about something similar.
Smartphones will not die completely naturally. Old technologies do not die, they just find different priority in their place.
The closest device that has changed its priority is the PC: from rapid adoption we reached the level of saturation, and then a stagnation for a long time, followed by a slow burst of innovation before letting it go home.
The next five with 10 years will be the same as the smartphone.
But all of these emerging future technologies, such as the VR, and the idea of using reader sensors, pose huge questions about privacy, proper use of technology and its impact on society.
These questions have already arisen since the smart phones, such as the need to be able to locate each of us at all times, or what it means for society and our relationships with others to spend so much time interacting through our phones. We have not solved these yet.
However, with smartglass technology or even mind reading technology, which will make our relationship with technology even more familiar and easy to navigate, we will probably remember the complications of the smartphones season with nostalgia.