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You 2.0


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You 2.0

  1. 1. New Horizon wm wbDR †g 2011 21 followed by the simultaneous launch of the Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) system in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The first commercial cellular network launch in the USA was Chicago-based Ameritech in 1983 using Motorola DynaTAC mobile phone. In brief, this is the evolution story of the device, staring at you. May be as a new reader of this magazine, you are a bit irritated to read the stone age history of cell phones, after all who cares for the past, when we live in the present? Well, future is enrooted at the womb of the past. So, how is your cell phone going to change and how it’s going to bring change in you – has answers from the history. Just close your eyes; relax and give it a thought for ten seconds, how would the future cell phones look like and change the way you live today? Ten seconds only. Come on, let’s begin, one…two…three…four…five… Kring Krring… oh! The obvious intervention, your cell phone rings. You get a urgent call that tells you to move out and go to the airport to pick some unscheduled guests. Let’s better wrap up the ma ga zine for now a n d b e tte r get quick into the car. As soon as you got into the car, your hectic schedule began. You started making phone calls and arranging logistics for the guests and circulating the message of to different persons. After so many calls, when you get a break, you find yourself trapped into a traffic jam among hundreds of latest model cars. The traffic jam makes you depressed. Right now, guess its 2025 instead of 2010. “Hello, Rafiq, it looks you are a bit upset. Do I read a magazine article for you from today’s Daily magazine? It’s quite interesting. It’s about…” your cell phone suddenly starts a conversation! A N M Farukh  If 20th century was for ‘Computer’, the 21st is evidently for the rise of ‘Cell Phone’. This feature is the story of rising of cell phone and making your life a hell. Before you proceed reading the next sentence, please hold your breath for a second and have a look into your cell phone. No, not for checking any missed call or any text message (text), just have a glance and feel it. Did you notice that, when you are reading this and when not, always the cell phone is staring at you? Cell phones use Radio technology for its data transfer. Radiophones have a long and varied history going back to Reginald Fessenden’s invention and shore-to-ship demonstration of radio telephony, through the Second World War with military use of radio telephony links and civil services in the 1950s, while handheld mobile radio devices have been available since 1973. Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive is considered to be the inventor of the first practical mobile phone for handheld use after a long race against Bell Labs for the first portable mobile phone. Using a modern portable handset, Cooper made the first call on a handheld mobile phone on April 3, 1973 to his rival, Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. The first commercially automated cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT (now NTT DoCoMo) in 1979. In 1981, this was Your cell phone has grown up by now and now it talks to you instead of merely staring at. You were really very upset, and feeling a hurry about timely arrival to the airport. So you tried to avoid saying, “Come on Cello, we shall talk later”. “Rafiq, according to DMP data, you are going to stay locked into this traffic jam for at least another twenty five minutes and fifteen seconds. Your pulse rate is quite high and you are a bit nervous. If you keep on thinking about the guests and cannot help it out, it will worsen your mood. Let’s talk different. Today is the wedding anniversary of your sister in law. Do you like to wish her or do I send a text? Well, do not forget to stop at Agora before airport to buy flowers for your guests. Today Agora offers a discount.” After a pause it again starts talking, “By the way, you forgot to switch off the household electric appliance network, and last month your electricity bill was quite higher, I have sent a text to switch it off”. Well, let’s come back to 2010 and to this story. So how was the cell phone Rafiq was talking to? What can it perform? See, it can automatically connect to public networks like DMP network or Agora’s. It can read your mood. It starts talking at a traffic jam, when you have nothing to do, thus it knows how to find your spare time. It keeps track of anniversary and reminds you in time. Moreover, it has some artificial intelligence to analyze the given facts. Finally, it can connect with other devices, which will be called Machine2Machine (M2M) talk. How are the things going to change so sharp? From Google to Microsoft and Nokia to Apple, every tech giant is inside the industry thriving for next level of technology. Hardware is already separated from software. Cell phone is no more a calculator type button machine. It has its own operating system (OS). Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman and Chief Executive, at Mobile World Congress in February (2010) said, indeed the phone, is no longer just a device – “It’s your alter
  2. 2. New Horizon your identity on the very moment you open the door of ATM. Even, your device may ask you to change your route from Tajmahal Road to Asad Gate because the Tajmahal Road ATM booth has already run out of cash. Does it sound like any science fiction movie by James Cameron? Well, let me share you that, Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo gave the press a glimpse in to the future of mobile phone user interfaces with its eye-controlled earphones. The earphones, which have electrodes attached, are able to pick up the different electrical currents generated by the eyeball when it moves, and translate that in to phone commands, such as making or receiving calls, playing and pausing music, or even skipping tracks. DoCoMo envisages an age in which phones are mere accessories, and so it’s working on technology that will make our interaction with these devices seem like second nature. 2025 will be the era of free media contents. No one charges you for any download, whether contents or applications. Business model of application and content developers will change. A newer group of large associations of developers will emerge and they are not going to charge the end user but the ad providers or the operators. So many changes and modifications are about to come. All is good news except ego – it’s fundamental to everything you do.” In the mean time Windows Phone 7 series has arrived with new looks like Apple’s iPhone. Google Android now has real momentum behind it, with dozens of handset makers showing off devices that run the open platform, including Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Acer. The OS battle is becoming a three-horse race among Google, Apple and Microsoft. Despite the best attempts of other companies, such as Nokia or RIM, to create new platforms for mobile devices, industry analysts agree that the market will start clustering around these three main operating systems. If you hear that, your cell phone has cancelled your flight to Cox’s Bazar by itself as there is a Danger Signal Level 6 at the Bay, you cannot hold temptation to thank it, though the device may not care about it. It will save you from your expenses by efficient power consumption by the electric devices through monitoring and controlling them. All home appliances will come under the network. The device is the center of your financing needs. It tracks your bank accounts and salary statements. It’s the payment device. It’s the new world space you start living in. With bio-metric identity, the device will be your master key to all your locks at car, home or office. It’s your health keeper too. When you see your doctor, your device will automatically connect with the doctor’s and transfer the daily information on blood pressure, sugar level, calorie burning and alike since you last met the doctor. If you change your doctor, all the previous data will be sent to the new doc. This device will be the Universal Remote Control (URC) for all connect-able devices. Banks will dump all the plastic debit and credit cards and application developer’s newer applications will bring up, Credit Card or Debit Card app for your device. When you approach an ATM booth for cash (if at all you need), you enter the password and amount of money to withdraw, at the device’s debit card app on the way to ATM booth and you get your money ready as soon as your device Bluetooth the ATM and confirms for the operators. Network operators will no longer remain the controller of the industry. They become merely a hosepipe to circulate the flow of data. The next age is for the content and application developers. Household appliance manufacturers will link up with the developers for interface software to link their appliances with the mobile device through whatever way possible. Another truth that depresses us for now that, end users and general people will lose their humane capability to be “surprised” from a new invention regarding the device. “It’s 2025. Your mobile is now much more than just a communication device – more like a remote control for your life. You still call it a “mobile” from habit”, said William Webb, Head of R&D at Ofcom (UK’s regulator for the communications industry). From this remark, we comprehend that, the cell phone or handheld or the smart phone is no more merely a communication device with voice call and internet. You still call it mobile out of habit, may not be true. The time may come up with a new name for the device based on its contemporary capability and features. At its best, it will supersede the role of your organizer or personal assistant. It will be your best company to be with. It will be the only device which you will fully depend upon, for your own performance in the context of economic, social and personal psychology. The device automatically searches for your favorite movie or music and plays for you at a spare time. It will discover your preference pattern and based on that it will collect newspaper information whatever may seem to be important to you. You start cleaning up your own brain and start using the memory of the device and at a point of time, it has your brain. The gradual inclusion of artificial intelligence into the device, will give it analytical ability to observe and understand your behavior and attitude and to adapt accordingly. This adaptive behavior of the device will make itmore personal than ever before. Thus the new name for the device may be something like “You 2.0”.  22 wm wbDR †g 2011