Future mobile phones are being touted as the ultimate multifunctional devices. Some experts predict that the mobiles of the future will become remote controls for our whole lives, whereas others forecast that in the future mobile phones will literally run our lives for us.
One thing is for certain, the technology involved in mobile phones and mobile communications has developed so rapidly over the last few years that the possibilities for the future seem limitless.
According to Nokia, in the future the entire mobile phone casing will be a display. This would mean that phone users could look at menus from any angle, including from the back of the phone.
The Nokia Morph will use radio frequencies, silicon microphones, and speed and motion detectors. It'll also pack thermal detectors along with a range of other super-high-tech features to sense the environment, the health and temperament of people nearby.
With the development of high resolution touch screens and better quality speech recognition, mobiles of the future will combine these features with much bigger memory and storage capabilities.
Social networking via mobile phones is well under way. Already some mobile phones combine fast internet browsing with in-built GPS and Bluetooth technology to tell you, not only who is nearby, but provide you with information about those people as well.
This means that mobile phones should encourage interpersonal interaction, in both social and business scenarios. At business conferences, delegates would be able to identify people looking for jobs as well as view their CVs.
Some predictions state that in the not too distant future mobiles will change the way we learn and teach. With more than one in three school children owning a mobile phone, a future where camera and voice recorder phones are both learning and teaching tools is highly possible.