Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has a vision for mobile, the new of today rapidly turning to the norm of tomorrow
Now that the mobile revolution has made its impact, it will serve as a cornerstone to nearly every major consumer advance we experience in the foreseeable future.
We are already seeing technology enter the spotlight in varying degrees of development, Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google Glass, wearables of all types. Together, the next logical application will be how it all augments our realities, in real time, and in a “just-in-time” sort of way.
These advances, as envisioned by Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, may seem wholly incremental in a way, and some of these ideas are a reality today, but they reveal much about where we are headed.
The biggest advances that will enable this level of seamless integration can be found in what is not present in DoCoMo’s video below – massive amounts of machine learning infrastructure that understands context, and would rely heavily in understanding intimate details about who we are as well as what we do.
At the point where the young executive is walking to his meeting, and his smart eyewear reminds him exactly who he is speaking to is a perfect use-case for what Google is accomplishing with the new Google Photos. The development will lie in improving the technology to read our eye movement better so the identifying information is relevant to the individual being looked at.
Google Translate will already scan text to be translated through our smartphones, again, this will power wearables in a whole new way as it learns to recognize what we are actually looking at. Wearables for our furry friends will of course be a part of this connected future.
These deep thinking neural nets will be able to leverage knowledge of our general health to offer solutions that promote good health, or combat allergies.
What is most telling about all of this is that these features are going to arrive much sooner than later. The era or everyone looking down at their smartphone may actually wane a bit, while our connectivity will continue to grow.
Some of these “features” may seem like they may get to know us too well. Indeed, this level of connectedness will be adopted quite a bit faster in some societies than others. Japan, ever a leading edge in technology, will certainly be on the faster track. As DoCoMo points out, it is "a glimpse of [a] not so far future."