Smartphones Of The Future

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Apple's new iPhone 5 raises the bar for smartphones even higher, with a sleeker body and faster network speeds. Smartphones as a whole though are poised to make even bigger leaps in the years ahead.

Until Apple introduced the original iPhone five years ago, cell phones were used mostly to make calls - with the exception perhaps of BlackBerry devices. Now, the market is saturated with smartphones models, from Google Android-powered devices to Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher at Institute for the Future, thinks smartphones will offer us tools by 2017 that even today seem a bit far-fetched. Tools like augmented reality, where you can point your phone at an object and instantly get information. There may also be interaction with special glasses, like the ones Google has developed recently.

"Sometime after 2020 we’ll begin to see the introduction of contact
lenses," Liebhold explained, "[They will] communicate over radio frequencies to your phone and display info superimposed on... the glasses itself."

Smartphones may also be our new ally in the fight for fitness - offering more than just apps and instead becoming advanced tools like a blood pressure monitor.

For more information, watch Michelle Stark's full report for WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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