Mobile-geddon! From cash to cameras, smartphones are killing off our everyday essentials
From cameras to address books, our pockets and handbags already feel lighter compared to ten years ago thanks to the rise of smartphones. Futurist Dr Ian Pearson believes handsets are the new Swiss Army knife because they offer users multiple tools in a compact space. And by 2025 he claims many of our everyday essentials will be rendered completely redundant as devices become more powerful and ubiquitous. Over the next decade it is estimated more than eight billion people will use at least one smartphone, making it the go-to gadget for our daily lives.
Dr Pearson revealed the list of endangered tools in our homes, pockets and handbags he believes will soon become extinct, in collaboration with TalkTalk Mobile.
At the top of his list are keys.
'The days of digging through handbags for house keys and cursing after locking our car keys inside the car will be fading by 2025,' he said.
'Near-field communication (NFC) technology will enable us to lose those elusive keys for good. With a tap of the phone doors will open wide, with fingerprint recognition keeping our virtual keys safe.'
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Apple and Google have an astonishing plan to replace everyone's locks and keys
Locks and keys are physical objects, and the technology behind them hasn't really changed since the first set was invented in the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh in about 612 BC.
Now, more than 2,600 years later, all that might be about to change. In Citi analyst Jim Suva's new note to investors on the future of Apple, there are three really interesting words: "Work security access."
Suva and his colleague Asiya Merchant have touched on this before, in a note they published last November. They believe that Apple is working on a potentially vast new business in which physical security — locks and keys made of steel and iron — are replaced by electronic locks opened by your iPhone. (The basis of the business is Apple Pay and Passbook, the company's mobile payments and ticketing platforms, coupled with Touch ID and HomeKit, Apple's iPhone fingerprint security device and its platform for letting your phone control household appliances.)
"We have written extensively that we believe Apple Pay and Passbook have tremendous upside potential and have laid out 15 potential future uses of Apple Pay/Passbook," the pair said late last year.