With all the latest wireless technologies (RFID, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi) available these days, it’s interesting to imagine how they might be combined into new applications with consumer electronics to create hybrid uses. Some of the ideas in the list below are serious, some just for fun. It’s not so much the wireless technology nor the consumer electronics in use that is new but the application and hybrid methodology. (If you’re sure that some of these applications exist, drop a comment.)
On the Go
In the past 5 years or so, cell phones have become more and more commonplace. It is no longer shocking to see 12-year olds to 80-year olds wielding cell phones and chatting away on the go. These phones are categorized based on what technology they use. 1G implies the use of analog standards, 2G is based on a digital network, 3G, short for third-generation, allows additional services such as downloading things, using email and instant messaging, etc in addition to placing voice calls, and 4G allows video conferencing and low-latency data transmission.
There are countless mobile phone manufacturers in the world, and some of the larger ones are SonyEricsson with a 5.6% market share LG with 5.3%, Siemens with 8%, Samsung with 12.26%, Motorola with 16.3%, and Nokia with 28.8%. But with the market being so saturated with manufacturers offering cell phones with different technologies and form factors, why is there so much hype and anticipation surrounding the Apple iPhone, and what sense does it make for Apple to enter this market?