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IBM forecasts efficient holographic phones by 2015
(31/12/2010 16:59:01)

Consumers and businesses may have more reasons to recycle mobile phones for cash in the coming years in order to keep up to date with new advances in technology predicted by IBM.

The technology firm has published its new Next Five in Five report which predicts that mobile phones will be able to display holographic images and offer better energy efficiency than ever within the next five years.

These forecasts - which come as part of a list of innovations which IBM believes are possible and will come to have a major impact on the world by 2015 - have been extrapolated from current trends in technology.

For example, IBM states that the developing sophistication of 3D imaging and interface systems means that it will soon be possible for miniaturised holographic cameras to be placed into phones, allowing video chat to be replaced with holography chat.

Similarly, IBM predicted that current research into battery technology that utilises air as a key reactive material could be adapted for mobile phones, allowing for longer-lasting and much more lightweight handsets.

It speculated that this could even pave the way for mobiles to eliminate the need for batteries altogether, instead utilising a technique called energy scavenging to generate power based on movement.

"Some wrist watches use this today - they require no winding and charge based on the movement of your arm. The same concept could be used to charge mobile phones - just shake and dial," the report said.

Further predictions from IBM suggest that in future, users of Apple iPhones and other handsets that support special apps will be able to gather environmental data from their surroundings, which can then be utilised in the fight against climate change.

Earlier this month, it was revealed in a survey by Ofcom that Britons have demonstrated enthusiasm for being early adopters of new mobile technology in the last year.

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