Smart Phones and Virtual Reality in 10 Years

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Over the last decade, we have witnessed technology develop from being something we were just becoming familiar with and slowly embracing, to what it has become now. Contemporary people now have a dependence on being able to communicate with our friends and colleagues wherever and whenever we need to, being able to access and share media on any device, and being able to work on the go and collaborate your ideas and documents with people across the globe. Technology has become truly invaluable to the modern world, and without it the world would suffer from drastic social and economic consequences. A strand of technology that has played a prominent role in this development is human communications and interface technology. The smart phone has proven to be the first fully embraced instance of this technology, allowing people to stay constantly connected with the internet and their friends wherever they may be. After exploring this technology in more detail and outlining its impact and our reliance on it, secondary technological advances will be explored. Such secondary advances make the progression of this strand of technology possible, with the innovation of virtual reality proving to only enhance the functionality of modern smart phones. The way we interact with the world around us has developed significantly since the first desktop computers. First access to the internet for general, public use was really only available to those who were able to afford the large, expensive desktop computer systems, but as computing evolved and smaller, higher performing systems were becoming more available and affordable, our dependence on having this connection to the internet was also developing. The trend continues to grow with the conti... ... middle of paper ... ...id.html Canalys. (2005). Worldwide smart phone market soars in Q3. Retrieved March 19, 2012, from http://www.canalys.com/static/press_release/2005/r2005102.pdf Goldsborough, R. (2010). Laptop as Desktop PC Replacement. Retrieved March 30, 2012, from http://search.proquest.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/docview/224872431?accountid=14543 Greenleaf, W. (2004). Medical Applications of Virtual Reality. Retrieved March 27, 2012, from http://www.greenleafmed.com/publications/VR%20Med%20overview.pdf Ni, L. & Zheng, P. (2006). Spotlight: The Rise of the Smart Phone. Retrieved March 28, 2012, from http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1621016 Vlahos, J. (2009). Popular Science: The Future of the Military. Retrieved March 16, 2012, from http://www.vuzix.com/site/_doc/tactical/Popular_Science_FCS_Vuzix_Article.pdf

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