Phones embedded into human bodies!
Numbers dialed through the power of human thought!
Mobile phone that help identify and cure diseases!
This may sound like some sort of futuristic wonderland, but Martin Cooper, inventor of the first personal handset back 1973, thinks that it’s not an impossibility. “It’s not really the technology, it’s the people. People are really conservative,” he complains.
As we humans are a stubborn creatures, it may take a while before we’re willing to start transmitting phone signals from inside our bodies. But what about inside our homes? At the moment, the average punter may not be particularly keen to have a phone mast inside their house but by the end of the year this will be a reality, thanks to femtocells. These wireless-router-sized boxes have been designed to help improve connectivity in buildings, where 70% of all mobile data is used (Fun Fact: its name comes from the root “femto-” meaning “one quadrillionth”). With indoors 3G radio masts, not only will it be easier to use broadband services it should actually be safer, as the masts will have to use less power and, as a result, less radiation.
Stuart Carlaw, research director of ABI Research, claims there will be 70m femtocells in the world by 2012, with maybe 200 million people using them. You tech-savvy readers may be familiar with them, but they’re still a mystery to most of of population, yet one day they may be as common as ‘mp3s’ or ‘bluetooth’.