What better way to start 2010 than with a PowerPoint presentation? OK, admittedly that sounds horrible, but this is different. Towards the tail end of 2009 I got an email from Rudy De Waele informing me that he was working on a project that involves asking various brilliant people in the mobile industry what 5 trends they think we’ll see over the next decade. I was honored to have been asked, but thanks to a todo stretching from Finland to Germany I totally forgot about his request. Like any good editor dealing with people who only work from deadline to deadline Rudy pushed me to contact him and I got list of 5 items in just before the due date. See what I had to say about the next decade, along with many other brilliant minds, in the PowerPoint below:
I find it a bit odd that only me, Timo Arnall and Nicolas Nova spoke about the importance of being offline and how it’ll be something we’ll all want at some point. I surround myself with geeks and several years ago it was considered hell to be disconnected for a day or two, but now people are referring to their time away from the internet as refreshing, eye opening, relaxing, and even enlightening.
It’ll hit you at some point, the need to disconnect. I promise you that.
Update: In case you’re reading this on a mobile phone, or if you don’t want to scroll through the PowerPoint (you should by the way), here are the 5 trends I gave Rudy:
- A device as powerful as the iPhone 3GS is today will cost less than 100 EUR by 2016 thereby enabling a whole new economic strata rich mobile access to the internet.
- NFC will drastically take off and similar to how today it’s impossible to buy a mobile phone without a camera, that point will be reached with NFC by the tail end of the next decade.
- Rich nations will start seeing the number of hours people spend in front of screens decline for the first time and the masses will limit or stop use a certain technology or service to reconnect with the joys of overcoming an obstacle.
- People will pay for content again, especially mobile content since mobile advertising takes up valuable screen real estate, because operator billing will finally replace the piece of plastic in your wallet.
- Thanks to Bluetooth and wireless display technology the mobile phone will literally be the only computer people own.