While it’s true that we sell cell phone accessories here, it’s safe to say that everyone here is a bit of a gadget junkie. It’s interesting how we’ve got from massive phones, to super small phones and now we’re heading back in the other direction. While smartphones aren’t likely to get much smaller simply because of the display sizes, what manufacturers stuff inside them could be getting a lot cooler.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new type of radio antenna about the size of a quarter. The antenna is the biggest component in your phone, followed closely by the battery. By massively shrinking down the size of the antenna, it opens up the possibilities to stuff more cool stuff inside.
The new antennas are 10 times smaller than current antennas being used in cell phones. With that extra space, improvements on current features or new features all together could be implemented.
Cameras and flashes could improve to the point where point and shoot cameras become completely obsolete. Optical zoom could easily rival those of the best point and shoot cameras on the market if there was enough real estate available.
Improved chips and graphic support cards could completely revolutionize the gaming industry, which is already beginning to be taken over by mobile devices.
A margarita machine could be incorporated that dispenses deliciousness from a spout on the side of your phone.
OK, maybe that last one is a little over the top. But really a phone manufacturers imagination would be the only limit should this new antenna make it to mass market electronics.