7 mph was the first speed ever recorded for a car, that’s a little faster than walking, now they do 180mph on a regular basis. Back in the day, mobile phones were much the same, in those black and white days, mobile phones held up to 20 records and had a battery life of two hours and you could only make calls within the M25. Phones were extraordinarily basic back then. Well, today, you almost not recognize a mobile phone now, because we have what we now call a smartphone, because they truly are smart.
The first network was obviously 1G; this was built in the 1980s. 2G followed suit in the early ’90s, and 3G was built in the late ’90s. It was with 3G that you could first use applications, hence the rise of the smartphone. 4G looks to build on this network.
The BlackBerry empathy designed by Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon is at cutting edge of 21st mobiles. You have to wear a ring, which collects all the emotional biometric data about the human body, examines it and then passes it on to the phone. Everything about the wearer, from blood rate, body temperature as well as skin secretions. More interestingly, the phone is able to pick up on the mood of your contact list.
The Blackberry Empathy is designed to not only read your mood but also react to it
With an OLED touchscreen that’s transparent when not in use and opaque at other times, the Empathy’s keyboard is located on it back. Touching the screen with your fingers, a tabbed control wheel allows you access to the usual goodies, like email, SMS, contacts, music, and camera and it uses a conductive charging dock. Whichever function, you require, you just pull the tab to gain access to it.
It’s purely a concept mobile phone at the moment, but whose to say that such a device doesn’t find a place in our hearts in the future?
The project is sponsored by RIM Blackberry.