Qualcomm shipped their first contexual awareness platform for cell phones to SDK, who is embedding this in their Gimbal project. With the introduction of contextual awareness to your cell phone the mobile 3.0 era is starting. Your phone will therefore be able to interact with you based on the context you are in. Although this technology still is quite premature, it’s the first time context really touches mobile!
Although mobile history is only 15 years old, we’re already entering the third phase of the mobile revolution. The first phase was the traditional cell phone in which you can talk, and make telephone call with. The second phase came when the iPhone was introduced in 2007. Now you could touch the mobile screen, and a lot of interactive features were added to the mobile device (better known as smart phone by now.) And now, 2012, we’re entering the third phase (similar to the web 3.0 era), the phase were context is becoming important. Your device will start to communicate with you with respect for the context you’re in. No touching needed, the mobile device will know how en when you need it!
The first true ideas on contextual awareness in cell phones come from the Gimbal project (from SDK). In the next movie they show you how they see context entering your life through mobile.
Off course this will mean a new mindset of our users, regarding privacy and use of the mobile device! Since we haven’t got used to the second era of mobile connection (and all it’s interactive features), I think it will take a few years (maybe 2…) before this technology will take a high rise. But as always technology will enter quite early in development stages, so bugs and others faults can be fixed and minds can get ready to use this awareness technology.