Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Patti Maes leads a research group that studies human-computer interaction.
Maes recently spoke with Technology Review to discuss the future of mobile technology. She says that five years from now, mobile devices could know if the user is in a conversation and who that conversation is with. Future devices also could receive information from sensors and databases about the user's calendar, habits, and preferences, according to Maes. In addition, future devices will be able to communicate with each other, automatically sharing documents that could be important to both users. "Just like if you go to Google and do a search, all the ads are highly relevant to the search you're doing, I can imagine a situation where the phone always has a lot of recommendations and things that may be useful to the user given what the user is trying to do," she says.
Maes says future devices also might recognize gestures, in addition to speech and touch recognition technologies that exist today. And although augmented reality technologies, such as Google Goggles, are intriguing, the current models are bulky and have a narrow field of view, Maes notes.
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