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October 18, 2017
Mobile technology guru: smart phones will soon become pocket size doctors

Ralph Simon, the father of a mobile call, presented the future of mobile phone technologies today at Vilnius Innovation Forum Innovation Drift. Some of his forecasts are: artificial intelligence will be integrated into mobile phones, healthcare apps and mobile phones will win the battle against laptops. Where does Lithuania stand in all these changes?


Portable cinema, which will take care of your health


R. Simon, who has worked as a vice president of the Hollywood music companies Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in the nineties, started a company Moviso, which was the first mobile phone tune technology company in the world. Soon the entire world was interested in these tunes and today they are an inseparable part of telephone culture.
Since the beginning of Moviso, R. Simon has been considered as one of the most influential mobile technology experts in the world. At Innovation Drift he revealed that in the past ten years mobile phones became so advanced that today the scientists working with them have to guess what the users want and the fulfilment of these wishes is not as challenging as predicting the market.
"The scientists and researchers are looking for an idea which can cause a large market boom. There are complicated calculations on your phone and today there are artificial intellect systems, which process data on a grand scale, but what is challenging is where these opportunities can be directed. One of the possibilities is mixed reality technologies, combining both virtual and augmented reality. These ideas are currently being tested in Japan and the Silicon Valley and will fundamentally change our interactions with technology and will allow us to see education in a different light," said R. Simon.
There is one evident tendency: as computers become lighter and lighter every year and phones more and more powerful, these markets are bound to clash. "All of the signs show that mobile phones and tablets are replacing laptops. Cloud servers allow people to work independently from any stationary devices and in this case the user will want to have an easily portable device, so there will be no need to have a laptop, because a mobile phone today has most of its functions," forecasts the expert.
There are three main forecasts for further development of mobile phones:
1) Exponential growth of mobile apps and mobile accessories for health monitoring and security. Mobile phone in future could gather the body data and monitor the heartbeat;
2) Wider spread of mobile videos and especially adapted mobile apps together with the integrated artificial intelligence, which will be monitoring the viewer's preferences and adapt to them much better;
3) The Internet of things and the improvement of other devices will create more possibilities for mobile phones, which will allow controlling almost the entire environment on a screen.


What does it all mean for Lithuania?


During his speech, R. Simon shared the achievements of innovative companies, which Lithuania may follow as an example. Among those are games like Pokemon Go, which uses mixed reality and such inventions like Ciradia, allowing to monitor sleeping patterns in the bedroom. According to the businessman, such ideas require creative thinking in the first place. The technical side is much easier to come up with than the conceptual.
"An excellent example for Lithuania is Waze app, which has changed the life of drivers and is used by almost everyone today. Its creators are thirty year olds from Israel, who had an excellent idea that Apple and Google maps don't fulfil the current needs of drivers, and can be completely redesigned. They have sold this idea to Google for 1.3 billion dollars in three years, and if it is possible for creative people in Israel, why not in Lithuania as well?" R. Simon asked the audience.
The mobile technology guru suggests getting inspiration from Vilnius Tech Park in Antakalnis area. It allows innovators to grow next to each other and creates a space, where out-of-the box ideas can be born.
Vilnius Innovation Forum Innovation Drift from 12-13th October is organised by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). The Event is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and is held during Innovation week. One of the biggest futuristic events in the Baltic Sea region this year attracted more than forty scientists, businessmen and futurologists from 15 countries of the world.

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