This is Jen Chen.
Like many of the three billion people around the world who use smartphones, she’s become a savvy gadget user.
Jen is a single mother working two jobs who is always busy. Thank goodness that the next-generation of 5G (fifth-generation) smartphones and ubiquitous devices that are always connected to the internet will help to set her agenda.
It’s all about a completely new user experience. Remember when you took your first smartphone out of the box and became fascinated by all the cool things you could do with it? You are now about to become completely obsessed.
Take Jen for example. Her new refrigerator is an internet device, and hooray for that. Jen has absolutely no time to make a shopping list, so her refrigerator will do all that for her.
It’s 7 pm, and she’s browsing a supermarket on the way back home after a very busy day. Her smartphone immediately senses where she is and brings up a shopping list on the screen. Wow. It’s time to get more kombucha and tempeh. In fact, the old tempeh has started to ferment a bit too much, and it’s making the fridge smelly. Anyway.
Jen also notices that Hellen, a nosy neighbor who’s an infamous gossip, is over in aisle four near the organic vegetables. Because Jen’s G5 smartphone has a user-centric view of context awareness, the smart algorithms on her handset tell Jen who is in the immediate environment, allowing her to go into stealth mode to avoid Hellen. Thank heaven. Jen just saved 20 minutes of face time with Hellen and an inestimable amount of damage to her reputation.
While she’s tiptoeing through the checkout area, Jen gets an alert on her phone that her internet-connected refrigerator that was made in China has just been hacked into by PLA Unit 61398, a shadowy group connected with the People’s Liberation Army.
Darn! Through the frikkin’ refrigerator, they got into Jen’s home network and stole her personal data stored on her PC. The PLA dudes transferred $10,000 via Jen’s MasterCard account before a stop-loss mechanism kicked in from her bank.
Now another alert is coming up on Jen’s smartphone telling her that the kid watch she bought last week for her daughter is no longer in communication after it apparently disappeared outside her apartment building.
Through greater contextual awareness made possible by 5G phones and a plethora of internet-connected devices that will soon be on the market, technology promises to make our lives even simpler. The PC revolution enabled many of us to work faster, harder and longer from office cubicles. The smartphone revolution that’s just starting will give our lives greater context and meaning, blurring the distinction between work and play.