4G wireless technology networks, launching in the U.S. and elsewhere, will forever change how we communicate with mobile devices, experience multimedia and connect with other mobile users.
4G Wireless Technology Will Change Your Life
Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future in a 4G wireless age. You awake to your favorite music, playing from stereo speakers plugged into your mobile phone. Blurry eyed, you drag your body out of bed, pick up your mobile, press a button and briefly watch the morning news in full-color streaming video.
You press another button and a relaxing voice (Charlene, your mobile’s nickname) reviews your daily schedule. Ah, you forgot to tell your business associate about a change in an important meeting today.
“Hey, send a text message to Suzy at the office and change the client video conference to 10 a.m.” Charlene confirms the text message with “o.k., Brian, sent the IM.
Would you like to listen to Pandora Radio?” “Sure,” you respond, “play that latest jazz channel.”
You’re starting to feel morning energy coursing through your body as you jump in the shower, then shave. Pandora Radio streams in 4G from your mobile over the home network to speakers mounted in your bathroom.
Having dressed, you race downstairs, grab a cup of java, brewed ten minutes ago when she sent a “brew” command to your Wi-Fi coffee maker. You point your super-smart phone at the HD, Wi-Fi television, press an icon on your phone’s touch-screen and review your video conference streaming video opening. “Perfect,” you say to yourself. “Brilliant.”
Out the door, your car waiting. (Your assistant switched your mobile from home network to the mobile carrier’s 4G wireless technology network.)
“Darn,” you tell yourself, having checked your wallet. Out of cash. No problem. Your mobile helper already activated GPS which is streaming to your larger auto dashboard screen.
Pressing one button on your mobile automatically locates the nearest ATM and Charlene calmly gives you turn-by-turn directions. Money in your pocket…feels good. You’re driving to the office.
“Shoot,” forgot to schedule the DVR to record the NBA game at 4. No need to touch a button on your mobile. When you entered your car, your mobile switched to audio only using Bluetooth. Could only happen in a 4G wireless technology world.
A call arrives. Your bluetooth-connected mobile automatically answers, pre-screened by your mobile guide. Amy, your partner, needs the opening 100MB video you recorded to open the video conference. “It’s stored–somewhere…on a server…in the cloud.”
Can’t find it,” Amy says. “No problem,” as you silently chuckle to yourself…”I’m brilliant. “Hey, Charlene, find the Buzzard account opening video and send Amy the link.” “No problem, boss, just a sec. Found it…on the server in Mumbai.”
Amy has the link. “Charlene,” you respond, “you’re incredible. Remind me to give you a raise.” “Hey, that’s cool,” she responds, “but I’d rather you stop overcharging my solar-powered battery; how about taking me out of the sun for a while?” “No problem,” She got it.”
Arrive at work–9:30. Only have 30 minutes for the video conference. Feeling pushed. A slight sweat breaks out on your forehead. But you calm down quickly and gently rub your 4G wireless mobile’s touch screen. Feels good.
Amy and your marketing team are in the conference room as you rush in, your tie slightly twisted, you, slightly out-of-breath (“gotta hit the cardio more,” you silently tell yourself.)
Everything’s ready. High client expectations. Big account. Huge bonus if you pull it off. It’s 9:58 a.m. Two minutes to go.
Instead of a traditional video conference, you press one button on your mobile to load the opening video (in the cloud, from Mumbai) on your wireless video conferencing system. (She had already switched from 4G wireless technology to Wi-Fi when you entered your building.)
Over. Only one hour. Client smiling on the video conference screen. Amy beams. Charlene automatically closed the cloud connection to Mumbai. “Hey, would you get the entire presentation transcribed?” “Done,” she says, the transcription service will have it on our desk tomorrow morning.”
The deal will close tomorrow. Decide to take Amy out to lunch–Thai, her favorite. Your mobile assistant, your mobile, rests on the conference table. You touch the restaurant app and start scrolling through nearby restaurants. Can’t find Thai. No problem. “Charlene, would you find the best Thai restaurant in the City? Make a reservation for two–say, 12:30?” She quickly scans all Thai restaurants nearby and handles the reservation.
Slow afternoon after lunch–Thai. As you grab some java, you halt. Forgot your spouse’s birthday is next week. No gift. No card. Gotta do it. You glance at your desk. Where is she? Found her, under tons of paper. Where’s the gift app icon, you ask yourself. There, found it…let’s see, she wanted…”
You find it…exactly what she asked for. “Hey, search the Web for the best price, buy it, have it gift-wrapped. O.k.?” “No problem,” Charlene says, “scanning, picked pink gift-wrapped box. Charged it to your card ending in 4578.”
You look at the clock. 5:30 and getting late. Gotta get out of here and pick up my suit and shirts at the dry cleaners. You race out the door. Dry cleaner, just about ready to close as you arrive.
Clothing located. You pull your wallet out to pay. Wait. I’ve got a mobile coupon. You stare at your mobile. Can’t find. Back to Char. “Hey, Char…where’s the dry cleaner mobile coupon?” She found it. Saved 20%. Smart 4G wireless technology guy.
Off to home. GPS-enabled. 10 minutes to dinner with Sue. Turned corner, house in sight. Made it to driveway. Your friend sends signal to wireless garage door opener. Made it.
30 seconds to dinner. Sue, ready. Great wine (Charlene suggested.) Nice evening. Directv recorded NBA. Great game. Time for bed. Charlene on bed stand, glowing…another 4G wireless technology adventure tomorrow.