When did cell phones go from a dependent to a leading technology? Cell phones have always relied on other electronic advancements before they themselves could evolve. Surface mount technology, lithium-ion batteries, and better screens and displays, were all pioneered for other uses than cell phones. Mobiles, therefore, have had to wait on other electronics before they could progress. That’s now changing, since the cell phone is enough of a mass market item that it can drive the innovation vehicle, at least part of the time.
An example are TechnoConcepts’ (external link) new noise cancelling techniques, intended for the cell phone microphone market, but with applications beyond the mobile phone field. This is quite different than just a few years ago. Back then, a patent or press release would stress other uses first, then mention applicability to cellular radio as almost an afterthought. Are other technologies now going to have to wait until cell phones develop? Cameras for mobiles seem to be pioneering developments in folding optics. Can you think of any others areas where cell phones are leading the innovation charge?
The following paragraph is from TechnoConcept’s press release.
“Everyone is fully aware of the difficulty in hearing cell calls clearly when they are in a noisy environment such as a sporting event. These patent-pending inventions are additional technological advancements in the Company’s product portfolio. This cost-effective noise suppression technology can be readily integrated into commercial, industrial and military applications, including all 1.2 billion handsets expected by industry analysts to be sold in 2007. We believe that clear audio is needed by cell phone users and therefore this technology will be in high demand,” said Antonio Turgeon, chairman and CEO of TechnoConcepts.