KEY MOBILE TRENDS: BCI.
EVENT HORIZON: 4 years.
Here's an EEG headset that picks up on the wearer's mental state and sets a smartphone presence status accordingly. So, for example, if you are busy in thought, it will intercept phone calls.
While BCI has been solidly inching forward, it's still years away from mainstream for mobile interfaces. I do expect some game console maker, perhaps Nintendo, to introduce a mainstream EEG accessory quite soon. It usually takes something like that to break in the market.
So, smartphone and platform vendors: how big is your BCI unit?
[photo via POPSCI}