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Top 5 Emerging Phone Technologies

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Mobile Augmented Reality
Tetsuya Umeda poses with his new Apple iPhone on the first day of its Japanese launch.
Tetsuya Umeda poses with his new Apple iPhone on the first day of its Japanese launch.
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­ Many technology enthusiasts dream of an "all-in-one" portable device, which can handle all of their communication and entertainment needs. As smarter and smarter phones like the iPhone come out, add to that list of desired features "mobile augmented reality". This technology will tie together the internet, accelerometers and GPS to superimpose digital information on the real world. Traveling to a new city? Point your phone at a building and it tells you anything from the history of its construction to visiting hours to restaurant reviews. All of the technology necessary is ready for the market. Expect to see these phones of the future sometime soon.