3 Weird Smartphone Features I Want To See

Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.
4 min readJun 13, 2022
Photo by Daniel Romero on Unsplash

Smartphones have grown into a device that is constantly consuming other sectors across the private industry. Whether you want to talk about the fact that dedicated mp3 players are basically non-existent, how language learning is now primarily just an app that you can download or the fact that everyone now has a decently capable camera baked right inside of their smartphone. There are so many devices that the smartphone has completely taken control over. So that being said here are three weird smartphone features I want to see become a reality over the next few years.

Bicycle Safety Accessories

While riding your bike is still a relatively niche thing to do, I have found that eBikes are very much so making a real-world change to that idea. With certain pieces of software adapting to this trend such as Strava as well as Google Maps, I think it’s about time for manufacturers to hop on the bandwagon as well. One thing I would love to see being taken over by smartphones is the entire industry of bicycle safety accessories. Whether we’re talking about headlights, taillights or even a user-friendly bicycle “bell” to notify others of your presence on a bike. Think about how convenient it would be to use your smartphone not just as your GPS and fitness tracker but also as the lighting for your bicycle, this would drastically reduce the barrier to riding a bicycle and genuinely make riding a bike a lot safer. Imagine a lightbar on the very top of our smartphones that could project light outward, a few blinking red lighting elements on the bottom of your smartphone and an easily accessible piece of the lock screen that can be manipulated to output a decent chime. The entire foundation for an All-In-One bicycle accessory is very much so realistic, even if battery may be a concern.

Computer Mouse

We’ve literally put humans on the surface of the moon, yet we have a pocketable supercomputer with dozens of sensors that can’t be used as a computer mouse. While I’m very much so aware of the fact that there are open-source tools that can allow individuals to use their phone in this way, it’s far from being user friendly. Just imagine how nice it would be to have a computer and a smartphone that doubles as a capable mouse whenever you need it to! Outside of some ergonomic…

Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.

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