The rapid acceleration of technology delivers myriad benefits in work and in play. In particular, the improvement and innovation in the way we are able to interact with technology is opening up a much brighter world of possibilities.
The evolution of the humble cell phone from being a device that once simply enabled us to text and call those around us, into becoming an essential component of life, unlocking a world of entertainment, information and interactivity, perhaps best exemplifies these changes.
Mobile interface, sometimes referred to as a mobile UI, is the display typically found on phones and tablets that allows users to interact with a range of features and functions, and it’s the possibilities this technology has presented in recent years for interacting with external devices and equipment that are most exciting.
Now that’s entertainment
This technology is now central to the core operation and interaction with services across a range of industries, notably in the entertainment sector – from scintillating cinema to fast-paced poker.
The explosion of streaming has captured the imagination of content producers but, in equal measure, has challenged brands, and software and hardware developers to produce the next generation of tech that is capable of meeting the growing demands of the consumer.
The result of that is users being able to access services like Netflix and Amazon Prime across all of their devices over a cellular or wi-fi connection, wherever they happen to be. Geographical restrictions may apply, but customers are now effectively able to consume their content from anywhere in the world.
Another industry getting to grips with the game-changing impact that cloud and mobile interface technology can have is gaming. The arrival of Google Stadia on the scene has pushed the tech agenda further towards the utilization of mobile interface technology.
Much like those tuning into Netflix or Prime, Stadia subscribers can play their games wherever they are, through their mobile device, without the requirement for cumbersome software downloads or even high-processing power on the device they’re using. Content is simply cast from external servers and streamed in real-time on the user’s screen.
Other online start-ups allow the device itself to be used as a controller, placing mobile interface at the very heart of gaming, as players gradually adapt to the idea of using their phone as a game controller.
Staying in control
Drone control is also enjoying the benefits of the emergence of mobile interface technology and operators are increasingly able to control their machines with exacting precision, without the need for more expensive, physical remotes.
The ability to operate your drone using the devices and technology you are used to is a real boon for the industry, helping to make the hobby more accessible to newbies while offering near-limitless customization opportunities. Many of the mobile interface apps for drone control offer a rich suite of settings that essentially allow the user to design a bespoke experience that best suits their purposes and habits.
Mobile interface apps also enable users to enjoy a live video feed from in front of the drone, while other possibilities include integration with other mobile apps such as navigational tools like Google Maps. There is even the possibility of using smaller screens like those on smartwatches, given that these are already being utilized for anything from online poker to measuring your heart rate.
Though in many respects this technology is still in its infancy – and it’s fair to say that the picture is always likely to be changing – it’s reasonable to claim that there are already clear advantages offered by mobile interface when compared to classic ‘offline’ or analog controllers, whether that’s in drone control, gaming or streaming.
Pulsating poker possibilities
Other industries could also soon reap the benefits of mobile interface tech. Since its emergence in the mid-nineties, the online gambling sector has been a master of new technology, harnessing innovations in browser processing power, mobile technology, and augmented and virtual reality to deliver a more immersive experience to players.
While some casual players are happy to enjoy simple adaptations of their favorite casino games, others demand an experience that is as close to the real thing as possible, including interaction with live dealers and competition with real players from around the world.
Many of the world’s timeless poker classics, including hits like Texas Holdem, 7 card stud and Omaha hi/lo, have transformed beyond recognition online during the last 25 years, from humble lo-fi beginnings to high octane action that allows players to up the ante and go ‘all in’ in the most vivid of environments.
One great example is the 888poker app, which is available to mobile players across iPhone and Android, offering them optimized experiences for larger screen tablets and smaller screen phones. The app features modern poker adaptations, like Snap Poker, designed to better suit gaming on the go, and delivering a faster, more exhilarating experience.
Mobile interface technology is helping to support these ambitions and promote further innovation, and the same tech that is being used to enable customers to play games or watch movies remotely is being harnessed to allow players to take part in real life poker games using just their mobile device.
The premise is relatively straight-forward in that your phone displays your hand, while a larger screen in front of you displays the information related to your game, but it’s the possibilities beyond that which are truly exciting, such as enabling remote players to remotely participate in real-life poker games using just their device.
Driving real change
Despite all this, it’s perhaps beyond the world of entertainment where the possibilities of mobile interface are still to be realized. The advent of self-driving cars on our roads appears to be just around the corner, with more than 1,400 currently being tested by companies across the USA.
As this technology is perfected in terms of its safety and feasibility, attention will gradually turn to how consumer devices, like phones and tablets, can empower ‘drivers’ to interact with their vehicles, and once again it is perhaps integration with existing navigation apps that offers the clearest route forward.
Mobile interface technology already allows us to track where our taxi is – and interact with the driver when we need to – all from the comfort of the couch or on the go in the city. But perhaps the day that we’re truly taking matters into our own hands, and consciously navigating our ride to where it needs to be, isn’t that far away.
So, whether it’s enjoying a real-life ‘cockpit’ view while steering a drone, winning big on the poker table or enjoying the latest games and films, it seems mobile interface is here to stay – and already changing the game for the better.