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Let's digress for a while and forget about the ongoing flat-rate price war and that latest buzz about Sprint's rumored move of undercutting other players with its $60 monthly unlimited plan.

Instead, venture in the world of boundless possibilities the convergence of mobility and digital world has to offer. A truly amazing futuristic concept is this ultra-thin transparent slide from PetitInvention:

This is what I wish the internet search will be able to do with a mobile device in the NEAR future. Touch screen, built in camera, scanner, WiFi, google map (hopefully google earth), google search, image search… all in one device. Like this way, when you can see a building through it, it gives you the image search result right on the spot.

Far from reality? Well, maybe. But the underlying technologies are on the way. Remember Magitti? The software that automatically recommends information about "local area" activities.

There's also the character-recognition and text-to-speech software powering the Nokia N82 for the visually impaired. Moreover, its design is heavily influenced by Amazon Kindle as well as its wireless features. Not to mention the power of QR codes.

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