We’ve seen the phone/oyster card hybrid, and the barcode scanner/phone hybrid, and we’ve long had mp3 cameras and cameras built into our phones. Enough? Not for Japan. Their attitude is “let’s see what else we can cram in there!”. They’ve put your car key into your mobile. At the moment it only works with Nissan vehicles, but it can remotely lock or unlock your car, as well as starting or stopping the engine. It’s not on the market yet, but they’ll be demonstrating it at the CEATAC conference in Tokyo on Sept 30th.
I don’t know about you, but this scares me a little. The amount of “I’ve lost my phone” Facebook groups I get invited to seems to indicate that I either have very careless friends, or people lose a lot of phones. The evidence points to the latter. If I lost my phone for whatever reason, I certainly wouldn’t want to suddenly lose my cash, travelcard, car keys and so on all in one go. Personally speaking, I’m happy to put up with the inconvenience of having things in different pockets for the time being.