In a fantastic case of science-fiction-meets-reality, Qualcomm created the X Prize Foundation to challenge developers and innovators to create a Star Trek Tricorder. The prize? $10M!
It has been predicted by many technology pundits that smartphones will be in everyone's hands within the next few years. Of course there will be different flavors of smartphones to adjust to different consumer ranges, but the way of the numpad flip-phones will be left to the late 90s and the 2000s.