EHS student wins scholarship for phone of the future idea

From Staff Reports

   What features will phones have by Year 2050? Thanks to a winning description provided by Brad Borland, a senior at Elizabethton High School, Sprint has a better idea.
   Borland, the son of Mark and Deb Borland of Elizabethton, received a $1,000 scholarship check for winning the "Sprint Solutions Phone of Year 2050" program.
   Tri-Cities and Elizabethton-area seniors were encouraged to describe the innovations they think are in store for the telecommunications industry by Year 2050. Sprint presented Borland his check at Elizabethton High School on Wednesday.
   Borland's entry envisioned a holographic (3-D imaging) phone that would involve using a "holorecorder" and a "holoprojector". Present videoconferencing technology allows the two communicating parties seeing each other on a television screen. Borland's phone will have the capability to see and talk with callers in three dimensions.
   Actually, holographic ideas popped up in several of the Tri-Cities entries, but Borland's explanation and supporting material took his entry to another level, according to Spring officials.
   "Today's phones use calling features in our Sprint Solutions package, such as Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and Call Blocking," said Jim Wilhoit, Sprint's public affairs manager. "We wanted to see how students think telecommunications services will continue to evolve to meet people's changing needs. Sprint was very pleased with the creative and innovative ideas it received from local students."
   Borland's winning entry will be posted on Sprint's community Web pages at sprintcommitment.com.
   Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in more than 70 countries.