Brief of Lee’s research until now

When I had my tutorial, Tim said that our final project could be based on ‘Hypothetical’ technologies. – how do you think about this? real, or hypothetical.


‘Mobile marketing tells us they will transport us, not to a new planet, but to a whole new world of exiting, life-enhancing possibilities. We will communicate and relate in better ways; become more creative, better informed, better educated; and live in enhanced communities and societies as smart mobs swarm into action – all the while becoming more efficient and effective in our working lives.’ – Mobile interaction design, Jones, M. Marsden, G.


Mobile phone is an essential part of everyday life. : same book, p1

–          a ‘Remote control’ for real world.

–          To overcome daily travel delay frustrations.

–          A ‘Relationship appliance’

–          A community device to organize political demonstrations.


The statistics : now use of mobile phones are staggering. : penetration rate is nearly 100% in many European countries. Even one person has several handsets.

Nowadays, the ‘early adapters’ buy handheld computers. The money of mobile companies is made from general service – just calling and sending texts. WAP, video calling and mobile payment plans are failed.

The reasons : basic mobile devices and services meet human desires in simple, direct ways. The other advances services are not.


What is a mobile?

The answer is not straightforward. One of the most important factors : communication without limitation of place. For quick communication.

Most have physical buttons which can be pressed and many have touch-sensitive displays.

Type of portable consumer electronic devices: games. camera. calculator. MP3 player.


Differences between mobile phone and PDA

‘Until the end of the 1990s, there were two types of handheld device that supported quite different sets of user needs. There were the mobile phones, for keeping in touch, and PDAs or handhelds, for information management’ – p9

Mobile : communication-oriented

PDA : information-focused


The trend is clear : people will be able to carry mobiles that have both communication and information functions.


Question : appliance? Or swiss army knife? : to work with other devices(such as PC) or to work alone?


Examples for using mobility :

–          a PDA type device built into a shopping cart : helping the user’s shopping

–          handheld devices for Museums and art galleries : an interactive map


My one idea : interactive system(application) for tourists – sightseeing is one of the biggest reason of blogging. Tourists are really relevant with mobility.

The idea is not new one, but I am focusing to its mobility. I think this idea is more practical than hypothetical. It is easier to make… but this time, it is just my one idea.

One Response to Brief of Lee’s research until now

  1. Laila says:

    I guess we are both tackling the question you have rised:

    Question : appliance? Or swiss army knife? : to work with other devices(such as PC) or to work alone?

    In my case I see that Mobile applicaions and Web have intimate association together.

    As for the hypothetical approach, I still didn’t frame an assumption yet, but lets see

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