Emily’s research and thoughts

May 26, 2008

My dear fellows! Last few days I’ve been British Library, I read some books which are quite useful. I would like to start by talking the implication of mobile phones in society.

The mobile phone is implicated in between the private and the public. It is a big interference in people’s life; affect every aspect of our personal and professional lives either directly or indirectly. ‘Person’ has become portal rather than group is the primary unit of connectivity. When text messages and phone are shared among the group, they add to the interaction of the entire group rather than only of their owners. Most people have a shared experience of worry, uncertainty and impatience as they wonder if they are communicating and whether they will get reply. (I totally agree with it especially last week I argued with my former flatmates. I was so unhappy and sent a lot of SMSs to my friends for appeasement.) I pursuit this trend and found some interesting links:

Mobile gossip is good for us!


Addition A Sobering Message


I started to have an idea: we might employ text messaging to help young people deal with abortion or related problems/ circumstances.

After reading Laila’s post, I found some links maybe useful for us



After reading the book: I-mode eco-system and Designing interaction’s chapter 6 SERVICE

Personally, I would like to discover the possibility of designing service for mobile phones.

Here is a quote form this book.

‘As designers, we know how to inscribe cultural meaning into object and interfaces, but we don’t know how do inscribe cultural meaning into a service’.

I would investigate the transformation to revolutionary leap from the 5 distinct forms of technical innovation.

– Transformation

– Expansion

– Fusion

– Substation

– Innovations

One of my ideas appears – can we design a service within the location such as Café/ Bookstore/ or shopping centre by combining customer-generated content, GPS, people behavioural patterns?



May 23, 2008






Key points of Laila’s research until now

May 22, 2008

The significance of Mobile Web 2.0


Web 2.0: Intelligent Web or Harnessing collective Intelligence. Where users are given control of the content creation process.

Mobile Web 2.0: the idea of harnessing collective intelligence through mobile devices which can capture content at the point of inspiration. 


Today we live in a 3G-Technology era (third Generation mobile networks) with pre 2000 applications. The technology is here. The bandwidth is here. But, the mobile Data Industry has only achieved a fraction of its true potential.


– The missing piece of the puzzle is the ‘user oriented application’.

– The industry is still hampered by fragmentation: both in terms of Technology and the value chain.

In contrast in the fragmentation seen in the Mobile Data industry, the world wide Web is a unifying force which unites ideas, people and technology on the foundation of open standards.


Question: It seems obvious but could the Mobile Data Industry benefit by following the ethos of the Web?

Take the case of Mobile Internet.

In a Nutshell, Mobile Web 2.0 is focused on the user as the creator and consumer of content ‘
at the point of inspiration’ and the mobile device as the means to harness collective intelligence.



The idea that I have is to design an application or service that facilitates the user to publish the content he generated using a mobile phone for any general purpose and specifically for Journalists, to update their news blogs and Wiki’s while on the move.

The idea itself has been exisitng for a while now and the best example for it is Nokia LifeBlog.
I talked about it to Emily.


There are no application designed to use 2.0 technology lets say blog as a platform for publication so far. Of course I am researching still for the available services.

Brief of Lee’s research until now

May 22, 2008

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.