4 December 2006

How long until the mobile is the heart of entertainment?

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“When we first began thinking of the mobile phone as ‘our identity’ it became obvious overnight that it was the most personal and handy portal for all entertainment services. But how long will it take until that eventuality comes about.”

This is the central question of a rather technology-focused foresight piece published by Faultline, the weekly newsletter of Rethink Research, a London-based publishing and consulting firm, and reprinted in The Register.

“It’s not hard to see that the mobile phone, modeled as it is more and more on the Star Trek communicator from our childhood TV shows, will take on more and more significance in our lives, acting as the ultimate personal collection of thoughts, memories, schedules, diary, preferences and an indication of just where we are on the planet.”

The article goes on to describe all the upcoming technologies that should make this possible “in the 2010 to 2012 time frame” without even spending one paragraph on what people would actually want or like and how to design for that.

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