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Cell phones as the essential interface December 26, 2007

Posted by carolyn610 in technology.
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NPR had a story today in their morning program, business section, that examined why cell phones usage was so much more advanced in Europe and Asia.  One key point that leapt out at me was the fact that in Asia the commute time is very long and essentially eats up much of their free time.  If they couldn’t access the web and television on their cell phones while they were commuting or at work (they talked about bar tenders watching soccer matches at work on their phones), they wouldn’t have the free time to do so.   Commute times are increasing around this country.

Second point of interest from that news story: infrastructure. Europe and Japan standardized their systems much sooner than we have.  The report stated that our cell phone  companies are just getting around to it, but driven by economic opportunity (IPHONE sales are brisk) they see that the infrastructure will soon be available.  In Japan you can load your phone with money and then use it to buy gum, pay subway fares, etc.   What are libraries doing to ready their technological infrastructre to handle demands like this? 

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1. Will - December 31, 2007

This idea is reinforced by the 2007 Higher Education annual report on emerging technologies, which emphasizes the increasing importance of cell phones as a platform over the next several years.

Just the cell phone portion of the report is here: http://www.nmc.org/horizonproject/2007/mobile-phones. The entire report (as a PDF) is here: http://www.nmc.org/horizon/2007/report).

The 2008 report will be out in January, and should make for fascinating reading. These reports are a joint effort of the New Media Consortium (NMC) (http://www.nmc.org/) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) (http://www.educause.edu/content.asp?SECTION_ID=86&bhcp=1).

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