A New World: Mobile Technology Presented by Brett Oppegaard WSU Vancouver, Fall 2009, DTC Workshop What mobile tech used to be like: Geek chic The 'Game Changer' ... Apple's iPhone: • Released on June 29, 2007 • Lede of MacWorld story from that day : Pete Jensen came to the Apple store with an iPod, PDA and cell phone. “Today, I've got three things in my pocket. Tomorrow, I'll have one.” Apple's iPhone: • More than 30 million sold so far Source: The Economist, Oct. 15, 2009 Other “smart phones” include: Android models, such as the G1, Blackberry's Storm, Palm Pre, etc. ... Not just interesting to academics -- Within five years, about $8 billion in revenue is projected to be generated by mobile applications just in the entertainment fields of video games, music, television and news / information. And roughly 20 percent of wireless revenues right now come from mobile data. Source: Diamond Consulting Beyond business interests: • Mobile devices will be the world's primary connection tool to the Internet by 2020 “The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper, and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller (than the one computer at M.I.T. In 1965)” ... “So what used to fit in a building, now fits in your pocket. What fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.” -- Ray Kurzweil, inventor and renowned futurist Source: Xplane, “Shift Happens” What is new here? It's not just about telephone calls, or the convenience of only carrying one device ... • Location awareness • Spatial awareness • Context awareness • Super social connector • Ubiquitous and personally unique Other upcoming mobile workshops at WSUV: Building Apps – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Room 129 Admin Building: What is driving mobile application development? Why should you consider developing mobile apps? Guest speakers: Jason Grigsby, mobile strategist and co-founder of Cloud Four (and one of the project leads on the Obama iPhone app) and Steve Romero, Critical Path Software, whose mobile apps in 2009 have generated $500 million, $10 / $20 for admission. Mark Amerika – 2:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, VMMC111: Amerika “will talk about how mobile phones can be used to experiment with and remix established art forms and narrative structures that we usually associate with other media genres (like film and video art) and also help us rethink the possibilities of "scale" and venue.
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