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Mobile Technology _ Ubiquitous Computing by wuyunqing


									Mobile Technology & Ubiquitous Computing
ICT is becoming more portable and more prominent in the information landscape.
Soon, we will see ICT everywhere (both inside and outside of us).

1. Types of Mobile Technology
       a. Phones
                i. Smart phones (data transmission)
                       1. Blackberry (media convergence)
                              a. Tethering (to get Internet access by hooking up your
                                  Blackberry to a laptop)
                       2. iPhone (media convergence)
               ii. Cell phone (portable, calling)
               iii. Texting
                       1. Can combine with photos or videos
                       2. Sexting
       b. Laptops: smaller portable computers
                i. Netbooks: very small and light weight, combines computing and
                   cell phone technology
               ii. Can combine with phone features such as SKYPE
       c. Gaming devices
                i. Handhelds (PSP [PlayStation Portable] and Nintendo DS)
               ii. The new DSi comes with a bidirectional camera, sound recorder,
                   picto-chat, wireless Internet, and note taking ability
               iii. Many other gaming devices have wireless features and
                   collaborative communication features
       d. GPS [Global Positioning Systems]: this can be a stand alone device or can
            come as a service on a cell phone. Basically it is used for navigation.
       e. PDA’s (Portable Digital Assistant): handheld computers including smart
            phones and tablet PC’s.
       f.   PIM’s (Personal Information Managers): includes calendars, schedulers,
            address books, note taking devices…
       g. Biometrics: these are different types of software/hardware that combine
            with biology
                i. Palm/finger print recognition for security
               ii. Retina print scanners
              iii. Smart cards: cards with microchips (like credit cards or ID cards)
             iv. Microchips put inside the body that can be scanned
      h. E-book Readers: portable electronic text readers
               i. Sony Digital Reader
              ii. Amazon Kindle
              iii. Can also read text out loud
             iv. Also can bookmarks and write comments on the text which then
                   can be shared with others
      i.   Intelligent buildings: buildings that have ubiquitous computing features
           (seamless integration of technology into the design)
               i. Can monitor a person’s health condition
              ii. Alleviate the need to carry technology with us
              iii. Example: Songdo, Korea (
2. Key questions
      a. Do we own the information about us?
      b. Does the use of mobile technology affect our relationships with other
      c. Can we make mobile communication technology more social?
      d. What are the positive and negative consequences of having ubiquitous

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