The discussion started in my JUG mailing list, where some
members started celebrating the availability of
href='http://br.youtube.com/yt_mobile_app'>YouTube for Mobile
Devices, including remarkable advances of the nowadays gadgets, like
the supposedly revolutionary features of IPhone and a lot of
The aftermath of the flame produced some insights I would like
to share with you, but not before a context quiz:
- When the keyboard was invented?
- When the mouse was invented?
- How frequently you run applications in your cell phone? If
not much, why?
- How many pages you can type in a small device before to hit
it in the wall?
- How many hours - compared to your TV or your computer - you
spend using your mobile devices? If not much, why?
- Which is more expensive in your working place: your computer
or your chair?
- When was the last time you updated or replaced a software?
- When was the last time you updated or replaced a hardware?
- Pervasive computing means you to carry everything in your
pocket? If not, why you still carrying it?
So, if you start looking around and thinking of what your are
using, perhaps you share my perception about the gap between hardware
and software. Few more thoughts and you realize the different velocity
some technologies are adopted comparing to others, and the obvious
One of the key points of our discussion was about powerful
tools of mobile devices and the real adoption of such features. No
doubt modern cell phones can seduce you with those colored keys,
multimedia features and fancy design... but think twice, how
frequently you actually use it for something you really need?
The hardware hurts you
A short survey gave us the impression about the most popular
features of mobile devices: SMS, GPS and - of course - the phone. We
could not identify the adoption of anything much beyond those basic
functionalities. Despite all arguments used to justify why the
revolutionary features are not being adopted in large scale by end
user, I have a strong feeling about the main reason: the hardware is
just boring. The hardware hurts you, it destroys your body and your
patience, and doesn't matter your expectations about the next cell
phone xyz99, it will come with a newer version of the same too small
buttons, tiring screen and probably it will be just a replacement of
your current walkman. Keyboards? Come on, when was the last time you
invest real money in a keyboard? Cheapest seems to be the
most successfully brand in the keyboards market. Mouse? Do you really
like it? And what about the furniture? Do you really believe the
designer/architect who designed your chair spends 12 hours coding
every day? eheh, I guess not, the artistic designer is probably more
busy thinking about colors and other very important details. Important
for sale, I guess :)
Innovation == renovation?
Thinking about the last 30 years (sorry, more than that I
should be born again), I can remember real revolutions in movies,
image, sound, software. From computer technology, hardware evolved a
lot, including astronomical amount of memory we use nowadays and the
allucinogenous CPU velocity. But about design, it is a bit hard to
defend. While we wait for the Quantum Physics to offer us another
computer model, we seem to be locked in old paradigms. I would like
not to go so far in science because it is just a blog, but returning
to the subject of our mundane gadgets I guess we are waiting too long
for better devices, aren't we?
I must confess the discussion was quite interesting and I
pretty sure about its controversial side-effects, but instead of
bothering you more about my insights, I prefer to leave these ideas
open for discussion. Perhaps you can show me other perspective,
something to convince me to give a second chance to try the cell
A wish for my next cell phone
I want my cell phone to read my email messages for me, and I
want to have a chance to speak the responses or new messages while the
phone converts the sound in text messages.
It seems better than another five different ways to manipulate
the renewed versions of the same icons through the same buttons :)
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