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Product Details

  • Series: Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2005 edition (July 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852338253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852338251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,633,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now almost everyone in the developed world has a mobile phone and these have revolutionised how people communicate with each other and how people now live and work. This book seeks to identify and study some of the milestones in attitudes and technology that are leading to new methods of communicating, texting, gaming and messaging. These words even 10 years ago wouldn't have featured in the lexicon of mobile communication. The steep changes brought about by mobile communications have led the authors to contrast the past with today's world and to glimpse into the future.

Steve Hearnden, Telecommunications Consultant

This book presents a rich insight into how and why the mobile has become so important in today’s society. It explores the strong emotional attachment that people have to these devices, and argues that it is people and not the technology that developers must put at the heart of future mobile offerings. A valuable book for industry and academics alike.

Dr Phil Gosset, Vodafone Group R&D

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Why have mobile phones so quickly become part of our everyday lives? This book brings together the perspectives of key researchers in the area to explore lessons on social shaping, examining what can be learnt from the adoption of mobile devices that can be applied to other, newer, digital technologies.

Forecasting the impact of new technology is always difficult. Occasionally demand is underestimated, but more often it is overestimated, and at great cost. Digital technology is unlike anything that has gone before, making it particularly difficult to understand its implications for businesses, public services and society in general. By looking at what has happened in the past and what is happening now, and offering methods of using this knowledge to look forward, this book will contribute to reducing expensive forecasting errors in the future.

Key reading for all those involved with the future of mobile communications, this book is a valuable resource, particularly for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students on Mobile Technology courses, practitioners, and researchers working in mobile communications, CSCW and HCI.

This volume is a sequel to Brown et al: Wireless World: Social and Interactional Aspects of the Mobile Age, also in the CSCW series.

 

"This book presents a rich insight into how and why the mobile has become so important in today’s society. It explores the strong emotional attachment that people have to these devices, and argues that it is people and not the technology that developers must put at the heart of future mobile offerings. A valuable book for industry and academics alike."

Dr Phil Gosset, Vodafone Group R&D

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is a good attempt at peering into the future of mobile computing. In part, it does this by looking at the recent past, and the various projections made then about upcoming mobile trends. These predictions are evaluated against what actually happened. A sobering comparison. A lot of hype happened in the 90s dot com and telecom era. And mobile computing spanned both fields. Resulting in massive overbuilding of telecom networks and overbidding for 3G licenses. Billions of dollars, euros and yen were squandered in those efforts.

So one lesson from the book is that predictions are always fraught with uncertainty. Hopefully, this engenders some caution and humility amongst the authors of the book's papers, and in the reader.

The book studies future mobile technologies and wonders how these might turn out. Useful research ideas. Though nothing I read here really seemed to be a gripping, Eureka-type vision.
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