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October 10, 2011


Mark B

Hi Tomi
Isn't this an expansion of the existing 8th principle, wherein AR becomes one of an increasing number of examples of mobile as the digital interface to the real world?

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Digital interface to the analog world -- yeah, that makes sense. And thanks to IPv6, soon everything in the world will have its own internet address.

Ben Day

Really interesting article, this is the first time that I've come across these unique facets of mobile.

The thing that really strikes me is that many of the unique aspects of mobile are also aspects of human nature. This is not surprising given that this a devices designed to support our day to day lives, but it could be argued that this is the case for all electronic devices.

The key difference with mobile is that they are designed to be carried about our person and as a result offer functionality that closely maps to our day to day interactions with the world around us. It's not a massive leap to envisage these devices becoming a physical part of our bodies further integrating the analogue and digital.

Do we all have a future as cyborgs or are we already there?

Antoine RJ Wright

Re: Ben Day -
Yes, that's one of the directions that we are heading to. One evolution of mobile combines the biological and computational elements that we are familiar with to augment human capacity. We see this mores than in times past as there is now the level of integration to the brain for prosthetics that we can now call some/many/all of those applications cybernetics.

Another direction - and part of my argument over at Forum Oxford in this discussion - is that the presence of AR (and by relation VR, 3D, and 4D interfaces) is that mobile is now pointing to a layer of spatial interaction that was previously not *as possible.* Due to the prior 7 characteristics, the presence of "mobile as AR element" pokes open the door that mobile is more or less a key to better understanding and manipulating items we'd usually associate to computing in a more spatial arena. This can also be seen in the application of gesture interfaces, sensors for disease/wellness attached to mobiles and in the devices themselves, and some AI components (Nokia Bots, Siri, Google Voice Search, etc.). I talk about this idea of "blended realities" w/mobile playing the role of a magic wand here:

There's a lot happening next. Its all kind of right there in front of us.


Those 9 attributes of mobile are cool an all. And they do offer a lot of new opportunities,

But they do seem to ignore 1 hugely limiting attribute. Display size. At 2-5" there are a lot of experiences that my mobile will not ever be able to deliver better or even good enough for every day not on the move use, then my 100" TV, 27" PC display, 13.3" laptop or even 10" tablet.

Or at least until those heads up, retina projection displays become a reality


All OK if your battery hasn't run out of juice. Try and check-in at the airport when your power is down!!


Battery power and screen size are just technical limitations but they do not change the theoretical base of Tomi's arguments. Technologies are coming and going but personal mobile computing with 'unlimited' data connectivity bring the above benefits.

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Hey Tommi. Here's another example of exactly that:

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