Computing is all around

When you add information processing and communication to the design of any object, it changes. It’s like adding electricity to a previously manual task. When you add an electric motor, the shape of the tool changes, the actions change, the goals change. The same kind of change happens when information processing is added to the mix as a design consideration.

Today’s computers are shaped the way they are – single blocks of plastic and aluminum with general-purpose input and output devices – because until very recently, computers were expensive. Everything had to be done with a single device that did many things. With computers embedded into all kinds of everyday objects, the shape of computers can change: there can be many devices, each of which does a small number of things.

These specialized devices fall into the category of ubiquitous computing, and designing them is afundamentally different process than designing the software and hardware objects we’re familiar with. It requires a combination of industrial design, service design, interaction design and experience design.”

From http://thingm.com/process.html

 

Mobile Phones, today, should be more appropriately assigned to the category of  web-connected devices. I undertand that similarities with wireless connected machines doing a single very specific job is not immediate. But that object in your pocket, able to immediately sync the cloud, is a great potential enabler for infinite services.

If you talk to Mike Kuniavsky, CEO at ThingM, will tell you that today it doesn’t make sense to think of apps development and terminal design as separate entitites.

Internet of Things is the internet of things, so you should…design..things!

Still mobiles are designed instead, stuffed with sensors, and then any other possible gadget which got no cost or downsized enough to fit in. Then, developers are asked to develop apps and spread ideas about how to use all these powerful mix of things.

Another different approach is starting from the service itself, thinking it pure and clean, and then imagining what should be best designed to handle the service beneath.

There’s room for creativity. On larger scale.

 

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