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Chapter 2: The Future Of Mobile

By Stephanie Rieger

“First mobile was the standard old cell phone. You talked into it. The second mobile era was brought to us by the iPhone. You poked at a screen. The third era will bring us a mobile that saves us from clicking on the screen.”– Robert Scoble1

Predicting the future of technology is always hard. Seen from a distance, progress feels almost inevitable. With each passing day, products seem to get better, smaller and cheaper. The transition from one technology to the next is rarely painless (or free), but by the time technologies enter the lives of “normal people,” most major kinks have probably been worked out.

Of course, we are not those normal people. We designers seek out technologies well before they ...

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