Chapter 18

Opportunity 5.2

Mindfulness without Apps


What if apps installed and uninstalled themselves on our phones depending on who and what we encountered—the phone itself becoming mindful of the moment? What about building phones as “physical browsers” rather than digitally focused devices? Or, more radically still, why not jettison apps all together and design around the notion of a “person” and their relationships? In this Opportunity chapter we outline this rich design space and encourage you to think of the possibilities.


just-in-time interaction; ambient computing; relationship based design
What’s the Opportunity?
This opportunity is thinking about a world without apps (or at least apps as we currently know them). What if the ...

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