It's a great time to be a mobile tech addict

It's a great time to be a mobile tech addict

Summary: Sometimes we proclaim a lack of innovation has hit the mobile space, but the reality is, mobile tech is taking us into a fantastic era.

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As someone who has been heavily involved in mobile tech since it wasn't very portable, the advances we’re seeing now make this a wonderful time. Mobile technology has evolved to become an integral part of our lives, and it is fantastic to see it happen. It will keep getting better, playing an expanding role in society, personal growth, and generally making the world a better place.

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Looking at mobile tech from a purely technical level you begin to understand how profoundly it is shaping our world. Pick a smartphone, brand and platform don’t matter, and you see the ability to communicate globally. Not too long ago we could only communicate with voice calls, and then mostly to those in our immediate vicinity.

Pick up any mobile device today, it really doesn’t matter which brand nor type of gadget, and you can tap into virtually all available knowledge in the world today. You will also have more computing power in your hand than at any time in history.

Laptops have become full computers that can fill the needs of virtually every business and individual user. This mobile tech has freed us from the desks we were chained to by the desktop PCs of old. We can take the entire computing system with us.

I predicted for years that tablets would become a major player in the mobile space, and that’s happened. They have come to every major mobile platform, and they are the truest mobile computer ever made. The tablet is such an important development in the mobile segment that even Windows has morphed into a mobile platform. Not the Windows Mobile of old, but full-blown Windows is now a mobile OS. That’s a very good thing.

Now there are virtually no limits to who we can keep in touch with, no matter where we are. We can correspond via email or social media with others almost anywhere in the world. We can share ideas and explain our beliefs with those near and far. We can debate those with opposing beliefs, which gives us a chance to grow as individuals. All of this is possible due to mobile tech.

Those of us in the developed world can use mobile tech for such trivial things as ordering food, while those in remote African villages can use it for significant things such as identifying counterfeit prescription drugs at the point of purchase. Others in remote areas can get medical treatment, otherwise unavailable, using the simple mobile phone.

People in times of turmoil can be heard all over the world, bringing awareness to their plight to the global population at large. The current riots in Venezuela, a place I was happy to call home for six years, have a new meaning with those affected being able to use social networks to let us know what is happening. We saw the same thing not too long ago in Egypt. This works due to mobile tech giving a voice to the outside world, for those who would otherwise be silenced.

Mobile tech is about to enter an even more exciting time, as companies begin to explore wearables. They seem frivolous now, but I see fantastic things coming in areas that will make lives better. I see a time when a wearable will sense a seizure before it happens, warning the wearer and those around him/her to take action. Wearables will constantly monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics, allowing them to better control this disease.

While healthcare providers use smartphones to treat patients remotely, wearables will be able to monitor vital signs to make that treatment more effective. Doctors will be able to spot changes in patients with chronic disease through a wearable that monitors the disease and wirelessly pings the physician. Treatment will be proactive, not reactive to episodes as is so often the case.

Businesses are adopting mobile technology at a rapid pace. It's not unusual to see smartphones and tablets in use all over the workplace. Workers are using them for everything you can imagine, and that will expand in the future.

When I think about the state of mobile tech as a whole I get almost giddy. It has evolved at such a rapid pace, and I am happy to witness this amazing evolution.

While following them is exciting, the joy of mobile tech is not just about the gadgets. Mobile tech is changing our world for the better, and the incredible thing is it’s only just beginning. It’s a great time to be a mobile enthusiast, and I am happy to be a small part of it. Pardon me for gushing, but it’s a very nice time for this mobile guy.

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Topics: Mobility, Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Freed?

    "This mobile tech has freed us from the desks we were chained to by the desktop PCs of old."

    Worst thing ever. Now workers are always on the clock... without the extra pay.
    unoriginal
    • Only if they want to be.

      It is their choice.
      jessepollard
      • for now

        It's sold as choice until it becomes mandatory. You don't see it coming, despite being a proponent of it...
        HypnoToad72
        • Nothing new

          Same thing was said with beepers, cell phones, home broadband, etc. All depends on your job and if you are desperate enough to keep it.
          Rann Xeroxx
    • Really?

      I've never experienced that. If I choose to ignore my mobile devices for work related stuff when I'm off the clock no one has ever punished me for it. It's illegal to require employees to work off the clock.
      chefgon
      • Hourly vs Salaried

        If you're an hourly employee I'm sure that's true. But the salaried employees at my job (including me) are expected to respond to boss and client emails pretty much all the time.
        MajorlyCool
        • As a formerly salaried employee (now retired)...

          It is still illegal.

          The way that was handled was to have a specific company phone - the person who had the phone that weekend was expected to answer.

          We could refuse to answer if the call came to our personal phones. Usually, if one of us answered, we would only take the task if and only if it was an emergency... Normally that would also get us an add 4 hour pay bonus, even if we were only doing something for 15 minutes.
          jessepollard
  • Mobile Tech

    Great article James. I agree 100%. My life is better too.
    lloydkuhnle@...
    • good for you

      By the time you get to age 23 and are obese and lazy because you'd rather play angry birds for $300/hr...
      HypnoToad72
  • How 'bout the flip side?

    Could we get an article on the downside of all this? Stuff like every 3rd traffic light someone is holding up 5 cars because they didn't see the light turn green when they were looking down testing? Or people shedding the bad habit of watching 4 hours of TV on the couch when they got home from work....only to spend 4 hours on their tablet? Or people talking WAY too loud on the smartphones in public places such as restaurants, elevators or movie theatres? Etc, etc, etc...

    It's here to stay, but its not all good.
    mepallow
    • Agreed. Everybody's finding more ingenious ways

      to kill themselves and those around them with all this technology.

      Not on purpose, mind you, but they get so enamored with what's going on a 1000 miles away, feeling they need to be involved at that very instant in time, that they forget they're smack dab in the middle of a group of people at that momemt.

      Kind of sucks when you, and that group of people are all moving 60 to 70 MPH on a highway....
      William.Farrel
    • I agree, and yet....

      ...is the impact of technology more negative or positive. There were no 17 car pile ups before there were cars. Ever advancement carries negatives and positives, but over all the positives outweigh the negatives.

      So far as I know, the number of accidents has not gone up dramatically since the invention of the cell phone, and yet now, many states have laws against texting while driving, or against cell phone use unless it is hands free. If these are responsible for a significant number of accidents, then people must have had other ways to distract themselves while driving.

      Personally, I am less interesting in the good versus bad and more interesting in the cultural changes that come about because of cell phones and other technology.

      Oh, and I think that cell phones are traffic are a terrible idea. 3 out of 4 times, when I see someone doing something inattentively stupid in traffic, going slow, drifting back and forth, or ignoring the green light, I find a phone stuck to their ear as I pass them.
      AudeKhatru
  • I agree with James

    I have been in a similar position to James, my first smartphone was a Sony Ericsson P900, and I've had a number since then. I think that their capabilities have grown enormously. The spread of the tech worldwide has made society much better.

    There are downsides, of course, as with any technology, but let's see what this year brings.
    CaptainColin
  • Truly exciting

    Great piece it is truly exciting the advances in technology as you have outlined things that were undreamed of a decade ago that is open to anyone with a smartphone like being able to use my lg optimus G with a bt keyboard and mouse mirrored to a large screen and bam you have some serious computing power and the optimus G is what? 3 years old already.
    Can't wait to see what the next few years have in store.
    Bigdadycool
  • Kind of...

    "We can debate those with opposing beliefs, which gives us a chance to grow as individuals. All of this is possible due to mobile tech."

    I would actually counter that social media has brought out the worst in people, especially if the medium allows for anonymity. How many "debates" do you see online that end up in name calling or insults? You don't even have to look far, look at some of the comment sections in this very blog and you'll see conversations quickly degenerating (i.e. the utility of chromebooks).
    JKontheRunFan
  • Zero Article, better comments

    The article is a fluff piece.

    Oh, isn't modern technology great.

    There, the entire article in one sentence. Where are the concrete examples? The sum of human knowledge at your fingertips? Oh, so no more bar arguments over trivia. What a wonderful and important change in our lives.

    At least the monitors you mention for the future have real potential, but there will be a downside to that too. How easy will it be to track everyone when they are wearing a computer at all times?

    If I were a teacher grading this as a paper I would tell you to come back with more concrete examples of the positive changes brought by mobile technology....C+.
    AudeKhatru