Rethinking the Cell Phone

February 14, 2008

modu_x220.jpgSome ideas keep coming back… In Technology Review: Rethinking the Cell Phone, a Israeli start-up proposes to make a modular cell phone, in which display and interface is seperated from the communication technology. The assumption is that sometimes you might want a phone that is as small as possible and in other cases you would like to have something with a big screen to do emails on the go. Instead of buying seperate phones, why not have multiple accessory displays… In the future, parts of the cell phone could even be integrated into your jacket or belt.

In 1999, a Silicon Valley start-up IXI had the similar vision, but could never materilize it. Partly because the perceived ‘cost saving’ is not large enough, partly because most people would rather not have too many accessories that they can forget or loose… As Moore’s law continues and phones become smaller and more powerful, it difficult to see that the time has come for the IXI’s of this world.

Please comment if you share or reject my view. Thanks.


Playing tag |

January 2, 2008

It would be nice if you can check out people at a party before (or even without) talking to them. How this works? This is described in the article Playing tag  from the Economist’s Quarterly Technology Review.  A Bluetooth enabled phone identifies a person and you get the personal information from social sites. Mobile web2.0.

Free mobile communication

October 31, 2007

Free mobile phone calls sounds like a great idea, but how to pay the bill to the operators? Start-up Blyk (founded by an ex-Nokia exec) is exploring a new business model based on advertisment. They have launched a service in the UK for 16 to 24 year-olds, offering free calls and SMS in exchange for receiving up to 6 ‘brand messages’ and adds per day. Focussing on a dedicated user group is an interesting twist, as this makes the adds more valuable…