Chris Heathcote talk at reboot8
Last week, I missed Chris Heathcote presentation at Reboot (because of an early flight). However, since he put the slides on-line (see his blogpost) and given that people conspicuously took notes about it, I managed to get his stance. His talk (called "mobile 2.0 -a mobile Internet manifesto") was about the mobile internet. Chris criticized the barrier people think about when it comes to that: small display size, limited device speed/computing capability, tough text entry and insufficient network speed. Chris states that these limitations were not barriers. Bruno blogged about the real ones:
The real barriers are: transporting data wirelessly costs a lot of money ("flat pricing may partially solve this problem"), battery life is limited (color screen, playing music etc use serious power), the "2 hours problem" ("in the Western world we are always less than 2 hours away from a computer, so we put off doing stuff because we can wait 2 hours for it"), and smart networks ("we want high speed, always on, and don't want anyone interfering with our data").
I also like some of Chris stance about it (extract from Bruno's note, thanks!):
I don't get my best ideas sitting in front of my computer, I get them when I'm out and about. If I have a mobile connection, I can action them immediately. That's where mobile is really useful.
Mobile is social. Many people have tried to push the mobile stuff using the "when I'm waiting for a bus" scenario (mobile applications and content as interstitials in daily life), but mobile is social, and what's interesting is to take the Internet and make it social."
Why do I blog this? I like those points Chris highlighted and which are not so often raised while reading the tremendous body of stuff concerning the so-called mobile internet.