What is mobile computing exactly? Is it something that you can take with you anywhere you go? Is it always on and always connected? Does the screen have to be multi-touch for it to be considered mobile computing? All of these things are ways to describe mobile computing. In class on 4/18/2013, we had a guest speaker named Brandon. Brandon asked us the question what is mobile computing and these were some of the answers we gave him. Brandon went on to say that there really not an answer to that question. We discussed many different things with Brandon dealing with Technology. The discussion always blends with our Emerging Trends in Technology class because Brandon is the Institutional Technology Specialist for Pellissippi and he has to stay up to date on these things.
According to Brandon, 40% of American teenagers own an IPhone and 33% of them own an IPad. This is kind of crazy considering I am 23 and do not own an IPad. By 2015, more Americans will access the Internet through their phones rather than desktops. I can agree with this statement because if I have the choice between my phone and my computer, I would rather grab my phone because it is faster. Do you remember when the first smart phones came out? In 2007, the first group of non-nerdy consumers got excited about smartphones and bought the first IPhone. Since then, smartphones have caught on and everybody wants one. The technology in our phones have also gotten a lot better as well. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has a feature that follows your eyes. If you are not looking at the screen during a video, the video will quit playing. As soon as your eyes meet the screen again, the video will start to play again. Another new technology that is coming out is the Leap Motion. The little $75 box will make any computer touch screen. The box creates a 3X3 invisible box in front of your desktop screen that will allow you to control your desktop as if it were touchscreen. Some new applications that Brandon showed to us include: Daedalus, MyScript Calculator, and Word Lens. All of these applications are state of the art. Daedalus is a writing application for taking notes and keeping up with all of your documents and notes in one place. The MyScript Calculator is a new calculator application that can do complex math problems like algebra. The calculator application also allows you to write the math problem on the screen and it will calculate it for you. Word Lens, which is pretty amazing, is an application that you use while out of the country. This application will read a foreign language and translate it to your language so you will be able to read it. One of the final things we discussed was Responsive Web Design. This is where a website can be written to be viewed on a desktop, tablet, and a phone without writing a seperate website code for each. Do you think you can keep up with all the trends in technology? I for one know that I can not as I just bought an IPhone and I do not own an IPad or a tablet? Do you like the direction that technology is heading? Such as the Galazy S4 and Google Glass?