4. paradigms

EXERCISE 4.7 [extra - not in book]

As we move into a highly mobile information environment, with network-enabled phones, should we expect new interaction paradigms to emerge?

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This is an interesting question, because on the one hand, constant connectivity is not something we expect today and it may very well change how we think about information on demand. Indeed, the increase in mobile telephony that marked the decade of the 1990s has changed our expectations for person-person communication. On the other hand, the interfaces on mobile phones are very reminiscent of computing in past decades, with textual based keyboard only interaction on small screens with low-quality resolution and color. We are seeing new modes of communication facilitated by old forms of interaction.

Other exercises in this chapter

ex.4.1 (open), ex.4.2 (tut), ex.4.3 (tut), ex.4.4 (tut), ex.4.5 (open), ex.4.6 (tut), ex.4.7 (tut)

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