Sitting in London a couple of weeks ago, I came across a funny section of a menu. I wanted my kids, who were at home with their grandparents, to see it. I snapped the picture with my phone, and sent it to my home printer, where a nice color image printed out for all to see. It occurred to me that printing from across the Atlantic was something new, another great function for the device I wear on my belt nearly constantly.

We can use our phones now to create wireless hotspots, scan bar codes for bargains, track energy expenditures with companion devices like FitBit or shoe implants, and so much more.

The following video goes quickly because it’s the best summation of the current state of mobile computing I’ve seen. While the focus is putatively on marketing, it’s about much more. The fact that more people use mobile devices than are using toothbrushes gives you a flavor.

Happy Friday!

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


11 Thoughts on "More On the Power of Mobile — Trends, Functionality, and Adoption All Point to Dominance"

Oh, mama, to be stuck inside of Mobil with the orthographical blues …

Thanks. A quick post, and I had a typo in the headline — “Mobil” instead of “Mobile.” Drat!

Gee. I thought you were going to be extolling the virtues or vices of Exxon Mobil. I’m disappointed.

Oh Kent. Haven’t we discussed this already?

Wearing my cell phone:

I can understand if you’re wearing a tool belt or a “Bat belt”, but in a normal, civilian context it doesn’t look too good. It’s about as cool as wearing a canteen or a screwdriver. It looks like you should have a patch on your shirt with your name on it.

Glasses? (LaFont, by the way Do my glasses present an image like your utility belt, that I am here to either repair the air conditioning or to compete in the Mathlympics?

Where would you propose I wear them as an alternative? If I keep them in a pocket next to me cel phone, I’m likely to bump into things and will be unable to read your response.

Not to continue to beat a dead copyeditor, but you repeat the same type of “Mobil” for “Mobile” in your final paragraph above the embedded video.

Our ancestors would be simply flabbergasted to see the technology we enjoy today.

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