In my last several talks on Mobile Usability, I’ve often referred to the Mobile Smartphone Era as the Cambrian Period of modern days. I ask students in my tutorial if they are aware of the Cambrian and what happened. Most of them don’t know. But if I asked the question, “Did you go fossil hunting when you were a kid?” I’m sure that many would have a different answer.
What occurred during the Cambrian Period was an explosion of life. Why? Because the conditions were perfect.
The Proliferation of Life in the Mobile Smartphone Era
Going back to Mobile Smartphones, what conditions have led to the proliferation of life (“proliferation of life” includes
iOT and wearables, as basically all these devices are either integrated or dependent on a mobile phone in some way to view status and data) in the Mobile Smartphone Era?
- Cloud – Grid computing, the precursor to the Cloud, has proliferated.
- Storage – Has become cheaper by the day. (Remember when a 2Gig hard drive was a big deal?)
- Network speeds – 2G was obviously too slow to transmit and communicate without extreme patience. But today with 4G and the forthcoming 5G standards, our thirst for bandwidth will never stop.
- Processing power – We now carry a supercomputer in our pockets, and servers in the cloud are more powerful than ever at storing and processing all the data we are collecting.
- Sensors – We are being watched everywhere we go. And it’s not only that everything is collecting data. The next revolution will be monetizing and analyzing.