–Engage

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

iPod Touch & iPhone (Nokia N95 & Motorola QM9) = Infotainicator

Having looked in my hobbying mostly at this classification of ulitility experience in the living room, it seems it has arrived even better in the mobile space.

What class is that? Infotainicator
INFOrmation
EnterTAINment
CommunICATOR

I think the Media Center as an attempt to do this in the living room is a huge failure because it never REALLY addresses the change in interaction criterior and thus create a new interaction design experience within the space. They basically glommed on TV functionality and said … Go!

Devices like TiVo, Slimbox, and AppleTv make similar mistakes in that realm.

But in mobile there are companies like Apple, Nokia and Motorola that are taking real steps towards making these all-in-one devices really work for their multi-ple intended purposes and in the right contexts in which they will be used.

Obviously, the iPhone is a clear champion in this regard because it is the most revolutionized in that the entire system blows up the very models of all of these previous formats. There are very few previous patterns used that have not been completely rethought to address the needs of mobile. There is very little “glomming” here.

The iPod touch also takes on this space in a similar way.

If you look at Barbara Ballard’s recent piece on Posture and mobile devices you’ll see a really big reason why iPhone/Touch succeed where others like the HTC Touch and Motorola and Nokia are still far behind.

If you don’t actively address the posture context of mobile devices and you don’t design from the ground up thinking about the interruptions that exist in mobile use, then you are missing major components of the user experience design of mobile device application eco-systems.

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