Kristina Höök comments in the newspaper Sydsvenskan, about the well being apps that are becoming popular on the market.
The article is in Swedish.
Internet of Things, IoT, är ett av de 10 hetaste teknikområdena under 2012 enligt analysföretaget Gartner. Nu genomförs den första stora svenska heldagskonferensen om ”Sakernas Internet” i Kista den 9 februari. Konferensen är redan fullsatt med över 500 anmälda. Det handlar om en kraftsamling med företrädare för både forskning och näringsliv för att etablera Sverige som föregångsland inom det nya området.Download file...
Two years ago, the Mobile Life Centre opened its doors in Kista. At the time, we talked about a coming second IT revolution, made possible by a new generation of mobile services and ubiquitous technology. The first IT-revolution, the introduction and deployment of the internet and the World Wide Web during the 1990’s, had a major impact on all parts of our society. We postulated that as mobile, ubiquitous technology was becoming widespread, the design and evaluation of mobile services – i.e. information technology that can be accessed and used in virtually any setting – should represent a vital area for every aspect of the IT- and telecom industry. We wanted to help the industry to design services for the sustainable web of work, leisure and ubiquitous technology we call the mobile life. Today, the landscape is already vastly different. For instance, when we wrote the first research plan for Mobile Life, neither Google nor Apple were in the mobile phone business. We have also seen the marketplace become more dominated by high-end phones and advanced user interfaces such as touch-screens. But two other recent developments may well have more importance for the long-term development of mobile services. First, the increased availability of flat-rate data plans will lead to users adopting mobile services much like they have already got used to having the stationary internet as an essential part of their lives. Second, the new openness for external application development, exemplified both by successful applications stores and the open-sourcing of several major operating systems, means that there is potential for a slew of new and innovative mobile services to appear. In fact, many of the applications that have recently been launched by start-ups are very similar to projects we were working on at the start of the Centre – location-based, social, high-bandwidth, media-rich and user-friendly mobile services available at the click of a button (or touch of a screen!) This does not mean our work is done – it has only started! Most of the new services we have seen so far are technically innovative, but designed based on stationary computing as the dominating interaction paradigm. In a truly mobile life, we not only need access to people and activities in other locations – we must also always consider the things at hand. We believe that next generation of mobile services should provide better means for exploring and engaging with unplanned activities, unfamiliar places, and brief encounters – in other words the world as it is right here and right now. As work, leisure and social activities blend together, this shift to services that provide both global and local access become important both to support work-oriented tasks and to emerging leisure-oriented activities. This requires a new approach to how mobile services are designed and evaluated – not remote and disconnected, but right here, right now. As you will see at this Open House, The Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre has, together with our partners, already become a hotbed for research and development of this next generation of mobile services. Welcome to the mobile revolution!
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Mobile Life VINN Excellence centre at Stockholm University
Partners: SICS and KTH, Ericsson, Microsoft Research, Nokia, TeliaSonera, IKEA, ABB, Movinto Fun, Company P, City of Stockholm, Kista Science City, STING