Archive for March, 2008

The Law of Mobility for flying cars

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Oliver Starr pointed me to this video of a flying car concept. Catch the closing sentence: “Unrestricted mobility means limitless utility.” Sure sounds like the Law of Mobility: The value of any product increases with its mobility!

Thanks Oliver!

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Now playing: Edwyn Collins – Home Again

Indicators: Week of 3/16/08

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Don Chaffer and Dereck Webb – Overwrought

Capturing the Power: Week of 3/16/08

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Mobility is a wonderful thing. As mobility gets built into all products and services, businesses need to learn how to both capture the power of mobility and manage the dangers introduced through mobility. Here are some examples of how the power of mobility is being applied to create competitive advantage:

Complete list here

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Now playing: Mark Heard – Back Streets

Managing the Danger: Week of 3/16/08

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Bonus: Wireless Week identifies the “seven deadly sins” enterprises commit in launching a wireless strategy

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Edwyn Collins – Then I Cried

Converged Products: Week of 3/16/08

Monday, March 17th, 2008

The most convenient way that mobility is getting built into products is through the convergence into the cellphone of capabilities that previously existed as standalone products. That way, those products are now with you and available for your use whenever you need them wherever you go.

Complete list here.

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Now playing: Christena Graves – He Will Not Rest

Enabling Technology: Week of 3/9/8

Friday, March 14th, 2008

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Mark Heard – Mystery Mind

Indicators: Week of 3/9/8

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

Managing the Danger: Week of 3/9/8

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Jill Phillips – Wrecking Ball

Converged Products: Week of 3/9/8

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The most convenient way that mobility is getting built into products is through the convergence into the cellphone of capabilities that previously existed as standalone products. That way, those products are now with you and available for your use whenever you need them wherever you go.

Complete list here.

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Now playing: Phil Keaggy – Early One Day

I stand corrected

Friday, March 7th, 2008

A week ago I participated in a panel at Wharton.? On Monday I told you about it.? Late this week Knowledge@Wharton published an article about the panel.? I have to admit that the journalist remembered better than I did what I said.

On Monday I told you that there are “three factors that inhibit the adoption of great new mobile applications today: 1) Fear of billing surprises (‘If I click on this, will I be charged something extra?’) 2) Discoverability (‘How do I find great new mobile applications anyway, and how do I install them on my phone?’) 3) User interface (‘How do you build a great new mobile application with this tiny screen and challenged keyboard?’). ”

The Knowledge@Wharton article paraphrased me as listing the three factors as:

“The first is that cell phone users are afraid of running up a huge bill if they try a new feature.”

“The second issue is what McGuire called discoverability.”

“Third, he warned that when new technologies come along, the industry typically tries to use them in old ways rather than adapting them specifically for the mobile platform. ‘There are things that are inherently different about mobility,’ said McGuire. He held up his own wireless device and said, ‘This is me. It’s not my company. It’s not my home. It’s not my location. Those aspects of mobility are now just beginning to show up in applications.'”

He’s right.? I’m wrong.? That’s what I said (and of course I fully agree with it).

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Now playing: Phil Keaggy – Trailwalker