iPhone — a good step towards Folk Computing

The talk of iPhone has dominated (technical) news media for some time. I was always fascinated by it because of my interest in folk computing (this is what I wrote more than 4 years ago) and my belief that folk computing will be brought to life by experiential interfaces on phones.

Finally, thanks to Michael Parelh, I got a chance to play with his iPhone. I was so excited by it that I went to the Apple store in Fashion Island and played with it more in the evening. Amazing what they have designed. Impressive and fascinating. For the first time I, who have been thinking and writing about experiential computing, saw how effective experiential computing really could be.

Of course to realize folk computing, this is one solid step in the direction of climbing a mountain. But it really is a solid step that gives me confidence that computing that could be used by Billions of people is going be here in a few years. And it will not happen by the talk of bringing sub $100 computer to children of developing world, but it will happen due to innovative ideas like iPhone.

PS: Suzi (my daughter) and Adolfo (my son-in-law) wanted to buy me iPhone on the first day it came out but I decided to get it closer to Xmas after the bugs are all taken care of. Now I am wondering whether that was a right decision. I guess it was.

8 thoughts on “iPhone — a good step towards Folk Computing

  1. Matt

    The iPhone is a unique, well-designed piece of technology. Like many of Apple’s products, it has the potential to reshape an industry. Like you said, hopefully it will help build this folk computing. Providing computers and especially internet access to developing countries would provide a huge economic benefit. Also, can you adopt me, so I can get an IPhone at Xmas:).

  2. paul

    Regardless of what naysayers have to say about the iPhone, I think it is brilliant. Apple has brought a “folk computing device,” as you say, in its first iteration. Sure, they will have some great advances on the new technology. But, my word, how this will change the landscape of these devices. A little while ago, I posted about the FIC Neo 1973, which is an open source version of the iPhone. It is network independent in the sense of phone service. Now, I think that is taking this idea a step further. If that catches on, it could really change the face of communications. good post. btw, i think you made a good decision to wait on buying.

  3. Edmund

    I like iPhone on the whole. However, the package prcing with AT&T is not very fantastic especially with AT&T’s unreliable service. Already I’ve been receiving complaints.

    We’re kind of lucky as my friends in Asia have to wait till 1st Quarter of 2008 in order to get their phones on iPhone. 😉

  4. Web Design Ireland

    I know I read somewhere that I phone has few security flows and hackers can take control over the device. I’ll wait till all the rumors are gone and then I might use one, I heard it’s cool. Thanks

  5. BiaWebDesign

    Yes it’s true they had some flows, but as I know they fixed all software bugs and it’s secured now. Anyway as I know no thechi device that can go to internet is 100% secured

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