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.