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The Mobile Frontier by Rachel Hinman

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CHAPTER 9

New Mobile Forms

Pioneering the Mobile Frontier

The Shifting Boundary Between Computers and the Human Body

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The Shifting Boundary Between Computers and the Environment

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Mobiles and Emerging Markets

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Pioneering the Mobile Frontier

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In 1991, PARC scientist and grandfather of ubiquitous computing, Mark Weiser published a seminal article in Scientific American entitled, “The Computer for the 21st Century.” In the article, Weiser predicted a future where computing would occur on three scales: the inch-scale ParcTab, the foot-scale ParcPad, and the yard-scale Liveboard. Today, some 20 years later, that vision has become a reality with the mobile phone as the handheld inch-scale computing device, the foot-scale ParcPad ...

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