All the pals you need in your pocket
Being an industrial designer I have a special attachment with objects, and how they influence and change our daily activities. In this research I will make an analysis from the semiotics approach to the mobiles. Giving a little review through the story and evolution of this object as well as its impact in our lives. In order to understand essential meaning mobiles had nowadays I will interview people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. So tiny and so big at the same time
The main functionality of mobiles is to communicate like a conventional telephone but with the advantage that you could make calls wherever you are, even though sometimes it depends also on the company that provides the network. But where do they come from? Well the first network was created in Japan in 1974, by this year the first mobiles weigh more than half kilogram. The size and design was likely to a wireless conventional phone. And the only ones who can get a mobile where the business men, because they need to be in contact all the time to solve issues regarding industry. The only activities that can be done with these monochromatic mobiles where making phone calls, sending text messages, alarm clock, store like 30 contacts, maybe in some cases basic video games and calculator. Since then companies like Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson have started off what companies like Blackberry, Apple, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, HTC have continued and have been always competing between them to create a better, faster and prettier product, to catch the attention of the consumer, and increase their sales. With technology changing and evolving so fast, the mobile industry in 2012 sold more than 1,370 millions of units. This new interactive technology has helped the companies to create a more humanistic, engagement and real experience for the users. To do this, companies are making an amazing job trying to understand the needs of the user. So what are the user’s needs? As a Human race, we are born inside of a family, we grow up inside of a society, we are never alone, and we are by nature a social being. Therefore one of the most basic needs we have is being in contact with our love ones. In 1974 when the first mobiles were launched to the market, the only ones apparently with the need of communicate were the business man and it was related with business, but during the next years with the expansion of internet, the communication and the data sharing became essential into everyone’s life. From the student that needs to send homework by e-mail or be aware of the next party, the athlete that needs to track their own achievements, the explorer that needs to record, in images or video, their adventures and even figure out how to get to a new place, the traveler that likes to enjoy their favorite music during long hours, for all those who have friends, family, acquaintances, and the acquaintances of the acquaintances. During this process of learning how to please the user, the mobile had a huge transformation to become what we know now as a mobile. Now they are divided into two different categories, smartphones and dumbphones. The dumbphones are the ones which still use a similar interface as some years ago, with more basic functions, but as strong and indestructible as they were with a battery that can last from 4 to 7 days, also they are much more cheaper, so if you lose it or it is stolen they are very easy to replace by another mobile of the same kind. This is the totally opposite scenario with a smartphone, where features became esscencial and key at the moment of buying a new mobile. Features like applications, a camera of from 5 to 12 mpx with flash and zoom, a storage from 16 to 32 Gb, a faster processor, touch screen, being in contact and aware of everyone life activities wherever you are with the social networks like twitter and facebook, a customizable appearance from the inside out, Bluetooth to connect not only with...
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