Since Motorola released the first cell phone in the early 1980’s, mobile users, researchers, marketers, advertisers and visionaries extolled the value of mobility in a wireless world.
Mobile user location and distance to other users vanished. More important, psychological distance between users became perceptual—only two inches. “Long distance” morphed to no distance.
Mobile phones and mobile devices un-tethered us from wires and cables. The tin can and string became a fable. Over four billion people on Earth connected 24/7, talking while walking, surrounded by a wireless umbrella. Humans joined a global communications web.
Feature phones and smart-phones added data to voice. The mobile Internet emerged. Information, once hidden to billions, became accessible. A world that never existed to many magically appeared on tiny screens—text, pictures, graphics.
For some, their mobile phones spewed forth music from lands once distant, now local. Camera phones extended vision. GPS and location-based tools re-oriented the carbon footprint, other humans a moving dot on a luminescent screen.
Mobility ceased to exist in a world where everyone was connected. Home, like work, like the park, like the street merged. Carbon footprints moved but mobile users’ minds were static. Like the TV series “Lost,” the island vanished and the ocean’s horizon disappeared.
A world where voice and data are one and new, personalized mobile devices extend learning, enhance commerce, entertain.
The island stays hidden but the horizon reappears.