Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Technology Adventurer - Indiana Jones for the future

As I was reading through my feeds tonight I came across an article that shouted at me to give it a read - "Designing mobiles for the world" from the BBC News website. The article is about Jan Chipchase who is a principal researcher at Nokia Design (the good folks that design communication mobility).

Nokia has sent this "Techno Indiana Jones" to 15 countries in the last 12 months to study human behaviour.....particularly how people interact with their mobile phones. This research has lead to a greater understanding of the relationship we have between our mobile phones. Whether you are in the Sahara desert, on the ice fields in the Rocky Mountains or Zorbing down the hills in Rotorua New Zealand....they will be exploring your communication habits and looking at how you use, store, carry, and interact with your mobile phone.

Jan Chip's blog Future Perfect is not a story about a company called Nokia, but rather a journey of how people live and communicate from the corners of the world. What an amazing job....exploration, technology and human interaction all in one package!

A research document called " Where's the phone? A study of mobile phone location in public spaces" was written by J. Chipchase and two other Nokia researchers that reveals some interesting gender and cultural trends.

It is somehow reassuring to know that leading technology companies still believe that human face-to-face interaction is a great way to help evolve technology....even if it is to make a better or new product.

Even though I am a technologist and dare I say "geek", making human connections is still more important to me than network connections. Could technology be as exciting as it is without the human aspect? I hope humans will never stop needing human contact....good or bad. After all isn't that what makes us human?


Check out Chipchases' blog and some of his articles. Great discussion for psychology classes, business and economics, technology and social sciences.

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