The open-access encyclopedia over at interaction-design.org has added a new chapter on the history of Mobile Computing.
Author Jesper Kjeldskov writes:
The uptake of mobile technology in our work and private spheres has had a huge impact on the way we perceive and use these technologies. They are no longer just computers on batteries. They have become functional design objects, the look, feel and experience of which we care deeply about, and that we juggle in multitude in our everyday lives.
This chapter includes sections on e.g. connectivity, convergence/divergence, digital ecosystems, and interaction design for mobile computers.
Read it for free here: http://www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/mobile_computing.html
HotMobile seeks proposals for posters and live demonstrations describing novel work on mobile systems, applications and services. The poster/demo session is meant to introduce new or ongoing work and provide opportunities for authors to interact directly with workshop attendees. Posters are well suited to controversial work that can generate discussion or promising new ideas which have not been thoroughly evaluated. Live demos provide an opportunity to demonstrate the feasibility and usefulness of your research.
Poster/demo submission: January 14, 2013.
Conference: The 14th Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (ACM HotMobile 2013). 26-27 February, 2013. Jekyll Island, GA, USA, http://www.hotmobile.org/2013/
Read full call: http://www.hotmobile.org/2013/
A new peer-reviewed journal for research on mobile media and communication. While focusing on social sciences and humanities, the journal is open to research with technical, economic, and design aspects.
To be published by Sage. Co-editors include Rich Ling, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mobile user experience has gained momentum as a significant area of research in recent years. This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area.
Chapter proposals due May 30, 2012. To be published by IGI Global
INTRODUCTION - Mobile user experience (UX) has gained momentum as a significant area of research in recent years. The emergences of mobile human-computer interaction (HCI) as a separate, unique field in HCI discipline with diverse academic activities and body of literature supports this idea. Although mobile devices allow users to stay connected anytime anywhere, diverse user groups still suffer from usability issues caused by the design of mobile interfaces and the limitations of mobile devices (Kaikkonen, 2009). Although the mobile HCI community is trying to create and adapt research methods, tools, and infrastructure for mobile-specific challenges and opportunities (Kjeldskov and Stage, 2004), there is still a limited number of studies on mobile UX, which addresses both researchers and professionals that work in the field of mobile HCI. Secondly, it is not so difficult to observe that the product managers in the sector of mobile communication often ignore usability issues and UX processes because of time and budget limitations. However, when it comes to delivering innovation on mobile devices, new philosophies, researches, and approaches should be taken into consideration.
OBJECTIVE - This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. By including cutting-edge empirical studies and live cases from the professional sector, it intends to prepare a reference book for the mobile human-computer interaction community that will reveal key mobile user experience issues with solid data and guidelines and will support innovative mobile UX design processes.
With its powerful advocacy of a “non-media-centric” approach, this book offers a new understanding of media uses as place-making practices in everyday living. Drawing primarily on phenomenological perspectives, Shaun Moores focuses on the ways in which people inhabit physical and media environments, and he explores the bodily and technologically mediated mobilities that are involved in this activity of dwelling. His discussion includes many specific examples of mobility, from the manipulation of remote-control devices to the movements of walking and driving in the city or of getting around in online social spaces.
Author: Shaun Moores, Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=389674
How do mobile devices affect the traditional forms of delivering news? Can the app economy be an alternative to selling content? Is there a new journalistic language and new journalistic genres for these devices? These are the three themes of this conference.
Abstracts due June 30, 2012. International Congress on Journalism and Mobile Devices, Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal), 15-16 November 2012.
See full call for papers: http://www.jdm.ubi.pt/index-en.php#CallForPapers
Technology is now common in all walks of life and HCI practitioners and researchers have more areas of impact than ever before. The theme of the conference is People and Computers, this to encapsulate and highlight the growing diversity of our field of HCI in one event.
The dates for submission for Short Papers, Work in Progress, Alt HCI and the Doctoral Consortium is June, 15, 2012. HCI 2012, Sep 12-14, 2012, Birmingham, UK.
View full call here: http://hci2012.bcs.org/calls.html
Relevant topics areas include but are by no means limited to:
On the development of location-aware technology within the context of other mobile and portable technologies such as the book, the Walkman, the iPod, the mobile phone, and how these technologies work as interfaces to public spaces.
Authors: Adriana de Souza e Silva & Jordan Frith, North Carolina State University
ABOUT - Mobile phones are no longer what they used to be. Not only can users connect to the Internet anywhere and anytime, they can also use their devices to map their precise geographic coordinates – and access location-specific information like restaurant reviews, historical information, and locations of other people nearby. The proliferation of location-aware mobile technologies calls for a new understanding of how we define public spaces, how we deal with locational privacy, and how networks of power are developed today.
In Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces, Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith examine these social and spatial changes by framing the development of location-aware technology within the context of other mobile and portable technologies such as the book, the Walkman, the iPod, and the mobile phone. These technologies work as interfaces to public spaces – that is, as symbolic systems that not only filter information but also reshape communication relationships and the environment in which social interaction takes place. Yet rather than detaching people from their surroundings, the authors suggest that location-aware technologies may ultimately strengthen our connections to locations.
Balancing philosophical reflection with empirical analysis, this book examines the specific contexts in which place and mobile technologies come into focus, intersect, and interact.
Find the book here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415889551/
Edited by Rowan Wilken (Swinburne University of Technology) and Gerard
Goggin (University of Sydney).
An international roster of contributors come together in this comprehensive volume to examine the complex interactions between mobile media technologies and issues of place. Balancing philosophical reflection with empirical analysis, this book examines the specific contexts in which place and mobile technologies come into focus, intersect, and interact. Given the far-reaching impact of contemporary mobile technology use – and given the lasting importance of the concept and experiences of place – this book will appeal to a wide range of scholars in media and cultural studies, sociology, and philosophy of technology.
This paper looks at the tandem technologies of cars and the Internet, and the new ways that they are assembling the social with the mobile Internet.
Author: Gerard Goggin, Department of Media and Communications, The University of Sydney, Australia
Article published in Future Internet 2012, 4, 306-321. Open access: http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/4/1/306
Abstract: This paper looks at the tandem technologies of cars and the Internet, and the new ways that they are assembling the social with the mobile Internet. My argument is two-fold: firstly, the advent of mobile Internet in cars brings together new, widely divergent trajectories of Internet; secondly, such developments have social implications that vary widely depending on whether or not we recognize the broader technological systems and infrastructures, media practices, flows, and mobilities in which vehicular mobile Internets are being created.
Keywords: mobile Internet; automobile; cars; Internet; mobile media; social transformations