Calling Gordon Gekko – The Constant Evolution of the Mobile Form Factor

When mobile devices first emerged in the mid to late-20th century with portable computers and phones, they often weighed between 25-65 lbs. and went largely unused by consumers.  

 

It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s and early 90’s that we began seeing these devices “shrink” to 12 lbs. and evolve beyond the “brick” form factor; at that time portable computers and phones began gaining mainstream popularity. Many of us hold memories of these devices which became popularized by their use in films such like the 1987 hit Wall Street starring Michael Douglas as the now infamous Gordon Gekko.

 

Innovation in design has evolved drastically since these first mobile devices took hold.  In a short amount of time, they have become smaller, sleeker, more mobile, and drastically more powerful; eventually becoming what we see today.

 

But what’s next?  Despite the progress we’ve made over the years, Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3, and JJ Aguhob, Co-Founder of Viddy, argue that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg in the mobile form factor revolution. The two reflect on what the phone may be in 20-30 years, what may come after the phone and how we will reflect on the amount of innovation that is coming our way.

Check out the 60 Second Insights videos featuring Jim and JJ to learn more about what these thought leaders believe is on the horizon for mobility and form factor.

What do you think?  Will phones and all of these devices go away?  Will they become something entirely unimagined?

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