Sunday, December 14, 2003

Inch scale vs. Foot scale

This gizmodo article points to two pieces arguing that since new smartphones have so much functionality, they may replace laptops. This is wrong. Post-It notes have as much functionality as legal pads, and yet we don't see one replacing the other. People want to do some tasks at the "inch-scale" and others at the "foot-scale" and that's all there is too it. Mark Weiser, and other people in the ubiquitous computing arena, have understood this since Parc. It's as true today.

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