Mobile Computing: How Mobile Devices are Changing the Classic Computing Paradigm

Contributed by John M. Whitenton This paper will illustrate how mobile computers and technology is changing and evolving. Slowly the classic computing paradigm of a main unit for processing, a keyboard and mouse for input, and monitor for output is changing. This is a change that faces many hurdles but is an inevitable part of evolution. Mobile computing faces both technological obstacles and consumer acceptance obstacles. I will demonstrate several ways that the technological hurdles are being confronted, including the Future Internet Architecture Program, mobile cloud computing, CogMAC, femtocells, battery alternatives, and carbon based nanotubes. I will then present current technologies that may someday replace modern computers such as new output interfaces and wearable computers, presenting one wearable computer in development, Google Glass, and one that is now in production, the Pebble. Even wearable computers depend on consumer acceptance to be successful. I present the Microsoft Surface RT tablet as an example of a product that has not gained consumer acceptance. Finally, I illustrate how volatile the industry is and how successful a product can be by looking at the iPhone quarterly sales.

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