Mobile is About You (Insights…CES 2013 Wrap-Up)

It’s not the device that’s mobile, it’s you.


The Post-PC fallacy
As you and I become increasingly more mobile in our living, working, and learning, our computing simply must become more personal as it adapts to our transient nature.

If you have read this far, I hope that you realize that the claim of a Post-PC era is complete, ‘malarkey.’ The only thing that has changed is computing is no longer fixed to a physical location. Computing is now fixed to you and me. Perhaps we should call it “intimate computing” or “Me-ware.” Regardless of the naming, it is deeply personal computing.

Going Native
This generation of personal computing and personal devices presents some interesting opportunities to re-imagine everything. In our case, it is learning that needs fresh perspective. No more analog conversions to digital skeuomorphic representations of the physical world. It is time to go native.

Our learning experiences should be born authentically digital. Take full advantage of having a digital heritage. Experiences should be connected across a graph of people, apps, services, and data. Schools, teachers, and students should be able to appropriately and securely harness that data from the graph to foster academic and competency growth. Authentic digital experiences are able to do this by design.

Digital learning must be context-aware, not just on a mobile device. My location, my orientation to the earth, a building, a person, an event…should all feed dynamically into my experience. Think learning content as a second screen experience.

Expect More
The top chipmakers in the world have shown that while they have unique approaches, we should all expect more from our personal computing experience in 2013 and beyond. With all of the horsepower and potential they are producing, we still have to harness that power and unlock its authentically digital potential.

I am fully persuaded that Windows 8 is step one in unlocking that potential. Step two must be taken by all of the publishers, software developers, and content authors. Step three is you.

With all of this new capability headed your way this calendar year, what can you imagine doing differently to take full advantage?

Should you buy some devices now to build pilots and test new learning scenarios? Should you save the bulk-purchasing until fall 2013 when all of the next generation choices are available?

How do you tap into this new competitive marketplace for a more prescriptive approach to BYOD?

What should you be doing today before you buy anything?

There is a lot to consider in this new PC-era. Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.