Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Innovations in communication technology

Since the beginning of the year, there have been three innovations in mobile phones that my IT students have been interested in: Samsung Galaxy S4, Polytron Technologies transparent mobile phone, and BlackBerry Z10.

The website of The Guardian has short videos of each innovation.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 video is 02:28 long, and lists the features that are innovative: eye-tracking technology, 5-inch full HD AMOLED screen, 13-megapixel rear camera and the latest Android operating system.

The innovations of the transparent mobile phone include images on both sides of phone, conductive glass, 4.3-inch screen, and that it’s 25% lighter than iPhone 5. The time of the video is only 00:53.

The video of the BlackBerry Z10, presented by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor of The Guardian, is the longest at 06:03, but also includes questions about how competitive this innovation will be on the market, concluding that it’s more likely to be successful for corporations rather than private consumers.

Which innovations and features did my students find most interesting?

The video of the transparent mobile phone generated the liveliest reaction from my students. Some said it seemed unbelievable, and would need more input before they could understand how it worked. This inspired some of them to search for more information to present the following lesson.

For BlackBerry Z10 they felt that the most interesting feature was the separation of private and work areas, but added that Android was planning to add this to.

They were not very impressed with the Samsung S4, saying it was too much like the S3 (which some of them have). They felt that the new features were interesting, but not really necessary. But students who do not have the S3 model said they would definitely be interested in this new model.

The information about these innovations in mobile phone technology is useful for IT students, as well as students of business and marketing. But since so many of our students have mobile phones, this topic could result in an interesting discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each model, as well as speculation about innovations of the future.

The videos themselves are short process descriptions, and focus on innovation, marketing, and comparison of features of mobile phones.

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