Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Evolution Explaination

The past three iPod evolutionary posts are all meant to be read and seen. That may seem surprising as the first two are identical and both share the same obvious and almost inexcusable grammatical mistakes. The reason for keeping (and wanting) those two posts on here is that it is the way that they were created that makes them important. If you read the posts (I like you a little bit more than others), you'll know that the posts were made after the acquisition of the new uber-ipod (in my opinion), the iPod Touch. One of the most incredible points of the Touch is its web capabilities; they are truly exceptional. This brings thoughts of how the same product can be achieved in many different capacities. The product for this example is the internet, and the achievement capacities are mobile web devices, including the Touch. For most people who use the internet, it is experienced through a computer, the internet was designed to be compatible with computers, exclusively. Because of this, the internet has become dependant on a certain amount of visual space to accommodate its content. Web design has a very large demand just because of the possibilities of visual content and web page aesthetic. With most computer screens ranging in size from 12 to 17 inches, when a web page designed for a screen that large is translated to one that is only an inch or so in size, there have to be modifications to how content is organized, displayed, and accessed. This is a great example of how particles in an established system can be forced to establish themselves in a new environment. The force that causes the movement and modulation does not have to be more that something (anything, internal or outside) wanting the change to happen. Of course with this change in available viewing size, the format of mobile internet had to undergo many redesigns. For some mobile internet capable devices (mostly phones), the same content available to any internet user was available to them, however the aesthetic presentation was different, often unrecognizable to the computer oriented versions. This is a forced particle removable and adaptation.

Another large problem for mobile web devices is the lack of one major and vital piece of computer hardware; a mouse. The internet is built with the idea that whatever you want to do is available for you to find out and explore. That means that a large amount of selecting is going to have to happen to end up in the right place on the web. With a mouse, a user is allowed to click on and view exactly what they want (want meaning simply what they wanted to click on, not necessarily the exact information that they wanted) without having to explore all of the possible options from their current page. It still seems that there is going to be two different versions of the internet though, one for standard computer users, and another for mobile users. Lots of companies and webmasters are realizing this, and are constructing mobile versions of their websites. Watching Bravo, many commercials can be seen directing mobile internet users to their web address, instead of the alternative (and "standard") web address. While using the iPod Touch and iPhone, any webpage that someone has gone to on a computer will have the exact same appearance on these mobile devices, no website needs a mobile version (even though it would still be helpful). This is not simply because Apple has developed an interface that no other mobile company was able to figure out, but because the reason for the initial difference in web surfing was again modified. The screens of the iPod Touch and iPhone are the most impressive part of their (physical) construction. The screens are large enough for a web page to be compressed (and still recognizable and usable) without any modification from the standard web coding for full size machines. Instead of having particles introduced to a new system that required change, we have particle rearrangement to form the same formation that they had before there was a need for it, particle placement prediction. The need for a mouse is gone as well, just as the mouse is used to select only the links that user wants, your finger can now select only the information and links that you want as well.

Imagine if these particles (the shapes, colors, text, and images that compose web pages) could be seen in motion while rearranging through the different possible applications and formats with actual physical representation, what that would look like? A visual display of color and texture that has a potentially totally abstract formation and no predictable path. That would create some of the most astounding visuals imaginable. Imagine everything with a possibility for visual representation in some form

Although it is very easy to browse the internet through the iPod Touch and iPhone, there still are some difficulties (for me) with trying to do some activities. One of these activities is typing, it is not that it is not possible, but not accurate at all (for me, since the interface is still extremely new to me). You know this, as the first two incomplete evolution posts were done on the iPod Touch. They are examples of an initial switch in how particles can operate similarly yet now completely accurately in a new behavioral system

1 comment:

kym said...

the Ipod has evolved so much since its first release into society, i wonder what the next incarnation will be...
excellent posts; they've really gotten me to think about technology in new and exciting ways.