The world in my phone

HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note -

I re­mem­ber dur­ing one of the In­tel De­vel­oper Fo­rums (when In­tel still held the an­nual event), on the topic of mo­bile chip de­vel­op­ment (in the early days of the Atom plat­form) - yes, that far back, so I shouldn’t need to even men­tion a year - I was lis­ten­ing to Mooly Eden, In­tel Is­rael’s chief at the time, and he was ex­plain­ing how per­sonal his mo­bile phone had be­come to him. More so than a PC or a lap­top, the mo­bile phone was an ex­ten­sion of one’s self.

At the time, he was merely talk­ing about cus­tomiza­tion. Skins, cases, the apps we use and how we ar­range them, etc.

It would end up be­ing so much more as the smart­phone to­day is our en­tire life. You can get by bor­row­ing money from friends if you for­get your wal­let, but for­get­ting your phone is a black hole you can­not ll in your life. At least, that’s how it is for me.

In this is­sue, we ex­plore the cam­era as­pect of the smart­phone, and how in the span of around two short years, has be­come the driv­ing force of smart­phone in­no­va­tion and de­sign.

Ev­ery­thing that hap­pens to­day re­volves around the smart­phone cam­era and its grow­ing fam­ily of sen­sors. It pow­ers our so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, it pow­ers our com­mu­ni­ca­tions, it pow­ers se­cu­rity, cre­ativ­ity, en­ter­tain­ment and gam­ing. The smart­phone cam­era is our very rst bionic eye, en­abling us to ‘see’ into the worlds of virual and aug­mented re­al­ity.

What else would they think of next? Zachary Chan Edi­tor

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