I am amazed every day by the technology around us. My favorite way of expressing this is the phrase, “We live in the future”. If you think about it for a moment, a simple thing like texting is mind-blowing: You can have a conversation with someone, any distance away, without actually saying a word. That’s a trip!
So, we have access to all of these new ways of the engaging our ingenuity and creativity. The smartphone might be the ultimate tool for this. Apparently “they” did a survey that asked teenagers if they would rather give up their sense of smell or their smartphone. The smartphone prevailed overwhelmingly. Why?
Like the Hubble telescope, which essentially extends our sense of sight so we can actually see the universe, a smartphone easily allows us to extend and expand at least two of the senses – hearing and seeing – in ways that we can control with a little configuration or code.
One of the simplest examples of this is SoundCloud. It is a free service that allows you to share the music your create…And with their smartphone app you can record it and share it immediately.
Take it a little further and you are using the phone to create experiences that did not exist before. A few months ago I had the chance to add augmented reality to a comic by Champoy Hate and create a layer that was only visible from a smartphone. I used Layar. It is a way to augment print with digital content and has a simple application interface. I was about to animate and loop images to create the effect, which would have been much harder. The video (warning: on the edge of NSFW) is available here.
The next step: It becomes another medium. I have a friend in New York using the iPhone to generate a series of photos using the zoom and edit features on the phone. Musicians are using the sound making apps on their albums to add instruments and sounds we haven’t heard before.
The artists I know are excited about the possibilities, and the technologists I know are as well. The possibilities for a productive convergence of these disciplines on this platform seems inevitable because it is the most personal sort of personal computer. It is always with you, it is almost always physically close to you…it just seems natural to use it like the senses we came with naturally.
How are you going to conquer the creative world on mobile?
Composed on my Samsung Galaxy.