Mobile phone anthropology

Photo credit: Shaul Schwarz/Reportage, for The New York Times

Does observing the behaviour of people using mobile phone influence how they are made? Jan Chipchase wants that answer to be yes.

Read this fascinating article (don’t forget to look at the photos) published in New Scientist on how Jan’s travels and research are influencing the design of handsets and software features in them, such as seperate address books on the same phone (useful when many members of a family share the same device).

Also read his blog here, though on my Mac all the text is crossed out.

Readers interested in Jan’s work may also recall a more engaging story on him and his work in the NY Times in April this year titled Can the Cellphone help end Global Poverty?

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