If your daily commute is filled with “walkie-talkies,” you’re not alone. According to the International Telecommunication Union, there were 6 billion mobile subscribers at the close of 2011. That amounts to a whopping 87 percent of the world population and marks a significant increase from 5.4 billion in 2010 and 4.7 in 2009.
Human beings crave convenience and our inclination seems to expand with every new device. What begins as a luxury item quickly becomes a necessity. And to think there was a time when “great distance” equated to a portage of animal furs from Montreal to Green Bay by canoe. Nowadays, we drive to shopping malls to take a walk.
“Mobile devices are like any other gadgets. They create dependency,” says Cookeyah’s chief software designer, Nicholas Yachtiovich.
Self-reliance does seem to be an endangered concept in the face of so much convenience and according to Nick, “There is no turning back.”
In less than 20 years, we’ve witnessed the tossing of file cabinets into the dustbin of history. A study in the journal, Science, calculated that in 2007 the amount of data stored in 60 different technologies had reached 295 exabytes or in lay man’s terms,
“If we were able to take all that information and store it in books, we could cover the entire area of the USA or China with 13 layers of books,” says Dr. Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California.
But convenient storage was only the beginning. The internet threw us into an entirely new dimension with instant information rivaling a library’s holdings not to mention online shopping which reached 150 billion dollars in the United States (2010) and according to Magenta Open eSource Commerce, the forecast is 250 billion by 2014.
There is no turning back indeed, but according to Nick, there will be some very familiar changes.
“Computers were initially used to play games,” he explains, “Before slowly transitioning into more useful applications in business and medicine.”
Mobile devices will apparently do the same as users shift from the thrill of new gadgetry into applications geared more towards the completion of daily tasks.
“New applications will be built that integrate well with mobile phones,” Nick says.
“….Practical applications like network monitoring to check the status of any home devices connected to a network like thermostats and perhaps, solar panel positioning.”
It’s for this very reason that Cookeyah was designed using a modular approach. The software’s functionality already includes storage of passwords and will soon provide the same for loyalty cards as well as secure online payment. A modular approach is likened to a train with boxcars not welded together. The different components can then be re-configured and/or upgraded.
“If we can think it,” Nick says, “We can make it happen.”
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