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Session

Ambient Storytelling: Social Communication Through Handset Presence

Jyri Engestrom, Co-founder, Jaiku

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Location: Salon ABCDE

The primary use of mobile phones is changing from calls to presence, and from connecting couples to connecting groups of friends. From the start, phones have been a point-to-point communication method: pick up the receiver, dial a number, hope for an answer. Pervasive internet connectivity changes that. What we get is a handset that’s used increasingly less for calling and more for sharing what you’re doing, where you’re going, who you’re with, the photo you just took. These mobile ‘pico-updates’ spark ad-hoc messaging – less one-on-one and more many-to-many. Jyri Engeström will introduce Jaiku, a service and mobile application that is positioned to catch this new wave of wireless messaging.