Adaptive IT
How the memorystick passes all borders

Adaptive context for Wireless Informatics

Practical experiences of system integrators have shown that adaptive interfaces will never offer a simple HMI/USI solution for the alignment problem between man and technological device. For example, in its Adaptive IT®-program Capgemini incorporates the technological innovation in close connection with changes in the business concerned. Adaptive IT in the meaning of creating a framework for the mutual and adaptive coordination of IT developments using adaptive architecture is a first step. The next step is that must be clear (and indisputable) in advance who the actual user is and what his/her user expectations are. Otherwise, chances are that conflicting needs and conflicts arise which will be settled hierarchically. Furthermore, in a working environment there must be respect and understanding for each other, in particular for what the actual end user feels a need in relation to the user interface.
In view of the previous part the construction of an adaptive interface is not an unusual or technical unfeasible functionality for speech, text or image. At the most it may be a lack of clarity or hidden question whether the 'intelligence' for personification and group relationships should be located in the machine or network, or in the wireless interface. Then what is the barrier to just realise it? Do the operators wait to adjust the network until suitable devices are brought on the market, or do manufactures wait to build the devices until the network has been adapted? Or do people still work too much from traditional paradigms?

Summarising it may be said that the almost ideal user interface with a wireless internet and/or telephone device (with or without camera) apparently does not exist, but that on the other hand there is no lack of studies into the best human-machine interface for wireless telephones. Furthermore, it turns out that repeatedly research has been carried out into the many research methods for designing HCIs for wireless communication devices. Many studies have been carried out; there is sufficient knowledge. None of the evaluations show that there is a considerable impediment of such a nature that group communication or wireless Internet cannot be facilitated. The focus of most research mainly lies on the ambiance and adaptiveness with regard to a traditional singlemode human machine interface. Hardly any studies have been carried out into multimode interfaces.
As always, disruptive use of technology brings adaptive solutions. The memorystick, started as handy solution for changing (and extending) memory capability for digital camera's, was quickly also used by Sony for interchanging between digital camera and laptop. Soon after this step, the memory was used for audioplayers. In the following next months, the USB connector was used and in a rush the memory stick was the universal follow-up of the floppydisk. Now it is a handy universal and adaptive solution to interchange all kinds of files, passing most of all firewalls AND propriety protocols.


SWISSMEMORY® USB Storage in a Swiss Pocket Knife
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