Mobile Future

Not Your Father

As if you needed any evidence that it’s an exciting time to be in wireless:

The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that “cellular chips are being embedded in a variety of unlikely devices and machines, everything from dog collars and prescription pill cap systems to photo frames and smart meters.”  The article details how U.S. companies are rapidly developing products that take advantage of lower manufacturing and cellular connection fees.

At The Wall Street Journal, health reporter Joseph de Avila writes today about the surge in wireless apps that can help patients monitor health problems.  This includes “new sites and mobile applications for people with conditions like asthma or diabetes that require regular monitoring and sharing information with doctors.”

Speaking of wireless health, this week’s Economist has a lengthy article on the growth of mobile healthcare, concluding that “mobile phones are but one part of a broader wireless trend in health care [including] a bedside monitor that wirelessly tracks the blood sugar levels in diabetic children sleeping nearby [and] tiny wireless devices that track the vital signs of those who wear them.”

Now the clincher: Morgan Stanley just issued its 2010 “Internet Trends” report (“massively detailed” according to GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram), which concludes that in 3G services, the U.S. now leads the world in “users + innovation,” having overtaken Japan in 2009.  Also interesting but hardly surprising: U.S. mobile e-commerce is growing faster than overall e-commerce