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IxD leader Maggie Hendrie sizes up future of smartphones

IxD Dept. Chair Maggie Hendrie

IxD Dept. Chair Maggie Hendrie

Apparently, size might not matter — at least when it comes to the future of smartphones.

The tech world was buzzing this week with news that IBM might have found a way to make microchips smaller, cheaper and faster by substituting silicon with carbon nanotubes.

(Developments in the silicon microchip were what allowed big-as-brick cell phones to shrink to pocket-size smartphones and tablets.)

But Maggie Hendrie, Interaction Design Department chairĀ at Art Center, told Marketplace that size isn’t the most important feature for smartphones when looking ahead.

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