A road sign, in Stockholm, Sweden, warns drivers that they may encounter pedestrians who’re deeply absorbed in their smartphones. Or, is it trying to warn pedestrians not to stare at their smartphones while walking?
There’s a wave of single-purpose apps, a category whose popularity has reached a tipping point. Consider the many firms that, as Uber does with cars, promise the delivery of a service in physical space at the tap of a button.
Shortcut: A grooming service for men that brings a professionally trained barber to your home, office, or hotel.
Minibar: Drops a bottle of alcohol at your doorstep.
Doughbies: Delivers freshly-baked treats.
JetMe: Uber for private jets.
Eaze: A marijuana-delivery service.
zTailors: Anetwork of mobile tailors for both men and women.