Eye-Fi Explore – Geotagging and Hotspot Connectivity

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Eye-Fi

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 12, 2008 — Today Eye-Fi, Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced the Eye-Fi Explore, a new card designed to make photo sharing richer, easier and more convenient. Unveiled at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, the Eye-Fi Explore allows users to automatically upload photos from more than 10,000 hotspots while away from home or from their home wireless network. It also automatically tags users’ photos with information about where the image was captured.

“The Eye-Fi Explore delivers the two enhancements most requested by our users,” said Jef Holove, CEO for Eye-Fi. “Our geotagging service automates what is today a compelling, though time-consuming and manual, experience. And, our hotspot access will allow travelers, bloggers, and anyone on the go to upload, share and save their pictures before they even get home.”

Like all Eye-Fi cards (see today’s release: Eye-Fi Unveils Family of Products), Eye-Fi Explore allows users to automatically send photos directly from their camera to their PC or Mac, and to one of 25 online photo sharing, printing, social networking, or blogging sites using their home wireless network. Eye-Fi partnered with Skyhook Wireless to provide geotagging capabilities and Wayport to enable hotspot connectivity for the Eye-Fi Explore.

Press Release continued…

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Black N82 arriving

Friday, 21 March 2008

n82_01d_lowres_2008-03-21.jpgThe Nokia N82 is a true travel companion. From the data sheet (PDF):

Photo and Video

  • 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus with a dedicated autofocus assist lamp, and MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 frames per second with video stabilization
  • High speed camera performance
  • One-click photo and video uploading from gallery to compatible online albums or blogs with Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Easy playback of recorded videos and photos on compatible TV using TV out cable or Wi-Fi/UPnP
  • Geotagging: adds location information to images when they are captured

Navigation

  • Built-in GPS: Nokia Maps with integrated GPS, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) support
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will come with some local maps preloaded to the memory card
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will have a minimum 3 day free navigation trial
  • Maps data available for over 150 countries, navigation supported for over 30 countries, 15 million location highlights

And it has a barcode scanner for mobile tagging.


Facts: 900 Million Units

Sunday, 2 March 2008

ABIresearch announced on 16 January 2008 the study “Global Navigation Satellite Positioning Solutions

“The GPS modernization project and the arrival of additional Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou/Compass will increase the availability, reliability, and precision of satellite positioning and stimulate the location ecosystem, expanding the market to more than 900 million units by 2013.

‘Personal Navigation Devices for in-car use will be increasingly complemented by converged solutions based on GPS-enabled handsets for pedestrian navigation and Location Based Services,’ says ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte. ‘However, GNSS technologies will have to be combined with other positioning solutions such as A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and dead reckoning to address the indoor coverage issue. Dedicated GPS devices will remain the preferred option for specific applications and environments such as outdoors, marine, recreational aviation, and tracking of people and animals.

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Advances in GPS chipset development will enable the integration of GPS technology in all mobile devices at low cost by 2013. This will drive new applications such as the automatic geo-tagging of pictures taken with digital cameras. Other innovative applications include road toll systems and tourism. Mobile location-based social networking features will be an important driver for the uptake of GPS devices and applications in the consumer market.”

http://www.abiresearch.com/abiprdisplay.jsp?pressid=1039


GPS Phones – SonyEricsson

Sunday, 24 February 2008

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SonyEricsson recently announced two handsets with GPS built-in, which shall be rolled out from Q2 2008 on:

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  • C702 CyberShot with locaction-based imaging services (geotagging) and Google Maps
  • W760 Walkman with Google Maps, Wayfinder Navigator and “a GPS-supported fitness application called Tracker that can tell you how fast, for how long and how far you ran (or walked!)”

Photos: SonyEricsson


Heineken’s “Delivery Men”

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Heineken

Heineken seems to use digital fleet management for a marketing campaign and a mashup game. The Dutch beer brewery shows live the position of their “delivery men”. In a game you can predict the next stop of the trucks. It is a cooperation with the geotagging community bliin.

Via The Mobile City who quote the Dutch blog Bright.


locr@Nokia

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

locr

Germany-based company locr states that their software for Symbian S60 phones is available at Nokia’s EMEA download site – in a press release for instance via inar.de. locr offers a community and a software for geotagging photos.

www.locr.de | http://www.locr.com/index.php?lang=en


YouTube@Helio with geotagging

Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Ocean device from US wireless carrier Helio gets a new YouTube application. One of the features: Videos can now be geotagged on the fly with the GPS phone. Here is the commercial and the Guided Tour from Helio.