iPhone 3G with GPS

Monday, 21 July 2008

“SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services…” [launched July 11, 2008]

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/06/09iphone.html

Pictures: Apple


Loopt is a Social Compass

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

loopt

About us

“Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby so that you never miss an opportunity to meet. Loopt also lets you journal your life so that your friends can see what you’re up to. With Loopt, mobile subscribers put themselves on the map.”

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


HTC Touch Diamond

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

HTC Touch Diamond

A new flag ship is rolling:

  • Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
  • Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
  • Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM,
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 900 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM 7201ATM 528MHz

http://www.htc.com/WWW/press.aspx?id=46846〈=1033


JotYou is LBSMS

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

JotYou™ is location based messaging. Send a message to your friends so they get it when they arrive at school or the ballpark or the mall. Make up geo-games. Track a foot race or bicycle race. Stage a road rally with virtual checkpoints, and feed the directions as participants progress. Ever plan to pick up the milk on the way home from work, but drive right by the store and forget? Use JotYou™ to remind yourself as you pass by specified locations. The possibilities are endless.

How it works: You send a message to one person or many people, and specify a delivery time and location using the map on the computer, or an address from your mobile. When they arrive at the location you specify, JotYou™ alerts them by “buzzing” their cell phone, and delivering the message. It’s just that simple!

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/how-it-works.php

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/presentation.php

Via Heise.


CeBIT video pickings: nüvifone

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Two commercials by Garmin for the nüvifone.


GPS Blackberry 8820

Saturday, 29 March 2008

2008-03-29_blackberry_8820_edge_eng_frontnoshadow_small.jpgA stylish GPS-Blackberry 8820 – from the press release, 24 March 2008:

“T-Mobile USA and Research In Motion (RIM) … announced the national availability of the BlackBerry 8820 smartphone, featuring built-in GPS… Available in a sophisticated midnight blue finish, the BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry smartphone.

The stylishly professional BlackBerry 8820 helps people stay connected to business associates, colleagues, family and friends by offering Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data, access to location-based applications and services, and a superior mobile experience for personal and corporate e-mail.”

http://www.rim.com/news/press/2008/pr-24_03_2008-01.shtml


“Plazemarks” – Mobile Tagging at Berlin

Saturday, 22 March 2008

A 2006 project by the Berliner artist Aram Bartholl (http://www.datenform.de/vitaeng.html):

“To make the digital layer of plazes visible in the city a selected number of plazes in Berlin got marked by interactive tags on the sidewalk. Each of these Plazemarks are individual icons but they all share the same graphical language. Each Plazemark has the Webadress of the specific plaze of Plazes.com encrypted. The technology behind these icons is called “Shotcode”. By using a standard mobile phone it is possible to decode the encrypted ink and browse to the specific plaze. A small java application decodes the tag from a picture taken by the phone’s camera.”

http://www.datenform.de/plazemarkeng.html

aram-bartholl_plazemark_2008-03-22_small-cropped2.jpg


Def.: Mobile Tagging

Friday, 21 March 2008

“mobile tagging (tagging= identify) means reading out a 2d- or 3d-barcode by using a camera in a mobile device.It is possible to save various data types in the codes, although in terms of mobile tagging predominantly url are ciphered . After decoding these codes, the user can be directly linked to the corresponding website.
(…)
Commercial tagging includes the use of multi-dimensional barcodes, especially in the fields of mobile marketing and advertising. Showcases in this context are additional information on products (e. g. the nutrient content on hamburgers), direct downloads (e. g. free ringtones, clips or mobile games) and the direct link to a specific site of a company. Particularly in the field of commercial tagging it is vital for the code to be able to be branded (= it is possible to integrate a logo in the code).”

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Tagging

Portal and blog on Mobile Tagging


GPS Phones – Garmin nüvifone

Sunday, 24 February 2008

nüvifoneGarmin announced on 11 February the nüvifone for Q3. A prototype was shown at GSMA Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, February 11-14.

The nüvifone is a quad-band GSM mobile phone with UMTS and high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. “Google local search” is integrated. Free and subscription based dynamic content is served via Garmin OnlineTM, an online service offering dynamic content as real-time traffic, weather forecasts, and safety camera information.

A built-in camera has Location Message Service (LMS), tagging every location with the exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. There is also a direct access to the geo-located photos of Google’s Panoramio.

PR: www.garmin.com/pressroom/mobile/021108a.html

Product presentation: www.garmin.com/nuvifone

Video via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtD4USzpoLI

Media: Garmin


GPS Phones – HTC

Sunday, 24 February 2008

htc_p3470_141x228_2008-02-24.jpgHTC P3470 PDA phone with Windows Mobile, GPS and navigation software from TomTom is on the way to the market – February is announced.

Product Sheet: www.htc.com/product/03-product_p3470.htm

Photo: HTC


“Roadtour” – Audio-visual guide for satnav

Friday, 7 December 2007

Roadtour

Promotional introduction: “ROADTOUR delivers audio-visual guides directly into your car via your Satnav or GPS enabled mobile phone, automatically telling you about interesting locations as you approach them. Using ROADTOUR you can hear all about the nearest castle, see pictures of historic homes and even read all about the best local pubs.”

Product experience: “Roadtour works on your Satnav or GPS Mobile which knows your location. As you approach interesting heritage locations, ROADTOUR tells you about them over the loudspeaker. On the screen ROADTOUR also shows you pictures of the location, opening times, prices and, in the case of Pubs, colourful and individual reviews.”

Platforms: Garmin, Windows Mobile

Pricing:
ROADTOUR Heritage (600 UK Heritage sites) from £19.95
ROADTOUR Pubs & Inns (in association with Sawday’s) from £14.95
ROADTOUR – The Full Trip (UK Heritage + Pubs & Inns) from £29.95
Availabe as download, CD rom or SD card.