BlackBerry Bold FKA 9000

Monday, 12 May 2008

BlackBerry Bold

“It is the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as a rich set of multimedia capabilities. From its lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leather-like backplate, to its stunning display, sophisticated user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY* keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a symbol of accomplishment and aspiration.” (Press Release #1)

“Research In Motion (RIM), RBC and Thomson Reuters, today announced plans to launch the BlackBerry Partners Fund, a US$150 million venture capital fund, to invest in mobile applications and services for the BlackBerry platform and other mobile platforms.” (Press Release #2)

(Photo: RIM)


CeBIT video pickings: nüvifone

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Two commercials by Garmin for the nüvifone.


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


Loca: Set To Discoverable (2006ff.)

Sunday, 6 January 2008


(Film: Drew Hemment, 2007)

About: “Loca is an artist-led project on grass-roots, pervasive surveillance by John Evans (UK/Finland), Drew Hemment (UK), Theo Humphries (UK), Mike Raento (Finland).”

History: ” The premier full presentation of Loca: Set To Discoverable at ISEA2006 and ZeroOne in August 2006 combined art installation, software engineering, activism, pervasive design, hardware hacking, SMS poetry, sticker art and ambient performance.”

Setting: “Deploying a cluster of interconnected, self-sufficient Bluetooth nodes across downtown San Jose, the Loca art group were able to track and communicate with the residents of San Jose via their cellphone without their permission or knowledge, so long as they had a Bluetooth device set to discoverable. Over 7 days more than two thousand five hundred people were detected more than half a million (500,000) times by the Loca node network, enabling the team to build up a detailed picture of their movements. People were sent messages from a stranger with intimate knowledge of their movements. Over the course of the week the tone of the messages changed, “coffee later?” changing to “r u ignoring me?”

Why? “Pervasive surveillance is potentially both sinister and positive at the same time. New ways of organising media and of communicating with each other become possible when the context of the media and the user is known. But also as a consequence ever more can be surveilled and ultimately controlled. Loca examines what happens when it is easy for everyone to track everyone, when surveillance can be affected by consumer level technology within peer-to-peer networks, without collapsing this ambiguity. It is an experiment that does not either blindly celebrate the technology, or claim that the technology is inherently bad. It aims to raise awareness of the networks we inhabit, to provoke people into questioning them, and help people equip themselves to deal with the ambiguity of pervasive media environments.”

http://www.loca-lab.org/


MizPee’s loocation-based service

Monday, 17 December 2007

MizPee

About: “MizPee finds the closest, cleanest toilets in your area. You can add and review toilets, get some cool deals in your area and challenge your knowledge of toilet trivia”.

A video taken from CBS by datnice@YouTube.


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.


GyPSii phone community

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

GyPSii
Screenshot: Locative Media

A geo community for web and phone users, where everybody can upload geolocated photos, audios, videos, points of interest. About GyPSii:

“GyPSii is the consumer application for mobile, web & Internet connected devices.GyPSii allows users to share their real life experiences in the virtual world using mobile devices and the web. It is a social networking, search & location based suite of integrated mobile and web applications – for users to share, view & upload pictures, video, text and POI (points of interest) with a Geo-location – place and track each other in their select communities. Find people and places, points of interest, map and navigate to them all.

A record of a Life History of Events in Full Context (Video & audio clips, location(s), photos, text, shared experiences & people, etc.)

A seamless mobile & web experience built on the convergence of locations based services, social networking, mobile & web 2.0 technologies, agnostic access across devices and networks.”

http://www.gypsii.com/reader.cgi?id=about

The phone client is available for Windows Mobile – for Symbian S60, Nokia only, it is soon to come.

Interesting is the “Market Overview and Introduction to GyPSii” (PDF).