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First Book Written from Mobile Phone Now Available

First Book Written from Mobile Phone Now Available

For aspiring authors who do not have much time to sit down with their computers and compose the next best-selling novel, you can try using your mobile phone instead. This is what Italian author Robert Bernocco did to finish…

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Cellphabet

Cellphabet

Cellphabet.jpg In the 1982 film Namak Halal , Amitabh Bachchan famously declared: “I can talk in English, I can walk in English…because English is a very funny language.” This statement is no more a metaphor since the Cellphabet 1.0 – a radical new system to convert the movement of a mobile phone into plain English text.

The system will now be demonstrated publicly and all are invited to witness a first in history – a man walking to write an SMS text message, without touching his phone. As he walks, you play a game of words like no other…

Where: Kala Ghoda Art District’s Parking Lot, Mumbai

When: 1PM, Saturday 28th of July 2007

Team:

DJ Fadereu(a.k.a. Rohit Gupta) (software)

Tara Chowdhry(documentator)

Angad Chowdhry (event manager)

Gabriel Greenberg (visual display)

Vickram Crishna(burr)

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Second Life walkie talkie walks

Second Life walkie talkie walks

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Second Life walkie talkie walks is a project for the Conflux Festival 2007

Simultaneous walking tours for Second Life avatars and real people, connected to each other using a pair of walkie talkies.

One operating from Second Life, the other running on an internet enabled mobile phone.

Second Life residents can pick up an in-world walkie talkie at the 0031 area in Second Life.

Real people can check out the availability of activated virtual walkie talkies and by surfing to slwalkietalkie.com on their mobile phone.

The project is initiated and carried out by Sander Veenhof, a multi-media artist from the Netherlands with a fascination for the cross-over between the virtual and the real.

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Cellphone for the Blind Has Angled Keys, No Screen

Cellphone for the Blind Has Angled Keys, No Screen

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Spotted on Gizmodo, “a cellphone concept design by Peter Lau enables blind users to easily dial numbers and make calls. It doesn’t rely on Braille, but instead has differently angled keys that users can learn to recognize”.

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Google creates iPhone-specific search page

Google creates iPhone-specific search page

According to TUAW, Google has created a brand new just-for-iPhone demo page for their search engine.

“It’s all Javascript, as well, so it’s fast and simple. The one drawback is that you can’t actually go back after you’ve done a search (since it all loads in the same window), but it’s Google, so odds are you’ll find what you’re looking for right away.”

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Collective Art Over Mobile Networks

Collective Art Over Mobile Networks

collectiveart.gif New technologies have a way of giving rise to new art forms, writes Killerap.

“One of the newest — and most beautiful — is a mobile-generated collective artwork emerging from an international art workshop at the Mix Studio in New York, led by French artists Olivier di Pizio and Gonzalo Belmonte.

Di Pizio and Belmonte are bringing together 20 French and American painters to create collaborative art, as they have done for more than 15 years. As in earlier collaborative work, each artist contributes photographs, documents, and other items from his or her own life and uses them in the work. This year, for the first time, the artists also will be using camera phones to populate a real-time collective media blog on Cellfish.com.

You can view the workshop on Cellfish.com, or receive the artists’ creations in real time on your cell phone. You can also go and see the collective digital creation at the FIAF Gallery in New York.”

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EU backs standard for mobile TV

EU backs standard for mobile TV

The BBC reports that European officials have backed a single standard for the rollout of mobile TV services across Europe.

“Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has called on member states to roll out services using the DVB-H standard “as quickly as possible”:

Wait-and-see is not an option. The time has come for Europe’s industry and governments to switch on to mobile TV”

Some key players have questioned why Brussels rather than the market is deciding what the standard should be.

And analysts warn it could see the UK fall behind unless regulatory issues are ironed out.”

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Camera phones will top 1B this year

Camera phones will top 1B this year

The number of mobile camera phones in use will top 1 billion this year, reflecting their tremendous growth rate since they hit the market around seven years ago, according to a new market evaluation, reports Computerworld.

“Sales shot up from about 3 million camera phones in 2001 to 500 million last year, according to figures released Friday by Strategy Analytics Ltd.<. However, the growth will likely start to level off now, said Neil Mawton, an associate director at the market research company.

Instead, people will upgrade existing camera phones, with manufacturers trying to entice them with high-end features that will dwarf what was available a few years ago, Mawton said. They will offer cameras with improved zoom capabilities, autofocus, better flashes and faster shutter speeds.” Read full article.

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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