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Mobile Encyclopedia an Amazing Concept

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Let’s digress for a while and forget about the ongoing flat-rate price war and that latest buzz about Sprint’s rumored move of undercutting other players with its $60 monthly unlimited plan.

Instead, venture in the world of boundless possibilities the convergence of mobility and digital world has to offer. A truly amazing futuristic concept is this ultra-thin transparent slide from PetitInvention:

This is what I wish the internet search will be able to do with a mobile device in the NEAR future. Touch screen, built in camera, scanner, WiFi, google map (hopefully google earth), google search, image search… all in one device. Like this way, when you can see a building through it, it gives you the image search result right on the spot.

Far from reality? Well, maybe. But the underlying technologies are on the way. Remember Magitti? The software that automatically recommends information about “local area” activities.

There’s also the character-recognition and text-to-speech software powering the Nokia N82 for the visually impaired. Moreover, its design is heavily influenced by Amazon Kindle as well as its wireless features. Not to mention the power of QR codes.

I hope to see more brilliant design concepts in the future. More photos…

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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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