New Phone Concept from the guys who bought us FireFox

There have been very few things that made a stir on the internet like when the Mozilla Firefox vs IE battle was on, Being a big fan of the browser and the concept of crowd sourcing and crowd coding for the beauty of the browser called Firefox, the Mozilla Labs have started a unique open platform for ideas sharing which is providing designers from various fields a point where they can share concepts etc.

And what if they build a concept phone ? The world should take notice, and I think they are. There are a few interesting features of the Mozilla Concept phone that will make its way into blogs and discussions all over. Firstly, the phone is running Android ! Now if that is not cool enough, there are loads of hardware features that are well, waiting to jump into your next smart phone. This is what the Mozilla website has to say

In response to our open call Billy May, in early 2009, produced a throw-away concept for an“Open Web Concept Phone”. Working directly off of that community feedback, Billy has since finished the exploration with his concept “Seabird”.

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Concept Overview :

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances. Drawing on insights culled from the Mozilla community through the project’s blog, a focus quickly developed around frustrating physical interactions. While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.

Interaction

The Seabird, then, introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market. First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

Pico Projector

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

Design

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

Finally a Concept Video

Even in 3D

Check out the Project Page  here : http://mozillalabs.com/conceptseries/2010/09/23/seabird/

Everyday Tools that Mobiles Can replace

Like most of us, the Mobile for me is an integral part of my life. Although there are times when I pray that it stops ringing, its still a really important part of my life. All of us will remember in the early days of the mobile phone, there used to be instances of people leaving their phones at home, or forgetting it somewhere. These days its gotten more uncommon for something like that to happen, this just means that its really a good addition to our attire. But, is the mobile phone just popular because of the Calls and Messages (Maybe about 90% usage) or something more. No, I am still not hinting at the uses of the Mobile Phone Camera, which of course is one of my most popular posts here.

If people just wanted Mobile Phones for the calls and messages there would have been no market for the iPhones, the Blackberries and the sorts. So why is the iPhone so popular and why is the Android getting popular so quick ? A 4 letter word, Apps. Yes, its the Apps thats driving people towards the smartphones. Its not just good apps, but really everything that developers are putting up. Some are awesome, and some are pure crap.

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Impact of iPhone 4 on the Sex Industry

In one of the TV advertisements for Apple’s Face Time, a soldier uses the feature to get a look at his far away wife’s ultrasound pictures. But the adult industry wants its customers to share moments of an entirely different kind with its stars. If the history of the Internet has shown us one thing, it’s that any attempt to place a wall between porn and the raging tide of user erections is the definition of futility – for each one you strike down, another one springs up stronger than the first.

To be very honest, the Porn industry has made use f the technology world to the maximum and also has had a big impact on it, VCRs became widespread due to the adult industry and the industry was amongst the first to embrace DVDs as well.

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Your wallet may soon disappear into your phone

Personally being involved in many discussions, I believe that mos people interested in technology have at some time or the other wondered about the integration of your wallet into your mobile. I am talking about payments to be done through the mobile, or use he mobile as your ID card ? Well if the tech giants of the world have anything to say, it might happen more sooner than you might think. After replacing many of the small gadgets that you might use, and provide additional functionality into the phone like, camera (Check out 18 innovative uses of that phone camera here) , FM Transmitter and receiver, gaming device and many more; the phone giants staring with Apple are now looking to completely replace your wallet into your mobile.

This magic technology is called NFC or near field communication. Although the possibility of doing this has been evident for a long time using RFID tags, its just now. But NFC is coming over in a big way to a mobile near you; all courtesy to Apple. Yes, we know people are suckers for anything Steve Jobs seems to be making and selling including the ridiculous iPad. Getting back to Near Field Communication …

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iClone – Better than the iPhone

No I am not going to be talking about the Android phones and how awesome they are, although they are. Neither am I going to talk about the N8 which might be Nokia’s sorry attempt at reviving the smartphone (Although its not the fault of the hardware, its the Symbian). I am talking about genuine clones of the iPhone and how they provide in some cases a better phone than what is considered now the holy grail of mobile phones. Cut to, China.

One of my previous colleagues from China used to tell me all the time, you throw anything into Shanghai, and they will throw 2 clones back, one a cheap one and another inexpensive one. The inexpensive one is the one of interest as more often than not, they also come with many additional features.

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3D Mobiles and Gadgets .. what next ?

Over the past few days I have been looking very closely at he world of 3D and my interest in the subject seems to be growing. However, like I wrote earlier, it is a technology that might not really do well in the living rooms due to a lot of constraints for 3D viewing. However, the thrust of the industry seems to be growing towards the 3D platform for various devices, and the latest addition into the spectrum of gadgets is definitely the 3D hand-held gadgets. As a matter of fact, if you browse the Online world, it will become clear that companies like Nokia, LG and  Samsung have been pursuing this technology vigorously in the past few years. In today’s post we will look at some of the attempts and the advances in technology in this direction.

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Blackberry Gives in, What will TRA do now ?

Continuing on the hottest topic this week, Blackberry services are destined to be blocked in the UAE by the 11th of October 2010, and Etisalat and Du are coming up with attractive options for the users who are using the service at the moment, I tried to do my bit, when I wrote about the alternatives you can use in case the service does get blocked. But in a bizarre twist of events, Blackberry along with the lunch of their new device the Blackberry Pearl 9105 and the new OS, OS6 have also made another announcement. They have decided to allow government agencies to snoop into the email and messenger services.

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MIT’s NETRA system brings the system to the optometrist

For those of you who would not know, NETRA in most Indian Languages means Eyesight, A few months back I had shared a concept of few guys trying to give a new vision to change the world, quite literally when scientists came out with oil filled glasses which were of course a bit revolutionary, However there might be a need still to do a check if the person needs some corrective glasses. And while looking for Innovative Applications for my new Nexus One, I stumbled upon the new breakthrough from MIT Labs, a new device out of MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group utilizes one of the most rapidly proliferating technologies in the developing world – mobile phones – to make the diagnostic process of refractive errors of the eye, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision loss, both affordable and accessible to underprivileged populations. NETRA (Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment) uses a phone’s LCD display and intelligent software to administer a quick, effective and accurate vision test that patients can perform at home.

There are two standard ways of determining a patient’s corrective eye wear prescription. One involves looking through a large, clunky device fitted with various lenses swung before the eye until the one that produces the clearest image is found. The other shines a laser into the eye, using an array of tiny lenses to measure the patient’s vision characteristics. But in the developing world, access to these diagnostic systems is both extremely limited and prohibitively expensive.

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Indian Innovation for Charging Phones

We Indians are usually not knows for Innovation, but the culture is changing. Or should I say the mindset of people going from I need a good job to I need to start something of my own is coming in. And the basis of this seems to be innovation. People are beginning to think on why there is the need to develop stuff for other companies when you can make it as your own. In a case where this concept is getting more obvious, I would like to showcase some scenarios where Indian Innovators have come up with solutions for the country made by people in the country, which of course is a recipe for success.

In our journey we will start with Mobile Chargers, one of the biggest woes these days when it comes to mobile phones is the fact the batteries do not last. And Batteries not lasting is a even more of an issue in developing countries as there might be no electricity to charge them back on. Well lo and behold, these innovations will help.

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Nokia helping to find lost keys

Everyone has mobile phones these days, and those days are nearly gone when you would hear “I left my Mobile at home”, I think its been a while since I have heard that excuse. Well this just means that we dont really go anywhere without out mobiles, and what do we do if we cannot find it when we are about to leave the home, well we call it and there it is. However, I am sure that at times when we are looking for keys and cannot find it, someone in the room says, Give it a call and everyone laughs. Well what if that could be really possible ?

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