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/

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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Goo.gl really pushing QR Codes

How do you know that a technology is beginning to take off ? Google does something with it, thats how. After Twitter, the importance of the length of a webpage URL needed some real looking at, because you would get only 140 characters to include the URL and your message, hence the birth of the URL Shortness. Needless to say Google thought it was a good idea and came up with a similar service called goo.gl. Its been shown below that it is indeed one of the best services available out there. That is the first piece of the jigsaw.

qrcode

QR Code is something that Google has showed interest in from getting it onto the Google maps for businesses, to now a URL shortening service which generates QR codes for the shortened code. For those of you who don’t recall, a QR (“quick response”) code is a square barcode that makes getting URLs, location coordinates, any text or contact information onto a phone fast. With a barcode scanner app installed, you just point your phone’s camera at the code to read its contents.

If you’re already using Goo.gl to shorten your URLs, simply add .qr to the end of a shortened Goo.gl URL and it’ll instantly generate a QR code for you.

Once you’ve got your shortened Goo.gl URL—like http://goo.gl/aXum, which points to Lifehacker’s home page—just append .qr like so:

http://goo.gl/aXum.qr

…and you’ve got your personal QR code. Not bad.

Note: To use Goo.gl to shorten URLs, you need to be using the Google Toolbar, or you can point your browser here . You can also check out my previous post about QR Codes here.