Nokia mixed reality …

Augmented reality is the stuff of science fiction, and I am quite excited about the offering’s different manufacturers for this amazing technology. Augmented reality until now has been mostly only offered on the iPhone. I am not a very big fan of the iPhone, Nokia is more of my phone. Although in the past couple of years the innovation coming out of the Nokia camp is not up to the mark looking at some of their concept videos and literature online I am sure they are working on something big that will change that computing happens in our everyday lives. I am sure there are a lot of you who are reading this who are now rolling your eyes and telling me Nokia is loosing its grip, but I am sure that they will bounce back and just hope it’s not too late 😉

This is an interesting video from Nokia Research Labs that shows Augmented Reality with not only their phone but also wearable devices like glasses that will make a change. This concept allows to you to experience immersion and effortless navigation in an Augmented Reality environment. New types of interactions involving near-to-eye displays, gaze direction tracking, 3D audio, 3D video, gesture and touch. Through these new types of social linkages people will be connected in creative ways between the physical and digital worlds.

Nokia has taken the first step with Nokia Point and Find, an application that very much like Google Goggles looks for online content based on what the image recognition is displaying be it though QR Codes or just images. Here are some amazing demonstrations of the Nokia Point and Shoot with different applications:

Point and Find Demo

Retail Sector

Print Publishers

Out of Home Advertising

There are many developers who are working on bringing Augmented Reality to the Nokia phones, until Nokia work out their strategies on when to launch these awesome devices. Here are some AR games that are available for the N95.

Other Nokia videos of Interest (Morph Concept video)

Until then we need to wait for some transition devices like this one here.

Phonetography .. the best camera ?

One of the most famous quotes about photography that I have ever seen, was on the site called IPhone as Art.

“ The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

Searching for a Snowy Owl

Just as writers just write something anything to keep their skills sharp, photographers also need to practice all the time. Well for most practical purposes it is not very simple carrying around an SLR camera around with you to shoot photos and to practice. So the humble mobile / camera phone has taken over the place of the scribble pad for photographers. And believe it or not, its not just good for getting photos of that scandalous MMS, but also amazing photos. Most of these sites are for pictures taken with iPhone, but my Nokia N95 is not far behind either.

The camera phone photography has become more than just a visual notebook, a journalistic record of events or a way to send friends photos of your dog. While most photographers will claim that they simply fell into shooting with their cell phones, saying, “What the heck, I’ve always got my phone with me,” it has rapidly evolved into a legitimate tool for artistic expression and has even shown up in commercial outlets, such as Robert Clark’s commissioned book Image America, shot entirely with his camera phone.

Have a look at these amazing sites based on the Mobile camera photography.

iPhone

Nokia N95

You might also want to check out this comparison between the iPhone camera and the N95 camera. Definately worth visiting. http://n95mobilephone.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/nokia-n95-vs-iphone-photos/ and also the Apple micro site for Nokia N95 photography awards ?????? http://web.mac.com/jamesburland/Nokia_Creative/Blog/Entries/2008/2/7_Photo:_The_Nokia_Creative,_N95_Photo_Awards_-_January_2008.html

This brings us to another site that mentions the best camera is the one in your hand, check out also : http://www.thebestcamera.com/

My humble addition to this list that I dare not add here are on facebook in the album phonetography. Check it out here.