It seems that Nokia is planning on developing a mobile application that allows one to look behind buildings, much like an X-Ray machine. Nokia has teamed up with developers from South Australia to achieve this piece of science fiction.
This technology is called Augmented Reality and practically, it employs nothing more than the phone’s camera and google’s databases.
What it does:
You basically have to focus your camera on a building and this software gives you a view of what’s behind it.
How it works:
It works basically by creating a 3D model of the place by looking up google earth and google streetview. It then projects the rendered image of what’s behind the building. GPS is used to find out the user’s exact position while Digital compass can be used to smooth out other irregularities like orientation.
The driving force behind this initiative, Dr. Christian Sandor, has stated that we might be seeing a complete software in about two years.
Incidentally, Dr. Sandor is also known for two other amazing technologies- Meltvision and Distortvision.
Meltvision is much like Augmented Reality except that a building melts away to reveal the image behind it.
Distortvision allows us to take images of objects which are not in the line of sight of the camera.
Microsoft has officially announced the next generation of Windows Mobile OS – Windows Phone 7 Series. This OS has been built from scratch and is totally different from the earlier versions. It now focuses strongly on social networking and has integrated support for Xbox LIVE and Zune.
Steve Ballmer has stated:
Today, I’m proud to introduce Windows Phone 7 Series, the next generation of Windows Phones,said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences.
Every 7 series phone is going to have a dedicated Bing button – to enable one click search from anywhere in the phone.
7 series also brings a completely new concept – WIndows Phone hubs. They are meant to club similar items together and thus provide an easy and friendly to browse data. 7 series will have the following six hubs by default:
People: It is Meant for social experience and can bring together content based on someones live feeds from social networks and photos. It can also be used to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live.
Pictures: Helps to share pictures and video to social networks.
Games: Used to play Xbox LIVE games and to see gamers profiles.
Music+Video:Will be used to transfer movies or music from the internet or from a user’s PC. It also has an FM radio.
Marketplace: Allows users to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
Office:With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents.
Many phone company’s have already started to make phones for this OS and so, we might very well see a working device by the end of this year.
Seems like Windows Mobile 7 won’t be having flash support for quite some time now. Adobe has issued a brief statement in this regard:
Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month.
Though this statement seems positive, bear in mind that Adobe has promised us flash support for Android but we won’t be seeing it for atleast 3 months. This might place Windows Mobile 7’s time someplace in second half of this year.
NRC (Nokia Research Center) has unvield a brand new technology in the Demo House 2010 Research Exhibition held in Espoo, Finland. Apparently, mobiles can have RADARs!
This technology basically enables mobiles to track the speed and direction of moving objects. The device needs an active radar sensor for this though. It employs electro-magnetic waves to produce some kind of mobile wireless sensing.
If this technology really came to life, it could very well be the next big phone revolution. We would be enjoying a horde of new features like gesture support, better games and security. There’s no limit to what we might have.
NRC is not clear with all the details but looking at the video, it fels like Nokia is mostly done with this product.
The Demo House 2010 Research Exhibition is a joint effort by Aalto University, NRC (Nokia Research Center) and Technical Research Center of Finland.
Maemo is based completely on Debian…so why can’t we do away with all the complex restrictions around it? Well, guys at Maemo-Freak have come up with an excellent way – Take the RedPill.
If you have a N900, you’re probably a geek. Even if you are not, there’s a high probability that you’ve seen The Matrix. Remember Neo? He was offered a Red Pill for the truth. This RedPill is just it.
RedPill mode disables many safety features from your phone so that the App manager becomes a bit more. You can install any deb package and all the system updates. Though this should be done with great care because those safety locks are there for a reason – you could easily brick your phone.
Here’s how to activate RedPill:
Open App manager
Click on Tools -> Application catalogue
Go to New
Write matrix (seriously!!) into the web address field
Click outside the Application manager
Click Red in the dialog-box to enable RedPill mode, or Blue to keep your phone in the safe BluePill mode.
Warning: The RedPill mode, if not used correctly, is quite capable of bricking your phone. Use it ONLY if you know what you’re doing. If you are new to maemo or debian, DON’T use it.
Note: This mode doesn’t stay forever. As soon as you’ll close the App manager, it’ll close automatically.