Saturday, June 25, 2005

Phone Rumors! (3G Sony Ericsson Smart Phone) SE's most recent convergence effort?



Rumor or Revelation?
These images appear to be either artist's concepts or pre-production templates for two new Sony Ericsson Smartphones; the P915 and P100.

From what I've read on the BB's devoted to Sony Ericsson's much-loved P800-P910 models, these phones are rumored to include 3G support, Wi-Fi, possibly EDGE, better GPRS, a higher resolution screen, 2MP camera and support for Blackberry mail...


From the images, it appears that the P915 may be more of a clamshell design while the P1000 seems to have a "slider" type design in a "candy bar" form factor. Battery life, which is already one of hte P-series strengths in comparison to most smart phones, is also allegedly improved.

LET me Stress, this is pure conjecture on my part based on images from a highly questionable source so please don't hold my feet to the fire if this turns out to be inaccurate.

Interestingly, a Google search for "Sony Ericsson P1000" turns up a number of UK online stores that have prelimary sales pages up for these phones but with no price and no additional details.

Friday, June 24, 2005

NTT DoCoMo 4G test hits 1Gbps (Convergence Leaders)

NTT DoCoMo 4G test hits 1Gbps: "NTT DoCoMo 4G test hits 1Gbps

By Staff on DoCoMo

Cell Phone as Rocket



Japan's NTT DoCoMo is busy testing 4G wireless technology (we're still using 2G here in the US) and has achieved a milestone, a 1Gbps data download speed while moving at 20km/h.

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Stitch Says: Holy Rocket-Phones Bat Man! The agonizing wait for 3G deployment here in the good old US of A is killing me; while just a hop, skip and a jump away, NTT DoCoMo is showing us how it should be done. Hey! Carriers! Wake-Up Already! We want our 3-G and we want it now!"

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Barcode TV? (Camera Phones and New Colored BarCodes Converge TV/Wireless Web

picturephoning.com: "Tele-Barcode: The Case of ColorCode"

colorcode.jpg

Found on Textually.org which found this on RFID in Japan;

So, how is the Korean ColorCode being introduced in Japan? ColorZip (the company who owns the technology of ColorCode) announced recently that they are collaborating with two Japanese TV broadcasting stations (TBS and Fuji TV) to develop a system for integrating TV programs and wireless websites.

The system that broadcasts ColorCode will likely be put into real use this summer. Consumers can easily access wireless websites related to TV programs by simply taking a picture of a broadcasted ColorCode. For example, such websites may allow consumers to participate in voting, download sample music clips, buy products, or apply for free gifts.

It sounds like ColorCodes can be read from a distance more easily than other 2D codes.

Stitch Says: in the US, if these small codes were displayed on the television screen during a program the station would receive thousands of calls and complaints about a program error or worse, some obscentity! Seriously, though, we're so out of step with some of these advances that it's going to take a tremendous amount of education on the part of the first companies to deploy this new technology to raise general awareness to the point where there is any sense in making the investment. That said, this is probably a very good intermediate step for interactive broadcast television particularly for homes that have begun using some kind of media hub with integrated PC/Web access.

I can even foresee a time when there'll be a code-capture feature built in to remote controls that lets you navigate the codes displayed on screen, click them and via a picture in picture display view the additional information, or even make a purchase, all without significant interruption of the on-screen action. In fact, capturing, storing (bookmarking) these codes could be a great way for advertisers to gain a foothold in the living room. The more I think about potential applications for this technology the more value I see for advertisers once the initial obstacle of consumer education is overcome.

Of course, the ultimate goal, and in my mind best final result would be that this technology is sufficiently developed that taking a picture of the code in a mobile phone can mash up the code against the location of the person taking the photo as well as their m-commerce profile, and thus would serve them via their phone (instantly) and later via their pc (if their profile supports the action) information and options geared specifially to their tastes, buying habits, resources and other preferences. Now that's the kind of marketing I want. I see a vacation to Tahiti offer pictured in a travel agency's window; I take a picture of their colorcode, and within moments, I have the option to book a trip that has been bounced off my calendar, and checked against the rules for the fares offered. Before I'm half way down the block, I have first class seats (I always fly upgrades, and with a companion) for a 10 day trip during my next vacation (which has been blocked out on my calendar since last February, but which hasn't yet been allocated for a specific trip), I've got King size beds in all my hotels, vegetarian meals on the flights for my companion, and transportation via my favorite car service scheduled both to and from the airport for the dates of my trip. My email "away" message has been preset, critical services (like pet care and plant watering arranged via automatic calendaring with my service providers or I've got reminders waiting for me to make those arrangements if they're not pre-set), and my co-workers (either that I want to make jealous or that have a genuine need to know) have been notified of my pending trip.

No that's the vision. One shot could do a lot! In fact. I'm claiming copyright on that last! That's a great marketing slogan for a company that could offer that suite of services. Wow. Now I want to go to Tahiti...

Ah well, when I get back from the blogosphere, I still have work here on my desk; but I will definitely be monitoring this development to see when my vision comes alive.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Mobile Pipeline | Positioning System Uses Wi-Fi, Not Satellites

Mobile Pipeline | Positioning System Uses Wi-Fi, Not Satellites: "June 20, 2005

Positioning System Uses Wi-Fi, Not Satellites

Skyhook Wireless Monday launched a positioning service that uses Wi-Fi instead of satellites, which it claims will be simpler and less expensive in many environments.

The Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) initially is being rolled out in 25 metropolitan areas, the company said in a statement. It enables the monitoring of any Wi-Fi-enabled device such as smartphones, PDAs and laptops, the company said. The client software access a database of more than 1.5 million WLAN access points in the initial 25 coverage areas, which it uses to calculate location within 40 meters, the company said in a statement.

The company said that the old GPS systems required separate hardware and line-of-site access to satellites. Such systems also are unreliable in some urban areas, according to Skyhook. The WLAN-based location system eliminates those problems."

Stitch Says: I reported this company a while back, when I noted that this concept, which clearly offers some convenience and cost reduction for metropolitan navigation, is interesting for a number of other reasons as well; their aggregation of such a substantial number of HotSpots (claimed at 1.5 million each with a location plotted) represents a fairly Herculean task in itself, although the payoff could be that even if their GPS model fails, they have some nice data that they can resell. However, I have yet to hear how they plan to account for the strong possibility that any number of these hotspots might be relocated, thus rendering information less than accurate. To be fair, I have not had a chance to speak with a company spokesperson so it is plausible that they have a solution that works around this potential issue.

Personally, I can see this as a nice ad-hoc subscription service that would be doubly useful for a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone. What I envision is the visitor to an unfamiliar city logging on to their service during a visit to aid in navigation, site seeing, etc. Come to think of it, this is exactly the kind of thing that I'd be presenting to conceirge's at nice hotels; they're the kind of people that would really appreciate some help getting needy tourists some no-brainer directions...now they just have to hope that install and use (for said tourist) is easier than following directions, otherwise the poor concierge might need to be an IT consultant on the side.

In any case, I'm going to keep an eye on Skyhook. I want to see how this model plays out.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Cell Phones Now Playing Role of Wallet - Yahoo! News (More Convergence Towards a True Digital Wallet)

Cell Phones Now Playing Role of Wallet - Yahoo! News: "Cell Phones Now Playing Role of Wallet

By BRUCE MEYERSON, AP Business Writer Sat Jun 18, 5:27 AM ET

NEW YORK - Already a device of multiple disguises, from camera to music player and mini-TV, the cell phone's next trick may be the disappearing wallet. After all, since more than a quarter of the people on the planet already carry around cell phones, and hundreds of millions are joining them every year, why should they bring along credit and debit cards when a mobile device can make payments just as well?
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At the simplest level, all that's needed is to embed phones with a short-range radio chip to beam credit card information to a terminal at a store register. It's not unlike the wireless system used to pay tolls on many highways or the SpeedPass keychain wand used to buy gas at Exxon Mobile Corp. pumps."

Stitch Says: is it just me or is this space heating up lately? Yesterday we had confirmation of Google's entry into the financial fray, alternate payment methods like C-Sam are coming online at a rapid clip as well. It's only logical that the technology find it's way into mobile phones. Far better security, convenience and flexibility can be developed at the handset level than any other commonly carried item. I wonder, are the carriers going to wake up and grabe a piece of this action before it's too late? Cingular, Verizon; if you want to know which companies you should partner with (to grab a piece of First Data's Multi-Billion dollar market) ask me.
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