November 30, 2006

Retired

sLop (the blog you are reading) is retiring..

The archives should stay up indefinitely though so feel free to continue linking in if you like..

In the coming weeks, I should have something new up. Please stay tuned.


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August 10, 2006

Sony releasing a Linux based handheld

Linux powers Sony's new Mylo WiFi handheld
Would love to see a comparison between Nokia's 770 and this..

From the article:
"In September, Sony expects to ship a Linux- and Qtopia-based handheld device featuring WiFi connectivity, an Opera web browser, and a variety of text- and voice-messaging clients and media players. The Mylo -- short for "My Life Online" -- will be available in black or white, priced at $350.

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June 15, 2006

The Good and The Bad regarding the new 770 firmware

Nokia 770 Linux tablet firmware update beta draws praise, fire
I am particularly impressed by the "Good" list:
VoIP capabilities
IM and Google Talk messaging client
Integrated addressbook with presence information
Better performance, as well as a control-panel option for setting up a swap partition on the rs-mmc card
Better memory recovery when applications are closed
Google search bar available in home screen
Browser URL input field has partial matching
Home screen items now can be rearranged
Thumb keyboard is "input method of choice"
Package manager handles package feeds, and allows custom menu placement

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June 06, 2006

Mobile Image and Video Posting

Where.com - WHERE Mobile 2.0 API
From the site:
The WHERE Mobile 2.0 API allows developers to add mobile pictures and mobile video clips to web sites with a few simple steps

Very similar to what I have been planning on doing with my Video and Image Moblogging with a (video enabled) Camera Phone Scripts

-Thanks Jenny!

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June 01, 2006

Sun Java ME Device Table Updated

Jave ME Device Table
Sun has updated their Java ME (Jave ?) device listings.. Finally!

J2Me would be the key word here..

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May 23, 2006

P2P on Mobile Phones

Symella, a Gnutella client for Symbian Smartphones
Listening to a presentation about this now. Pretty interesting but will have to wait to get back to NYC before I can try it (data isn't working in Europe for me).
From the site:
Symella is a Gnutella client for Symbian smartphones. Gnutella is a Peer-to-Peer file sharing network system with many clients (and servers) available on various desktop operating systems (for desktop Gnutella clients check out this site).
It is used for exchanging files, especially music, MP3 files. Because mobile phones have limited bandwidth and small memory cards, this client focuses only for downloading, not sharing. It is available on Series 60 and Series 80.

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PUTools: Python Utility Tools for PyS60

S60 Python
Series 60 Python tools, Including the very useful push (Python Utility Shell). Can't wait to give it a shot (too bad it isn't for Java ;-) Perhaps Mobile Processing will do something similar)

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May 19, 2006

A Pure Java Phone..

Sun blesses Java phone
With a nice set of libraries.. Might have to get me one of these :-)

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Nokia 770 getting an upgrade

Nokia, Google Detail Linux Tablet Collaboration
From the article:
Nokia says it will ship a firmware upgrade for existing and new 770 Internet tablet owners. The OS 2006 upgrade, expected this quarter, will bring better memory performance and a "refreshed look." It will also feature VOIP capabilities and a pre-installed Google Talk client with a full-screen "finger" keyboard

Wish they would release it already! Can you tell, I am anxious ;-)

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Place Shifting on Mobile Devices

PDAStreet: News: Placeshifting: Carrier Friend or Foe?
Will things like this convince the carriers that they should be just that, carriers and let people do what they will with the networks (oh my god, let people do what they want on OUR network, that's crazy..! wait a minute, isn't that how the internet became so useful?)

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Cool Hunting at the ITP Show

Cool Hunting Video: ITP Spring Show 2006
For those of you wondering what I do all day every day, check out this video of the ITP Spring Show from Cool Hunting. Very nicely produced!

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April 19, 2006

ITP End of Year Events - Thesis Presentations and End of Semester Show

ITP Spring Show 2006
A two day exhibition of interactive sight, sound and physical objects from the student artists of ITP.

This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP.

ITP Thesis Presentations 2006
ITP's graduating students will be presenting a wide variety of highly creative and interactive projects that they have constructed over the course of their final project seminars.

Students have been encouraged to undertake projects that bring together the conceptual and design issues that they have engaged in during their two years of study at ITP.

Projects will include installation based work, digital video and audio pieces, interactive 3D, games and educational applications, to name only a few.

ITP will be providing a live webcast of all the thesis presentations.

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March 29, 2006

LifeBlog doesn't use XML RPC

Robert Price - Lifeblog Posting Protocol Example
Alas, after doing a bit of exploring, I see why LifeBlog never worked with my blog(s). It doesn't do XML-RPC. Arrrg..
In any case, detailed on the site above, Robert Price has done the hard work and figured out just what it does and how it can be used. A bit painful but some progress..

Does anyone have a pointer to XML-RPC J2ME code for me?

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March 24, 2006

Cingular jumps on the VOD bandwagon

PDAStreet: News: Cingular Debuts Video-on-Demand Service
More mobile networks launching VOD. You probably know my feelings about these services by now..

I love how most articles about this have the obligatory statement about consumers less than enthusiastic response:
"But are consumers ready to watch mobile video and TV on their small handset screens? According to a new RBC Capital Markets survey of 1,001 Americans, perhaps they aren’t. The RBC study found that three-quarters of those surveyed weren't interested in watching TV programs or movies on their mobile device, let alone using a cell phone for music even."

Even better is the confusion over plans and pricing:
"It is not to be confused with Cingular's MobiTV-run television offering, which delivers live television broadcasts over the operator's standard 2.5G or EDGE network - 70 to 135kbps. MobiTV costs $9.99 per month and requires a data plan, ranging in price from $4.99 for 1 MB to $19.99 unlimited.

The new service is free to Cingular customers with an unlimited $19.99 per month Broadband Connect plan, which also includes all-you-can-eat messaging and image sharing. As a premium offering, the HBO channel costs an extra $4.99 per month."

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Mobile Games Tied with Live TV

Startup to Wed Mobile Games, Live TV Shows - Yahoo! News
Very interesting:
AirPlay Network Inc. said it will introduce a lineup of cell phone games tied to live television broadcasts. While watching TV, subscribers could use their cell phones to compete against others in "real time" by predicting plays in sports, choosing winners on reality TV shows or picking answers on game shows.

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March 23, 2006

'The Fourth Screen' Mobile Media Festival

The4thScreen.com :: global mobile media festival
This festival looks very interesting. They are pushing people to think about the phone in a different way, not just as a television that is carried in your pocket as it seems the providers are pushing for:
'The Fourth Screen' Global Mobile Media Festival will focus on the mobile phone as an emerging social, cultural and technological phenomenon.
We invite artists, technologists, and other creative thinkers to submit creations, inventions and concepts in two categories:
1/ moving images: videos made with mobile phone, movies, animation and games intended for mobile delivery
2/ wise technologies: software art, software and hardware that proposes new uses for mobile multimedia communication, applications that have positive cultural, social and economic impact in diverse cultures

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March 16, 2006

Revolutionary or 20 years too late?

Turning the Television Into an Electronic Easel for Future Mondrians - New York Times

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March 02, 2006

Eclipse, J2ME/MIDP 2, Mac OS X

ECLIPSE/MpowerPlayer
Looks like suitable instructions for getting J2ME MIDP 2.0 development going on the Mac with Eclipse using the Mpowerplayer SDK.
This has been a long time in coming.. Let's hope it works..

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February 28, 2006

Flash Lite "seems" interesting but..

flash lite application - Google Search
I can't find any decent applications.. Someone tell me where to find the interesting Flash Lite apps, please..

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Television Disrupted

Television Disrupted - The Transition from Network to Networked TV by
Shelly Palmer

Looks to be an interesting read. Guess we will find out in the near future.

From the site:
Television Disrupted The Transition from Network to Networked Television, follows the money and the technology that enables it. The book also looks at the business rules and legal issues that are having a huge impact on the future. File sharing, copyright laws, geographical form factors, temporal windows and much more. During the next few years, everything we know about the business of television is going to change - Television Disrupted The Transition from Network to Networked Television will serve as a guidebook and roadmap for the foreseeable future.

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Mobile Monday NY Group

MobileMonday New York
MobileMonday New York is a community of NY metro area mobile professionals. The open community promotes the mobile industry and fosters cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies by providing opportunities for personal and virtual contacts.

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February 05, 2006

Mobile DTV Alliance

:: Mobile DTV Alliance ::
A new consortium of companies pushing DVB-H in North America. I find this much more interesting than current TV on mobile devices as DVB-H has some nice interactive features. Unfortunately, I am not sure it will ever be accessible to independent content providers.

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Mobile TV.. Yawn.

Cielo Group presentation at NATP Mobile
From the company that brings us MLB and NBA video products on phones.

This image from their ad campaign sums up my feelings:
watchingphone.png

They look a bit bored, don't they..?

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January 28, 2006

NYTimes wraps up current Mobile Social Software services

Making Connections, Here and Now - New York Times
Included are two that I have had a small hand in: Socialight and Dodgeball.

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Nokia 770 - Looking for hackers to create a "killer app"

Nokia 770 as mobile innovation platform
From the article:
The Nokia 770 web pad lacks a "killer app" to make it useful on a daily basis, writes blogger Russell Beattie. However, the device is much more open than previously available mobile devices, and as a result could serve as the development platform for mobile innovation, Beattie suggests.

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January 25, 2006

Bluetooth Remote Control

Miscellaneous Docs and Tools
Sony Ericsson has Bluetooth Remote Control software for their phones and Mac/Windows PCs as well as an API to go with it.

(Once again, I think I have linked to this in the past but I can't find it so here it is again.)

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January 21, 2006

Flash capable phones

Macromedia - Macromedia Mobile

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Nice Socialight infomercial..

socialight | friends | mobile phones | fun
Nice mobile social software. Check it out..!

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January 18, 2006

Mobile video might take off in Britain

BBC NEWS | Technology | Brits show appetite for mobile TV

As mentioned in the article, the service they are exploring is DVB-H (a standard for mobile digital video). This is somewhat analogous to putting a digital TV tuner in a handheld device and is significantly different than the on-demand streaming services that the US carriers are pushing.

What difference does it make? I am not sure I have a goodr response yet. I do believe that it means this is only good for live content though it can be interactive. I would love someone to point me to some interactive DVB-H content demos.


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January 17, 2006

Sample Chapters from "Developing Scalable Series 40 Applications: A Guide for Java Developers"

The Basics of the MMAPI for Java Developers
Looks pretty good and thorough. Chapters relating to the J2ME MMAPI, including an introduction, audio playback, other media playback, capture and a summary.

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CES Wrap-up

Two weeks ago, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Here is a quick write-up regarding it:

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show was a very interesting and overwhelming event. First of all, it is by far the largest event that I have ever been to. The numbers were 150,000 plus attendees and 2500 plus vendors (booths).

As the show title indicates, it is very consumer electronics orientated. This means, home theater audio and video, in car systems, mobile phones, portable music players and video players, digital cameras and video cameras and video game systems were there in a big way. While my interests and technology applicable to my work cross all of these areas, the sheer size and number of similar items makes it very difficult to find the best of the best. Fortunately, CES in general and these areas are well covered by the media and in reviews by other bloggers as well as by awards given out at the show. Therefore, I decided that it wasn't worth my time at this type of event to focus on them. If you are interested, CNet has good coverage online at: http://www.cnet.com/4520-11405_1-6398208-1.html and from CES itself lists the award winners: http://www.cesweb.org/attendees/awards/innovations/default.asp

I, on the other hand was determined to find devices that enable the types of things that my research focuses on. Specifically, I went with the intention of looking at video capture devices that enable streaming as well as remote control capabilities, set top boxes that have open interfaces to allow for the development of software that runs on them, tablet computers, remote controls and phones that fit the bill to be used as a prototype platform for development of my various projects.

With these tasks in mind I shied away from the areas of the conference that dealt with in car and home theater systems (mostly audio and large screens) and started off by going to the small out of the way booths. Fortunately, this tactic paid off almost immediately. I discovered (actually I think I may have rediscovered) a device called the Pepper Pad: http://www.pepper.com/ which is essentially a tablet PC running linux crossed with a universal remote control. It fits all of the requirements for developing a prototype for one of my projects and exceeds the capabilities (and suitability to the task at hand) of the devices that I have been using. The Pepper Pad does have a couple of drawbacks. First of all is the cost; it is in excess of $800.00, far too much for wide adoption. Second is the size; it is just a bit too large for my prototype purposes.

These drawbacks are more than made up by the devices capabilities. Also promising is the fact that I made contact with and had a good conversation with the lead technical individual at the company that makes it.

Finding the Pepper Pad was the most useful thing to happen for me at CES but a couple thoughts and notes are worth putting down as well.

1: Convergence, that nasty word from the mid 90's has finally arrived. Fortunately, it is being done better this time. No more are the dreams of a super device that does everything. Rather, the CE industry is starting to make devices that can talk to each other and share content. Handheld devices that can get content from set top boxes and media centers that can pull up photos and music from PCs are everywhere.

Unfortunately the CE people don't quite know what the internet is good for yet. They have realized the potential of the internet as a distribution medium but have not realized that it needs to be open. In my opinion, there is no reason to use the internet for distribution unless it is open (both on the consumption side and publishing side). They are still treating the internet as a cable network when they should just be using a cable network.

2: Yahoo, Google and Microsoft were at the show in a big way (I don't mean sq. feet). This is interesting because they are not CE companies and don't really have CE products yet they hold the mind share and rightfully so. They get with the CE companies don't get (about the internet).

Microsoft's Media Center platform is actually pretty nice and does offer the things that I would like everyone to offer (an open platform with API's).

Google understands standards and wants interoperability. See the Google Keynote.

Yahoo is the only company there that really showed an aptitude for mixing social behavior and media. I saw prototypes of Yahoo content on a TV platform that almost encouraged social behavior (in the standard Yahoo way).

3: Still, nobody understands that the TV is not the place for interactive content. People are still trying to shoehorn the internet onto TV. It will have some limited success but in the end, it will never live up to what can be done on a PC.

Last here is a list of things that I saw with quick notes that I thought interesting enough to take a further look at. I haven't had the time to dig yet but I wanted to get them down.

DX5 Digital Camera - Clone of Xacti ?
Microsoft TV IPTV Edition
Playstation 3 - Blueray - Interactive Java Games supported by Blueray spec
SCH-B360 Samsung compact satellite mobile tv phone - dmb - evdo - tv out
DLNA - nokia support
GE Solar Cam
Panasonic 3CCD SD Camcorder SDR S190 or S100
Excercise by playing video games = very itp like - game runner
Ant - iptv platform - not really sure what level - javascript interactivity
Philips remote control honoree 2006 innovations - TSU3500 or SRU9600
ACE LHD Professional Media Server http://www.acedigitalhome.com/
Lifetouch by exceptional innovation
JVC G Series HDD camera http://www.jvc.com/presentations/everio_g/
SD PDA Camera SDC-001A (for palm and pocket pc)
Lego mindstorms nxt
VEX Robotics Design System
Akimbo = not open
Creative Webcam Live Wireless
Yahoo mirror display - in bathroom computing
Yahoo mobile
Walkview handsfree = sports dv camera
Opcom chipcam camera modules
Viiv = upnp = dlna?
Universal remotes with breakout box for devices (basically IR blaster)
Samsung sports camcorder - mpeg4 asp (dumb)
Samsung cameras ptz - see data sheets
Wisecomm wireless camera
Dlink wireless g optical zoom ptz camera
Xavix baseball golf and so on (physical interaction)
Creative Zencast = serious magic = vision
Nokia modeo
Leadtek H.264 based Triple-Play Set-Top Box

Other news:
Google video launched a pay download service
Tivo series 3 - HD and Digital broadcast tuners coming soon.
TiVo Desktop 2.3 Beta: featuring automatic transfers and support for Apple® video iPod™ and Sony PSP™ (Playstation® Portable).

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The Future of Independent Media

GBN: The Future of Independent Media
I thought I linked to this a while ago but I couldn't find it recently when recommending it to a student.

Andrew Blau writes a great essay contemplating Independent Media in the face of the quickly changing technological landscape. A very good read:

From the text:
The technologies that enable us to make and consume motion media are becoming better, cheaper, and more widely available—and with blistering speed. As a consequence, patterns of media production and consumption are changing just as rapidly. The Internet continues to create new opportunities to connect with audiences. Video games are becoming a platform for critique and education. A new generation of media makers and viewers is emerging, which only increases the likelihood of profound change. Images, ideas, news, and points of view are traveling along countless new routes to an ever-growing number of places where they can be seen and absorbed. It is no understatement to say that the way we make and experience motion media will be transformed as thoroughly in the next decade as the world of print was reshaped in the last.

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Digital Living Room - Stalls

The New York Times: David Pogue's Columns (Forum/Message Board)

Well, I can't find the original article (not unusual for the NYTimes site) but the reader feedback on one of David Pogue's columns regarding the digital living room is very interesting. A nice glimpse into what people are using and what they might be using in the future (along with what they are definitely not going to use).

Keep clicking Next after the jump. It goes on and on.

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January 16, 2006

Video Bloggers, get on TiVo

TiVo.com | Contact Us
From the site:
The TiVo Videoblog Project is currently experimenting with ways to make the new medium of videoblogs accessible on television. If you have a videoblog or are interested in participating, please fill out this form.

Anyone tried this yet? (Besides Andrew that is)




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iPod video, will it lead to more streaming video consumption?

Streamingmedia.com: Video iPod Sales Growth Portends Big Things for Streaming Media in 2006
From the article:
The biggest unanswered question, of course, is whether the average consumer, who has preferred her iPod audio and video downloaded, not streamed, will warm to the idea of streaming content that could really be accessed from anywhere she has cell or wireless data service.

My Comments:
It was suggested in the article that the answer might come at CES or at MacWorld. While interesting related items were announced at CES (nothing at MacWorld AFAIK) I don't think this actually has anything to do with what the consumer will actually adopt.

Mobile streaming video.. Hmmn.. Mobile carriers think it is the next big thing. If the iPod video is a success and I think it will be, it will be more about personal control over media and fair pricing than TV anywhere, neither of which the mobile carriers understand. For instance, I can't stream my home movies through Verizon's VCast service but I can offer a download of them through iTunes for iPod consumption.

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More MobVCasting software popping up

Publish Video Messages Online From Your Smartphone - Robin Good's Latest News
From the entry:
A company called ComVu is developing two technologies that allow this to happen by simply using your smartphone. Already in beta: live "one to many" transmission from a mobile device and "do-it-yourself" video networking

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Button Camera and Microphone

AVING - Global News Network
Really interesting Bluetooth button camera.
From the site:
If you wear this button-looking device on your suit, it records the situation of a spot and transmit the data to remote areas using the wireless transmit technology (Bluetooth) in real time. The device detects movements of an object and records them automatically. You can have access and communicate several Self Guard devices from anywhere you can use the internet. So, even if you are not present in the spot, you can install this model in various hidden places and take control of the situation while giving instructions. It comes up with rechargeable battery.

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December 11, 2005

Good WML/WAP related development resources

The Wireless FAQ
WURFL: the Wireless Universal Resource File
Yahoo Groups: wmlprogramming · WML ,XHTML MP and Wireless-related stuff

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December 10, 2005

Build Your Own Geocoding Solution with Geo::Coder::US

Build Your Own Geocoding Solution with Geo::Coder::US
I can think of a couple of classes that could use this. On my list..

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Good Question

Emmy Advanced Media - Television Business News: Who Are The Real Pirates?
Shelly asks a good question that the media companies should be asking themselves. Particularly the music companies. In essence, they need to realize that fair use is fair and good and people WANT media on their own terms.
From the post:
How many times will you buy the same master file? That question is being answered every day on P2P networks, via email and podcasts. Obviously, some consumers are willing to pay for the convenience of not having to bother converting their own files to be used in all of their devices. But there are far more consumers who would rather not pay for the same thing over and over again.

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December 09, 2005

Blue-ray players will run Java

Java to appear in next-gen DVD players | CNET News.com
From the article:
"The Blu-ray Disc Association, the standards body for the format, has decided it will adopt Java for the interactivity standards," said Yasushi Nishimura, director of Panasonic's Research and Development Company of America, speaking at Sun's JavaOne trade show here. "This means that all Blu-ray Disc player devices will be shipped equipped with Java."

Java will be used for control menus, interactive features, network services and games, Nishimura said.

Cool! But as Chris Adamson says, "Gimme some tools!" (from: We Love Blu-Ray Java! It's Perfect! Now Change.

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Future of Television Conference

Beyond TV: TVSpy.com Next Generation TV
So, I went to the Future of Television conference a couple of weeks ago and was somewhat suprised. Last year, I poked my head in to see what was being discussed and it was a big snooze. After checking out the website, I figured it was worth my time this year so I went.

Wow.. I was surprised. You wouldn't know it but there are people in TV who really "get it"... Larry Kramer from CBS most notably get's it.

Here is what I had to say on the day of:
I am writing from Future of Television Conference at NYU's Stern School of Business today. I am here for several reasons, first of all I would like to know what the networks and traditional media concerns think of the scrappy interactive folks. Second, I am here doing recon. Specifically, I would like to know how long video bloggers and other decentralized media creators have before traditional media begins to offer enough of what they are doing to satiate "consumers". (Perhaps that is not exactly my fear but close enough for now.)

First of all, I have to say that Larry Kramer gets it. He really does. He is open to experimentation. At CBS he has launched many interactive initiatives from a broadband news channel to podcasts of daytime soaps to fantasy sports sites to deep entertainment content add-ons to viewer/user photo posting to writer and producer blogs to actual audience participation through SMS. Phew..

CBS isn't the only media company doing this type of experimentation. The other networks, cable and broadcast are doing the same or similar. Notable is ABC News Now, ESPN, Playboy and the like.

The question is, whether or not this is enough. Will this engage and empower viewers enough to keep them despite the ever growing number of alternative content channels. The networks certainly know how to deliver programming to a passive audience. They are just beginning to support a more engaged and digitally connected viewer.

A later speaker in the day, IBM's Saul Berman described the audience by categorizing them in 3 camps. "Massive passives", the folks that CBS has always served, lean back, over 35, want to be entertained but don't feel compelled to buy the latest gadget or create their own media.

The next camp, arguably the focus of most of these efforts he described as "Gadgetiers". He describes this group as heavily involved in content, they are fans, will seek out other individuals who are interested in the same content they are. They will purchase the latest devices, use time shifting (TiVo) and will space shift (TiVo To Go). They are also the heavy buyers, the early adopters, in short, the people that the advertizers (and therefore the networks) covet.

It remains to be seen whether what the networks are starting to do will appeal to this group in the long run. In the short term, it is clear, if you put it out there they will come. How long they stay is another matter.

The last camp, the "Kool kids", the ones really getting all of the attention, are the hardest to understand. He suggests that this is the group that rejects DRM and "walled gardens", in short, the group that wants media on their own terms. This is the group that uses P2P software and is heavily social. They have dream devices that aren't out in the market as of yet.

I know that the kks (short for "Kool kids") are what have network executives up at night. They are the hackers and inventors who are really driving the internet. TV and media in general will fit into their game or be disregarded.

Ok.. So the big question at the end of the day? Will the cable and TV networks run scared and do everything possible to protect their business models or will they embrace the new like they must. My feeling after this conference is that they have learned something from the music industry and will try to embrace but there will still be a major shakeup and Yahoo! and Google just might become the "new" networks. Good or bad.

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December 08, 2005

EPIC is about to arrive, powered by Googlezon

EPIC 2014

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Symbian Dev on OS X

Simon Woodside | HOWTO develop Symbian apps using Mac OS X

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Mologogo - Internet enabled mobile phone tracking


From the site:
Mologogo is a free service that will track a friends GPS enabled cell phone from another phone or on the web. Mologogo also serves as a dirt-cheap tracking system, so go ahead and fauxjack something.

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December 07, 2005

CDMA hacking

Welcome to BitPim
From the site:
BitPim is a program that allows you to view and manipulate data on many CDMA phones from LG, Samsung, Sanyo and other manufacturers. This includes the PhoneBook, Calendar, WallPapers, RingTones (functionality varies by phone) and the Filesystem for most Qualcomm CDMA chipset based phones.

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November 19, 2005

What is an STB?

The Set-Top Sage Knows All, Sees All - New York Times
Don't know, then read this article.

Is it possible create an "open" set top box? One that can decode a signal, whether it be from a cable company, digital tv broadcast or satellite?

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November 17, 2005

DIY Mobile Phones

Build-it-yourself cell phones | CNET News.com
Surj Patel is leading the way towards DIY mobile phones.
Nice CNet article..
Here is a WiFiPhone project: http://www.jesseross.com/wiki/index.php/Site/WiFiPhone




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November 14, 2005

Socialight hits the Times

Post-Its for Passers-By - New York Times
From the article:
Socialight leaves virtual Post-it notes, called sticky shadows, in specific sites around the city. A text message pops up when a cellphone is carried into the designated space, which is generally smaller than a city block but larger than an intersection. Started last month in a Chelsea loft by two 2004 graduates of New York University, Socialight now has dotted the metropolitan region with more than 500 stickies.

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November 13, 2005

SMS signup via phone in

ChristDaily.com Television Commercials by Shelly Palmer
Content aside, the ability to phone in and signup for SMS is great. Such a simple idea, I am surprised that it has been overlooked till now. It would be easy to setup Asterisk to grab caller-id and pump out an SMS message.

Excerpt from site:
these two direct response television commercials show off a new way to subscribe to a brand new information service. The spots offer the audience an opportunity to purchase a subscription to an SMS (short message service) cell phone service via an IVR (interactive voice response) system. This is important because so many cell phone users don't know how to send a text message - but they can easily dial a toll-free number.

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November 06, 2005

Ninjamonkey on Instant Mobile Social Networks

Ninja Monkey Party 411 : Instant Mobile Social Network Or; Listserv + Email-to-SMS Gateway = LOVE
Ninjamonkey describes a service he setup for his birthday party a couple of weeks ago using off the shelf components. Of course the magic sauce was that his crowd includes some tech savvy and highly motivated social drinkers.
From the page:
Social networks and mobile applications are obvious bedfellows, but aside from a few noteables like dodgeball almost nothing has been done to exploit them. The thing that many people may be missing is that SMS is pretty much like email, except with extreme size restrictions (160 characters/message) and controlled solely by the telcos (which is sort of like having a draconian ISP with terrible, terrible service). This means that as long as you can find a way to translate between email and sms (with, say, a publicly available email-to-sms gateway) you can pass messages between them.

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October 31, 2005

Understand the iPod iTunesDB

ITunesDB - wikiPodLinux
From the site:
This page details the format of the binary files used on the iPod to keep track of the music it contains as well as its play history. Collectively we refer to these files as the iTunesDB however there are in fact a number of files, each with their own format, that make up this database.

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September 26, 2005

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet Development Platform

Welcome to maemo.org!
From the site:
Maemo is a development platform to create applications for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet and other maemo compliant handheld devices. It is meant for developers with personal or commercial interests in developing software for handhelds like Internet Tablets. The software and developer community website is contributed to this audience and operated by Nokia. The platform is composed of popular open source software components, which are widely deployed in the leading Linux desktop distributions today.

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September 20, 2005

Nokia donating mobile development code to Eclipse

Nokia to Launch Mobile Project With Eclipse

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September 17, 2005

Opera API for Graphic Interfaces

Device UI toolkit gains low-level graphics API
From the Article:
Opera Software has added a low-level graphics API to its user interface (UI) development toolkit for home media device developers. The addition of GOGI (generic Opera graphical interface) allows Opera's Home Media SDK to build interfaces for devices that lack Qt, X, or other relevant graphical libraries, the company says.

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Hasbro Media Devices for Kids

Hasbro Projector, PVR, Other Gadgets for Kids - Gizmodo
Personal media, seems to be the newest trend in toys.. Crazy.. Good but Crazy..

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The Ultimate Portable Studio

O'Reilly: The Ultimate Portable Studio
Amazing article.. Need to do on the road audio work? Check this article.

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Mobile TV survey results..

Mobile device TV market "small but enthusiastic"
I have one word for mobile TV operators: INTERACTIVITY

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Nokia 770 on the way..

FCC approves Linux-based Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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Vidster

Today @ PC World - Makin' Movies With the Vidster
Mattel has released the "Vidster". A video camera for kids.. Love to take one of these apart and make it into a video blogging tool.

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August 22, 2005

Local Report

local report: home
For those of you wondering what I have been up to for the past month or so, here is your answer: Called, Whitman Local Report, this is a performance piece utilizing mobile phones to create a montage of video "reports" and phone "reports" all in real time (live).
I created some custom software that runs on the phones (Nokia 6710's) to shoot and automatically upload video from the participant's phones (30 of them) and more software to playback the videos as they come in (with some controls for play, pause, stop, next and previous).
Hans, my technical collaborator, took care of setting up an Asterisk server and queue to receive the phone in reports and play those out as they came in.
We have one performance to go, please tune into the live stream, come to the live event or check it out afterwards. The previous 4 are available now if you would like a taste.

Here is some press that I just came across: Art and Innovation Collide

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August 11, 2005

Processing Moving into the Mobile world

Processing 1.0 (BETA)
From the site:
http://mobile.processing.org (coming soon)
Processing Mobile, a programming environment and library for writing software
for mobile phones.

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August 04, 2005

Nokia J2Me Issues *big issues*


Russell Beattie Notebook - Nokia 7650 J2ME Sockets Fun

Russell, thank you. You just saved me hours of trying to figure out why available() wasn't ever returning anything other than 0.

I also want to point out that Nokia's Java support while seemingly great from the outside is dismal once you get into it.

For instance, on my 7610, not only is the function you describe broken but so is the the vibra function in the Nokia UI (their own classes!) as well as the backlight functions.

I have been working on a project for weeks and still have mysterious *poofing* (the app just goes away, no exceptions, no nothing, just poof, gone, kaput) issues with no hope for resolution.

On top of that, I know I am using an older version of the firmware. Ok, how do I get that upgraded? If I was in Europe it seems everyone does it but in the US, nada.

Sad..

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July 22, 2005

An old rumor that is gaining momentum.

business2blog: Scoop: Disney Considering Teaming Up with Apple on Video iPod
Which was first, the product or the rumor? I think perhaps Apple reads the rags for product ideas :-)

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July 19, 2005

Making a phone call with J2ME

Invoking Platform Services in MIDP 2.0
Seems ridiculous that support for this wasn't available earlier.
Oh well, at least you can almost interact with the actual phone now.

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Experience The Experience Of Catapulting Wireless Devices

Experience the Experience!
Fun and informative

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July 18, 2005

Finally, iSync with my Nokia 7610

Litux Wiki : HowToAddDevicesToTigerIsync
The above URL, while somewhat opaque was the key.
Essentially, iSync wasn't working with my Nokia 7610 which it is supposed to. I recently upgraded to Mac OS Tiger which is purported to add support for this phone (and many others) but had no luck. iSync was saying that the device is unsupported.

After searching around and finding many blog entries which showed dismay over this vary subject I came upon the above Wiki entry.

Following it's instructions, I realized the problem, Nokia is identifying the phone as "Nokia 7610b" instead of "Nokia 7610" which is what iSync is expecting.

In order to find this out, I had to download ZTermZTerm (which I haven't used since 1996). Unfortunately, Z-Term was my last thought, after going through Fink and realizing that minicom just wouldn't work (actually, wouldn't install). And after pairing with the phone through the Bluetooth Setup Assistant I was able to connect to it as a modem and run the AT command "AT+CGMM" which returned "Nokia 7610b".

I then edited the MetaClasses.plist file and changed the identifier for the Nokia 7610 to "Nokia+Nokia 7610b" and viola, everything was peachy.

Finally...! I can carry around my contacts, something I haven't been able to do since my Palm died 2 years ago. Who would have guessed something so trivial would be so hard. I almost resorted to paper ;-)

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July 09, 2005

Port Your Java MIDlets to a Palm Device

Port Your Java MIDlets to a Palm Device

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July 08, 2005

Repurpose that disposable camcorder

Boing Boing: Pinouts for CVS's "disposable" camcorder
From Boing Boing:
CVS Pharmacies sell a one-time-use camcorder that you have to bring to their shop once you're ready to get your videos, which are delivered on DVD. Enterprising hackers are racing to reverse-engineer the camcorder so that they can extract their own video and make multiple uses of the camera without paying repeatedly.

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Use Linux to turn your iPod into a recording device

Linux frees iPod's inner recording studio

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June 03, 2005

Archos releases their SDK for the PMA 400

ARCHOS PMA400 SDK
Yes.. It is here.. Now I can get to work. Oops. Gotta spring for one of the units first ;-)

Linux Devices has an article about it as well.

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April 24, 2005

Why don't I have one of these...?

Archos Linux-based portable audio/video player available online
Ok ok, $800 is a bit rich for me at the moment but I would love to try some things out on one of these. The combination of Linux/WiFi/Touchscreen an video capture really gets my motor running. Hmmmmnn.. No SDK available yet (but promised). Needs a JVM and a Skype port (I think it would sell like gangbusters then)
From the site:
The much-ballyhood Linux-based "fourth generation" Archos PMA400 personal video recorder/player (PVR/PVP) -- with a 3.5-inch color LCD, 30GB hard drive, wireless Internet access, Qtopia PIM suite, and lots of other cool features -- is now available for purchase online from Archos's website.According to Archos, the PMA400 can record video directly from a TV, VCR, cable box, or satellite receiver. It can also record and play music. A browser interface for scheduling recordings can be accessed over the Internet. The device can also be used to view photos, play games, or run third-party Linux applications of all kinds, the company says.

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April 23, 2005

Are you watching, listening and reading those ads?

Arbitron%u2019s Portable People Meter - Engadget - www.engadget.com /
Track human to ad exposure.. I suppose it could work. I would like to wear one just to see how much advertising I am exposed to throughout the day. Be pretty interesting to see if I can remember any of it :-)

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April 07, 2005

Will this turn video blogging into the next podcasting..?

HOW-TO: PSPcasting on your Mac - Engadget - www.engadget.com.
I might have to get one of these nifty PSP thingamagigs now.. I would like to see a couple more hacks to them first, like the addition of a web browser or a JVM. Anybody know any of those projects are underway?

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March 20, 2005

TV on your mobile

Just some links:
MobiTV
Verizon VCast

Use that data.. Not at $30/MB (like I get charged from ATTWireless)..

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Cameraphones as personal storytelling media

TheFeature :: Cameraphones as Personal Storytelling Media
Nice article from Howard Rheingold:
The cameraphone exists at this moment in that ephemeral, potent and confusing phase of its adoption cycle where people are still deciding what kind of social medium it is.

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MIDP 2.0 on the Mac.. It works!!!

mpowerplayer sdk
From the site:
The mpowerplayer software developer kit includes the mpowerplayer as a standalone application. It's a pure Java emulator implementing MIDP 2.0 and MMAPI, suitable for integration with your favorite environment and IDE. Third-party integration efforts exist for Ant, Eclipse, Idea, and we hear of more efforts almost daily.
For OS X-based developers, the mpowerplayer sdk is your best (and only) option for MIDP 2.0 development and it includes Sun's preverify tool as a native executable.
The mpowerplayer sdk is a free download - we encourage you to use our emulator as a standard part of your tool chain to reduce your build/debug cycle as well as to ensure your content runs great on the mpowerplayer. Get it today.

I can verify that it works!!! Finally doing MIDP 2 programming on my Mac. Now all I need is Eclipse integration and I will be flying high.

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Ubiquity allows innovation to flourish


iPod/MP3 Player Adoption At Tipping Point

Podcasting is most definitely here.

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March 06, 2005

Mobile Video on the Go

Mobile Video on the Go
Nice Blog about wearable, geo-located video production and consumption..

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February 08, 2005

Gone Fishin'

bluefish
Ian's BlueTooth Project:
Bluefish is a surveillance system which tracks the presence of Bluetooth devices, and their users.
Bluefish constantly scans for Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as phones, PDA's, and wireless peripherals. When a new device is found, Bluefish takes a picture of the area in which the device is discovered and catalogues all retrievable information about the device. If the device is ever discovered again, the user will be sent the last image captured of them via Bluetooth. All images are tagged with the device's name and the time it was last observed.

Over time, a profile is built for each discovered device, making it possible to track individual users who frequent the scanning area.

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February 03, 2005

NYTimes rounds up the WiFi phone scene

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > What's Next: Phones to Use Wi-Fi Instead of Cellular Systems, or Both

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December 21, 2004

New forms of media delivery


Santa Delivers New Forms of Media Delivery

Nice summation of some of the interesting going-on's over the past year. Podcasting, iPods, Digital Media Servers/Centers, Juice boxes and more.. It has definitely been an interesting one.

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December 17, 2004

Linksys WVC11B Redux

In an earlier post here and on unmediated I talked about how I hoped that Linksys WVC11B and WVC54G wireless cameras that claim MPEG-4 support lived up to their promises.

Well, I was given one as a gift and sadly out of the box they don't support true MPEG-4 streaming. What they have is an Active X control that displays some variant of Microsoft's MPEG-4 codec. After doing some port scans, as suggested in the comments of one of the posts, I can confirm that they do not have any network services running other than httpd (port 80). Also strange is that I am unable to view the streams from Windows Media Player on the Mac or PC but I am able to view the stream via mPlayer on the Mac.. Otherwise, IE on the PC is the only other way to view the streams (no Mac support for the ActiveX control).

Thankfully the firmware is open source! Let the hacking begin!

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December 13, 2004

Vonage goes after Video Conferencing

Gizmodo : Vonage and Viseon Unveil Videochat
From the post: Vonage has announced today a team-up with Viseon to provide a Videophone-over-IP service that will be shown in beta form at CES.

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December 08, 2004

BroadSnatching - Get that Content

HOW-TO: BroadSnatching to a Portable Media Center - Engadget - www.engadget.com
From the article:
Getting video on a Portable Media Center is a fairly complicated task, but not because its all that hard, its just because no one has ever shown folks how. Its a lot easier if you have a Media Center PC (MCE), but even if you dont have an MCE, we showed you how to put DVDs on your Portable Media Center when we reviewed the Creative Zen.

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Art Mobs

Art Mobs
Opens tonight.. Cool, I thought I missed it already. They are pulling together some fun social and emerging technologies, Text Messaging, PodCasting and more.

From the site:
Guests are invited to share their experience of student artworks by text messaging on their mobile phones. View the work while reading the most recent 4 text messages left by othersthen leave your own message for the next guests. Guests may also download podcasts of interviews with several of the artists about their works. View the work while listening to the podcast on your iPod or other mp3 player

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December 06, 2004

ITP Winter Show 2004

ITP Winter Show 2004
Sunday, December 19 from 2 to 6pm
Monday, December 20 from 5 to 9pm

A two-day explosion of interactive sight, sound and technology from the student artists and innovators at ITP.

An oversized Greenwich Village loft houses the computer labs, rotating exhibitions, and production workshops that are ITP -- the Interactive Telecommunications Program. Founded in 1979 as the first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP has grown into a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds. A hands-on approach to experimentation, production and risk-taking make this hi-tech fun house a creative home not only to its 230 students, but also to an extended network of the technology industry's most daring and prolific practitioners.

Interactive Telecommunications Program
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 4th Floor South
New York NY 10003

Take the left elevators to the 4th Floor
This event is free and open to the public

No need to RSVP

For questions: 212-998-1880
email: itp.inquiries@nyu.edu
http://itp.nyu.edu/show

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Hillary support's The INDUCE Act

I was dismayed to learn that Senator Hillary Clinton has come out and in fact co-sponsored Senator Hatch's Induce Act. What follows is a draft of a letter that I am writing to Sen. Clinton to express my concern. I hope that others will do the same.

Here is some background material:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:S.2560:
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,64315,00.html
http://techlawadvisor.com/induce/
http://www.corante.com/importance/archives/004563.html
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20040618-3906.html
http://www.futureofmusic.org/articles/INDUCEanalysis.cfm
http://action.eff.org/site/pp.asp?c=esJNJ5OWF&b=164928

Like your iPod, read this:
http://www.eff.org/IP/Apple_Complaint.php

Please comment on the letter as you see fit.


Dear Senator Clinton,

I was dismayed to learn that you have come out in support of Senator Hatch's Induce Act. I hope that on further consideration of the issues that this bill covers that you change your stance to better reflect the opinions of your constituents and for the betterment of our society.

The Induce act as it currently is written does much to stifle free-speech, artistic and fair uses of media. Imposing legal responsibility on the makers of devices and software for illegal use such device or software will create a burden so great on manufacturers and creators of such programs that they will not develop or offer products that have potential for misuse.

I fear that by trying to curb the theft of copyrighted material you will instead be curbing the ability for individuals and groups with legitimate uses for the technology that enables such to use it. Being thoroughly immersed in an academic and artistic atmosphere, I am witness every day to fair uses of technology that would not exist today were such a law in existence. In fact I feel that the software that I am using to write this letter would not have been developed simply because it includes the ability to cut and paste text from any source into the document.

I believe that should this Bill become law that it will undo much of the progress of free-speech and alternative media creation that has been enabled by the internet, personal electronic devices, computers, tape recorders and so on. Furthermore it will be a giant step backwards and lead to increased power by the media and further relegate citizens to the role of consumer without a voice.

I hope that you will reconsider your position on this matter.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Shawn Van Every

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Solar powered batteries, on your back..

Voltaic Backpack, Solar Backpack, Solar Bag
Now when you are out on the street and your laptop (I haven't verified that this will power a laptop) is running out of juice, you can plug it into your back and keep on going. Looks heavy but I guess we are stuck with this type of thing until some miraculous battery technology breakthrough comes.

From the site:
The Voltaic backpack is a mobile power source, designed to charge your gadgets without tying you to a power outlet.

Thanks to Betsy for the link.

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November 15, 2004

Just what I have been looking for...

MCE QuickStream DV - Portable, FireWire DV Capture Drive

This is a portable hard drive recorder that you plug directly into your camcorder and capture video to. AWESOME.
Over at unmediated.org, kenyatta says that he heard a collective shrug over the first version. I think the collective must be CRAZY. This would cut down on the "time to web" by 10 fold (at least for me). Too bad it is soo expensive. Perhaps I will make some real money again and be able to buy one :-)
From the site:
The revolutionary MCE QuickStream DV, now in its second generation, has re-engineered the entire Digital Video (DV) workflow by completely eliminating the inefficient, time consuming step of transferring (or capturing) DV footage from your DV camcorder tapes into your Mac or PC non-linear editing (NLE) system... The lightweight, portable, self-powered QuickStream DV connects directly to your DV camcorder and captures your DV footage to its miniature high performance hard drive on-the-fly, straight from your camcorder's FireWire port, in your choice of ready-to-edit file formats (.mov, .avi, .dv, and others) while you are shooting! When done shooting, simply unplug the QuickStream DV from your camcorder's FireWire (IEEE 1394, i.LINK, etc.) port and plug it into your computer system's FireWire port and your DV footage is ready for editing and/or viewing... IMMEDIATELY!

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November 03, 2004

Remote control of your Mac through Bluetooth

Salling Software

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October 30, 2004

PHP Library for encoding and decoding MMS messages

Hellkvist.org - Software
From the site:
mslib is a PHP library for encoding and decoding MMS:es. MMS is short for Multimedia Messaging Service. In short it is the successor of SMS (Short Message Service) with the enhancements that you can not only send text but basically any content type your phone can handle such as images, text, videos, ring signals and audio clips.

With this library you can create messages and add multimedia parts such as JPEG, GIF, AMR, MIDI and so on. Messages received from phones can also be unpacked and attachments can be extracted. The library also contains a limited MMS sending functionality that uses a HTTP service to send SMS:es. You would probably have to change the actual implementation of the SMS sending to fit your way of sending SMS:es (if it is over serial port, to a real SMSC or through some other type of HTTP service). This is all done with the three classes MMSDecoder, MMSEncoder and MMSNotifyer.

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October 27, 2004

I can't wait for the hacks

Apple - iPod Photo

Here is what I think is missing:
Bluetooth for getting images from your phone or sending to others (phones or iPods)
A mechanism for downloading photos from your camera
QuickTime Capture (from an external camera via Firewire or USB), QuickTime Playback and anything else related to QuickTime.

(How fast can it change between images, can video be simulated?)

Wouldn't it be nice to plug in your iSight and record a video...

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October 26, 2004

A couple of sites that handle SMS/MMS to Web posting for you

Welcome to Airblogging.com

mms2web.com home

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Chapter 3 of J2ME Application Development

MIDP Programming with J2ME
A good/useful chapter, looks to be a good book for cell phone development.

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October 22, 2004

Turn off that TV!!!!

TV-B-Gone is Coming Soon...
I wish they weren't sold out already!

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October 21, 2004

Cell phone film fest

Cellular Cinema Festival, Cell Phone Festival, Movies for the small screen,
digital movies, indie films, joe miale, ZoieFest 2004! Celebrating Award Winning
Films from Around the World!

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October 13, 2004

Steve Mann's EyeTap, GNUX pages

EyeTap Personal Imaging Lab
Some interesting information on wearable computing, mediated reality and more.

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October 10, 2004

Cringely writes about the Ultimate wireless neighborhood (which exists up in Ontario)

PBS | I, Cringely . Archived Column
Andrew Greig has setup something amazing, DIY all the way. A big satellite fed Myth TV setup, WiFi, VOIP and Sharp Zaurus thin clients serving his entire neighborhood. Wow...!

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Open Source SMS Gateway

Kannel 1.2.1 User's Guide
A snippet from the Kannel (open source WAP and SMS gateway) User guide:
If you do not have such access, you can still use Kannel as an SMS gateway via phone-as-SMSC feature, by using a GSM phone as a virtual SMS center.

Very nice!

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October 09, 2004

Hack A Day tells us how to add RSS feeds to TiVo

add rss feeds to series 1 and series 2 tivos - hack a day - www.hackaday.com

Now we just need to read the enclosures, download the Torrents and add them to the menu.. Has it been done (on TiVo)?

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October 07, 2004

iPodder 1.0 released

iPodder, the cross-platform Podcast receiver.
So the question is, what is a Podcast?. The answer: An audio bloggers wet dream.

Someone needs to make something like this for the video blogging community. I know, i know, people are working on it but we don't have a dominant video device with the market share of the iPod yet (and that is a requirement).

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September 30, 2004

Howard writes about how text messaging is changing the face of world politics

TheFeature :: Political Texting: SMS and Elections
From the article:
Texting and electoral politics are the strange bedfellows of the 21st century. The use of SMS for political action is only in its infancy, but has already enabled citizens to topple governments and tip elections from Manila to Madrid. The electoral power of texting could be an early indicator of future social upheaval: whenever people gain the power to organize collective action on new scales, in new places, at new tempos, with groups they had not been able to organize before, societies and civilizations change.

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September 23, 2004

Mobile Phone Dev Nirvana

Benhui.net the harmony of mobile development
Great information on Bluetooth, J2ME, MIDP 2 and more.

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Oooh, ahhhh.. An SLR WiFi Camera

Gizmodo : Nikon D2X, 12.4-Megapixel DSLR
If only I could afford it. This is networked photography the way it should be! Throw away that stinky camera phone and join the WiFi revolution (just kidding, really)

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September 10, 2004

Engadget gives some info on Song's in air Linux system

Song Airlines' Linux-based distributed media system - Engadget - www.engadget.com

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September 03, 2004

Microsoft unveils it's Portable Media Center

Tech Digest: Microsoft's Portable Media Center on its way
TechDigest gives a nice run down on the positive and negative aspects of this new gadget.
What I would like to hear about it authoring of interactive content for these types of devices. Anyone know?

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August 29, 2004

Bikes Against Bush creator arrested during interview

NYC IMC: feature/106015
Josh arrested while demonstrating his polictically motivated bicycle to Ron Reagan. Talk about ridiculous arrests, his bike sprays chalk messages on the street/sidewalk. A little water and the message is erased. Are they going to start arresting kids who draw hopscotch squares on the sidewalk?

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August 13, 2004

A nice little media player for PalmOS

MMPlayer: a powerful mobile media player

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August 12, 2004

Music downloads on mobiles

SmartPhoneToday: News: Listen Up, Music On Way to Mobile Phones
Nothing there yet but Motorola has hooked up with Apple (iTunes) and Nokia with Loudeye to provide this..

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Live mobile video

Inetcam - iMViewer Mobile Client
Interesting, video streaming for BREW enabled phones. I will have to see this one to believe it.

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D-Link Pan Tilt Zoom Wireless Camera

802.11G Wireless Internet Security Camera
Very nice...! I just hope that the MPEG-4 encoding is real, not an MPEG-4 codec wrapped in an AVI file. If they would implement standard MPEG-4 it would open up a HUGE range possibilities.

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June 01, 2004

Airtexting..!

Joi Ito's Web: Will airtexting BlackBerry become the mobile hecklebot?
From the site:
By waving the Nokia 3220 camera phone from side to side, the LED lights of the Nokia Xpress-on FunShell light up to "write" a message that appears to float in mid-air.

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May 31, 2004

Wearables conference

ISWC '04
Colocated with IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
From the site:
ISWC 2004, the eighth annual IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, will bring together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and all other interested parties to share information and advances in wearable computing. We invite you to attend ISWC 2004 and submit to one or more of the following categories: papers, posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and exhibits.

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Engadget reviews some ITP work

Engadget visits NYU's ITP Spring Show - Engadget - www.engadget.com

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May 18, 2004

Turn that Game Boy into an embedded development environment

Charmed Labs
Check out the Xport 2.0!

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May 17, 2004

What is the dominant party where you are right now?

Red | Blue from Gravity Monkey
Good illustration of some of the interesting software that may be developed with cell phones as they start integrating various technologies and bridges between them with J2ME.
From the site:
red | blue (pronounced 'red or blue') is a free Java app that figures out where you stand, or perhaps more accurately, where you are standing in our politically polarized country.

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May 06, 2004

Linux Unwired, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPRS on Linux

oreilly.com -- Online Catalog: Linux Unwired
Anyone want to buy this book for me?
From the description:
Linux Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for on-the-go Linux users. Whether you're considering Wi-Fi as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, using Bluetooth to network devices in your home or office,or want to use cellular data plans for access to data nearly everywhere, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Linux, and how to take advantage of them.

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April 25, 2004

Ambient chandeliers!


Yahoo! News - Chandeliers shaken by crystal SMSs

From the article:
"It's time to shake up the industry. There are too many chandeliers around with no life and soul -- just expensive cookie-cutter designs," said Nadja Swarovski, grand-daughter of the company's founder and vice president of communications.

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April 24, 2004

Mobile phone app for urban community connections

Jabberwocky
Liz Goodman, an ITP alum worked on this project while working at the Intel Research Berkeley lab.
From the description:
Jabberwocky is a freely available mobile phone application designed to promote urban community connections and a sense of familiarity, anxiety, and play in public urban places.

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Blind users can see with a camera and laptop

Wright State University Communications and Marketing
No not really, but this is an interesting project. From the article:
Tyflos, the Greek word for blind, is the name of the portable, wearable device Bourbakis has developed. The partnering project at ASU is called iLearn. A tiny camera is mounted to glasses and connected by a thin wire to a modified lap-top computer the individual carries on his or her back. The Tyflos system operates by identifying the images "seen" by the camera and converting this to audio information the subject hears from small wires connected from the backpack to the ear. A small microphone is attached for receiving commands or requests from the user.

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April 14, 2004

Cell phones supporting interactive FM radio

Nokia, HP 'Visualize' Mobile Radio
Nokia is apparently making a couple of handsets that are capable of receiving FM broadcasts and synchronizing visuals and other media elements. Very interesting...
From the article:
"The FM radio capabilities are based on standard tuners embedded in the handset. The Visual Radio service picks up a user's location over GPRS and is able to pinpoint which radio stations are in the area," Reidar Wasenius, Nokia senior project manager told internetnews.com.

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April 07, 2004

Now THESE are TV's

transvision
Chekout the Flash version of this site as well: http://www.transvision.us/
From the site:
Transvision's intent is to change you're relationship with what you are seeing rather than simply mindlessly relaying information. Each of the fully functional televisions proffers new prototypes for watching and reconceptualizing our ideas about television. These new schemes of interface problematize the act of watching TV by imbedding interaction into a medium traditionally resolved to the goal of complacency. The individual transformations in Transvision expose the power of the mediating object, reanimating both the content and the viewer while cutting through the static and stasis of media. Whatever you do, don't sit back and relax.

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Webcams go mobile

EarthCam Mobile - Webcam Service for Mobile Phones - MyCam
The clearinghouse for webcams has a mobile service. I am still waiting for the mobile to mobile service and software but this is a start.
From the site:
EarthCam, the leading network of live webcams, is now available on any web-enabled mobile device.

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April 04, 2004

A new phone platform (based on Java)

SavaJe - Company
From the site:
SavaJe OS is an operating system and applications platform for mobile phones and wireless devices. Key design goals for the platform are:
A universal, open platform for mobile phones
The optimal platform for running Java applications
Provide complete security for resident, distributed and downloaded applications
Enable a deep and richly customizable user interface and allow application branding by OEM and/or operator

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April 02, 2004

Wearable light jewelry

Moi

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April 01, 2004

Sharp to release a new Linux PDA

Sharp launches "Enterprise" Zaurus to boldly go... anywhere
From the article:
Sharp plans to ship its Linux-based Zaurus SL-6000 PDA early in 2004, supported by IBM middleware and Sprint wireless services for connecting with enterprise apps from most anywhere. Sharp's new 640x480 high-brightness VGA display tops the list of hardware enhancements, along with "laptop-like" performance and a ruggedized case.

Includes 64mb flash memory, 400mhz xscale, 802.11 wireless networking, linux, java and more..

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March 31, 2004

P2P, 802.11b, handhelds and radio, a combination made in my heaven

tunA
From MIT via Gizmodo:
tunA is a mobile wireless application that allows users to share their music locally through handheld devices. Users can "tune in" to other nearby tunA music players and listen to what someone else is listening to. Developed on iPaqs and connected via 802.11b in ad-hoc mode, the application displays a list of people using tunA that are in range, gives access to their profile and playlist information, and enables synchronized peer-to-peer audio streaming.

Thanks to Dan for the link.

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March 26, 2004

Nice discussion of early animation and game programming in J2ME (MIDP 1.0)

Programming Games in J2ME (SYS-CON)

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March 24, 2004

Unless I am completely nuts, Rob Glaser doesn't have a clue

Real's Glaser exhorts Apple to open iPod | CNET News.com
From the article:
Because Apple's iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real's Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users.
"Apple's (market) share will go down if they continue to do this. The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes," Glaser said, referring to downloads purchased from online music stores. In addition to iTunes songs, the iPod can play files encoded in the MP3 format, including tracks ripped from CDs.

Hey Rob, the iPod supports MP3, duh!!! If you would open up, then you would be fine, but no, Real/Rhapsody does do MP3, does it..!? Wait, Rhapsody does support Mac users either, hows that for open.. He he he, Glaser is full of it..

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March 23, 2004

Mobile phones go academic

Sociology of the Mobile Phone

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March 22, 2004

A blog for moblogs

Moblogging.org
As they say:
Software, Hardware and regularly updated news regarding moblogging.

News, Mobloggers, Software and more..

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Phone browser, Opera on Nokia phones

Opera for Series 60 tutorial
From the site:
The Opera Web browser for Smartphones is a full Internet browser that allows all access to any Web site, just as with a desktop computer. Opera is included on the Nokia 6600 as part of a complimentary sales package for Europe and Africa and is easily downloadable for the Siemens SX1, Nokia N-gage, Nokia 3650, and Nokia 7650.

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Flashy phones

Macromedia - Products : Mobile and Devices: Flash Lite
From Macromedia:
Macromedia Flash Lite is a new Macromedia Flash profile specifically developed for mobile phones. This profile is designed to require fewer device resources and to operate in most mass-market phones shipping this year.

A good list of supported devices can be found on the site..

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Using Java to take pictues with your phone

Taking Pictures with MMAPI
Jonathan Knudsen's article does a good job explaining some of the basics of using the Java/J2ME MMAPI (Mobile Media API) on camera phones. I can't wait for my Nokia 6620!!

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March 20, 2004

Joi using a 35mm digital camera

Joi Ito's Web: Switching to Canon EOS "Kiss/300D" Digital for my 35mm photography
"Switching to Canon EOS "Kiss/300D" Digital for my 35mm photography" -- Nice, takes standard lenses and everything...

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Another TiVo for internet radio

Griffin is now selling the RadioShark
Here is a couple of similar products on this site: Radio YourWay and Replay Radio

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March 17, 2004

Makers of Modern Lava Lamps

mathmos - the original since 1963
I like the sound responsive Tuba.. Looks like an ITP project, LEDs in some funky plastic mold that respond to sound.

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Light Everything...

Lighted Costumes & Custom LED Fashion Section - Lightgod.com
LEDs and ElWire everywhere!
Light Up Ice Cubes, Lighted Wine, Martini, Margarita & Champagne Glasses + an Amazing Selection of Light Up LED Drinkware
Glow Lights, Battery Operated Lights, Flashing Jewelry, Body Lights & Light Up Toy Section
Light Up Promotional Items, Lighted Corporate Gifts & Glowing Imprinted Products
Party Lights, String Lights, Neon Lights, Fiber Optics, LED Lights, Black Lights, Strobe Lights & Decorative Lighting Products
Lighted Costumes & Custom LED Fashion Section

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March 15, 2004

Record a movie on your phone

SmartPhoneToday: News: Record Video on Treo 600 with MovieRec
From the article:
Currently in the alpha stage of development, MovieRec is more or less a proof of concept, demonstrating that video capture is possible with the Treo 600.
The site referenced: http://www.infinityball.com/

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March 14, 2004

"Where are you!?!"

Simeda :: SounderCover
Crazy:
SounderCover gives you the ability to add a background sound to any incoming or outgoing call, giving the impression that you really are in the environment where the background sound is normally heard.

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March 10, 2004

Palm and J2ME.. Very nice

Hand in Hand with PalmSource
Excerpt from the article:
Also at the conference, PalmSource announced it has licensed IBM's WebSphere MicroEnvironment Java 2 Micro Edition and the WebSphere Studio Device Developer toolset. PalmSource will integrate WME into its platform, making it easier for the huge community of Java developers to create apps for the Palm OS. It will also let Palm developers execute Java MIDlet applications on Palm devices.

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Dream a little dream

Dream Workshop by Takara
From the site:
Takara Co., Ltd (President and CEO, Keita Satoh) is pleased to announce the current development of a device which helps users to attain the dreams of, well, their dreams. Called Yumemi Koubou (Japanese for "Dream Viewing Workshop" ), this product is designed to help people shape their dreams in sleep, combining multi-sensory stimulus and sophisticated sleep-dream research to create an environment conducive to having a specific dream desired by the user.

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March 06, 2004

Another ultra-portable PC

Flipstart PC by Vulcan - FlipStart PC in detail
I would like to see one of these side by side an OQO (or whatever this: http://www.walking-productions.com/slop/cat_hardware.html#000426 is called).

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March 05, 2004

Receiver

receiver
Vodafone's online magazine about mobile art, media and philosophy. Nicely done.
From the site:
Wireless telecommunications have entered the media arts, and in accordance with their original functionality, they invigorated the discursive powers of various art forms. Terms like communication and interactivity acquire new significance in museum surroundings, in electronic music, architectural projects, and even poetry. Let's have a look at art the wireless way

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Crazy cell phone add-ons

CommsDesign - The brave new world of cellphone add-ons

I am fond of the X-PandaCam though the article focuses on the anti-sperm beam...

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Some interesting developments from Microsoft Research

Wired News: Does SenseCam Make Any Sense?
From the article:
The prototype responds to changes such as bright lights and sudden movements and might one day even respond to other stimuli such as heart rate or skin temperature -- to track medical problems as easily as to record a Hawaiian vacation. And it could eventually link with other technology, such as face recognition to remind wearers when they've seen someone before.

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February 26, 2004

TiVo for Radio

MP3 Players - Radio YourWay - Remote Controls MP3 Players-Recorders- AudioRave-RipFlash
From the site:
Record any AM/FM broadcast in a digital format with ease

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Bill Day's J2ME Site

BillDay.com J2ME Archive
From the site:
Archive information on developing applications and services written for Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition powered devices, including related technologies such as JTWI, MIDP, CLDC, and the KVM.

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Colin P. Fahey's Mobile Phone Development site

WWW.COLINFAHEY.COM : Mobile Phone Development

Mobile Phone Development, J2ME, Brew and more...

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Gadget fashion show

Guardian Unlimited | Online | Model mobiles
From the article:
Micro-skirted models wearing communicating necklaces or funky watch phones, such as those from Seiko, drew a big audience at 3GSM, the annual get-together of the mobile industry. Among the fashionable items on the catwalk was a jacket that can change according to your mood. Feeling psychedelic? Just send a text to transmit a psychedelic image to the display panel on the jacket

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J2ME tutorial..

Wireless Development Tutorial Part I

Wireless Development Tutorial

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February 25, 2004

TiVo to your friends favs

RSSTV: Syndication for your PVR
From the site:
We propose to share program information by building on existing syndication infrastructure. Specifically, we'll add a number of namespaced elements as an extension to RSS. The value formats for these elements will be taken directly from XMLTV, a source of publically available program information.

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February 19, 2004

Flying bots are coming to form grey goo near you

Silicon Chip Online - Epson Develops World's Smallest Flying Microrobot

Epson Develops World's Smallest Flying Microrobot

How soon before they can reproduce...;-)

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February 09, 2004

Did anyone apply for the job?

Video iPod? - The Unofficial Apple Weblog - apple.weblogsinc.com

The "video iPod"? romor has been floating around for a while so until they go on sale its all still speculation. This ZDNet story talk about some of the reasoning behind the rumors, and what might come of them, and when.

Posted by vanevery at 09:55 PM

Wireless messaging

Simplewire : Home

Simplewire is a wireless messaging infrastructure and software provider. Its unique platform and accompanying tools ease the process of creating wireless applications for businesses, telecommunications carriers, and software developers. The Simplewire Wireless Messaging Network currently supports 400+ networks in over 150 countries. Its SMS Software Development Kit seamlessly integrates into applications of all types, while its Wireless Message Protocol Server provides the ideal foundation for a full spectrum of customizable solutions. Hence, Simplewire's comprehensive suite of products and services connects users in an array of industries to the global wireless world.

Posted by vanevery at 05:46 PM

February 08, 2004

Work that game..

A Joystick That Challenges You to Sweat

More about the workout/game playing device(s). One question, does it have any haptics (feedback)? Here is the manufacturer: http://www.powergridfitness.com

Posted by vanevery at 01:37 PM

February 03, 2004

Flea at MIT

http://mit.edu/w1gsl/Public/flyer

I hear it is THE place to find all kindsa crazy hardware and electronics from bygone days..

Posted by vanevery at 01:03 AM

February 01, 2004

Mobile phone news and dev and whacking

MobileWhack

Posted by vanevery at 11:07 PM

Pan, Tilt and Track Webcam

Logitech > Cameras > QuickCam Orbit

Unfortunately it is USB and not FireWire. Probably no MacOS support either.

From the site:
You've never seen anything like the unique combination of form and function of the QuickCam Orbit. It features a black, ball-shaped camera that sits atop a nine-inch-high stand at your eye level. Why? So that you'll get optimal face time during your video calls or video instant messaging (IM) sessions. And when you move, it actually follows you around! The QuickCam Orbit mechanically and automatically turns left and right for almost a 180-degree horizontal view or up and down for almost 90-degree top-to-bottom view. So your smiling face will always stay in the picture.

Posted by vanevery at 04:17 PM

Internet watches... ;-)

Suunto
From the site:
Suunto n3, the first in a new line of smart wristop computers that combine the quality and features from Suunto with access to timely, glanceable information provided by Microsofts MSN Direct Service. The Suunto n3 offers a variety of features that will streamline daily tasks and enhance daily life - a stylish and unique information source for people who want to be in the know while on the go. Owners will be able to receive customized information to their wrist discretely and automatically - Microsofts MSN Direct Service ensures that the information they need is up-to-date and ready at a glance.

Fossil has another MS powered watch is: http://www.fossil.com/jump.jsp?iMainCat=450&itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=451.

Fossil also has a Palm powered watch: http://www.fossil.com/jump.jsp?iMainCat=447&itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=448

Posted by vanevery at 04:08 PM

January 31, 2004

Computer games that involve excersize

GETUPMOVE.COM - Story Mode
From the site:
I started playing Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) at the age of 17
with the very first version that was released to the United States, DDR Version 1.5. The first time I saw the game was at Gameworks arcade in Seattle, where tons of people were crowded around the DDR machine to watch different players dance. At this time, I was a senior in high school and weighed about 235 lbs. Four and a half years later, I now weigh close to 140 lbs and I wouldve never guessed how much that trip (OR a video game) would affect me with my health/weight, and in growing to be a better, more self-confident person.

Posted by vanevery at 01:25 PM

January 28, 2004

Robot journalists

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Robo-reporter goes to war

From the article:
A robotic war correspondent that can get to places even veteran correspondent John Simpson cannot reach is being developed in the US.
The Afghan Explorer looks like a cross between a lawnmower and a robotic dog and has been designed to travel to war zones to provide images, sound and interviews from hostile environments off-limits to human reporters.

Another article: "Robot reporter puts a new spin on things" available at http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/03/27/1017089547673.html

Thanks to Hans for the links.

Posted by vanevery at 02:57 AM

January 27, 2004

Mobile mobile mobile

Mobile Phone News and Reviews (MobileBurn)

ps. I want my 6620

Posted by vanevery at 02:07 AM

January 25, 2004

DIY Video Projector

Build your own LCD Video Projector

A great archived listserv is available here: http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=281

Another interesting publication here: http://lumenlab.com/

Posted by vanevery at 09:59 PM

Interesting ultra-portable (somewhere between a pda and a laptop) computer coming this year (2004)

oqo: hardware: basics

From the site:
The OQO computer has all the functionality of an ultraportable notebook computer, with a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, color transflective display (for easy indoor and outdoor viewing), 802.11b wireless, a removable lithium-polymer battery, and FireWireѢ and USB 1.1 ports. For input and navigation it includes thumb keyboard with TrackStikѢ and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel.

Posted by vanevery at 04:58 PM

January 22, 2004

Java Devices

J2ME Devices

Looking for J2ME devices? You've come to the right place.

Posted by vanevery at 11:54 AM

This is the phone I want...

Nokia 6620

The Nokia 6620 imaging phone offers advanced messaging capabilities. The integrated camera lets users record video clips as well as capture VGA (640 x 480-pixel) images. The ability to share images and messages via Multimedia Message Service (MMS), e-mail, infrared, and Bluetooth makes the Nokia 6620 phone suitable for both mobile lifestyle and business applications.
Developers will also appreciate the Nokia 6620 phone's use of the latest in mobile technology, including support for JavaѢ MIDP 2.0 applications, MMS, XHTML content, and high-speed content (over EDGE). The Nokia 6620 phone is a tri-band device developed for the Americas market; data carrier support is CSD, GPRS, EGPRS, and EDGE. Note that messaging functions, Java application downloads, XHTML browsing, and high-speed access all require operator and network support.

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January 16, 2004

Electric shock for game feed back..!

Wired News: No Pain, No Game

Reiff and Morawe are not the only ones to flirt with the idea of electric shock controllers and joysticks as a means of introducing greater realism into computer gaming.

Posted by vanevery at 12:57 PM

January 15, 2004

MPEG-4, Coming to a camcorder near you..

MPEG-4 Camcorders: Boom OR Bust?

At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, two companies made what seem to be the first serious attempts at MPEG-4 dedicated, tape-less camcorders. These digital camcorders claim to have advantages of high video compression, they are tightly housed within attractive, small profiles and generally are tapeless. Most of the models being introduced use either Secure Digital cards or write directly onto an internal hard drive.

Posted by vanevery at 09:59 PM

January 09, 2004

Video mixing gets packaged

Pioneer Electronics Announced New DVJ-X1

From the site:
Pioneer Electronics announced its new DVJ-X1 digital audio and video turntable, which allows users to manipulate and playback synchronized digital audio and video.

DJs will be able to use Pioneer's new unit to manipulate DVD visuals in the same way as they would music. So real-time digital video scratches, loops and instant cues are all possible with the DVJ-X1, while the video and audio streams stay in sync, even when they're being reversed and pitched. The DVJ-X1 brings together existing A/V technologies into a single unit that interfaces with currently available software and hardware.

Posted by vanevery at 02:31 AM

Shake for light.. Tell me how it works..!

Forever Flashlight Home Page

From the site:
The Forever Flashlight uses the Faraday Principle of Electromagnetic Energy that guarantees replacement parts will never be needed!

Super bright Blue LED

Never needs batteries

Never needs bulbs

Waterproof

Floats in water

Great for cars, boats and campers and all emergency kits.
15-30 Seconds of shaking provides up to 5 minutes of
continuous bright light!

Posted by vanevery at 02:17 AM

December 18, 2003

Projecting onto thin air?!?

IO2 Technology : Heliodisplay- Interactive Free-Space Display

From the site:
The Heliodisplay projects full color streaming video into free space (i.e. air). It is plug-and-play compatible with most video sources (TV, DVD, computer, etc.). These non-holographic images can be fully interactive, allowing a hand or finger to select, navigate and manipulate as if it were a virtual touch screen.

How does it work...?

Posted by vanevery at 09:19 PM | Comments (1)

November 07, 2003

LCD Glasses (Goggles)

Eyetop

These look really cool, single eye 320x240 LCD screen...

Posted by vanevery at 01:36 AM

November 04, 2003

A satellite truck in your pocket: BBC videomoblogs

Smart Mobs -
Amazing.. Right along the lines of my interactive telejournalism project:
A satellite truck in your pocket: BBC videomoblogs

Posted by vanevery at 01:28 AM

October 25, 2003

Embedded Linux Portal

Welcome to LinuxDevices.com -- the embedded Linux portal

Posted by vanevery at 02:02 PM

October 24, 2003

iPod enhancements - Voice recording

Apple Updates iPod
From the site:
With the new voice recording features, iPod users can use a Belkin Voice Recorder to record and instantly review over 600 hours of lectures, interviews or notes on a 40GB iPod.

But can you do high quality recordings? What about regular mics, what is so special about the Belkin product? Anybody know?

Posted by vanevery at 09:50 PM

October 15, 2003

Wired News

Wired News

News and articles concerning just about everything I care about.. Hard to imagine the world without Wired.

Posted by vanevery at 12:40 PM

October 12, 2003

TV Culture for the Phone

Who's Calling, Please? Check the TV

Hey let's make everything work through the TV, talk about lazy..

From the article:
"I don't even have to get up from my chair," said Mr. Kruger, a retiree who lives in Phoenix. "I can see who's calling, and if it's not someone I want to talk to, I'll ignore the phone."

Posted by vanevery at 05:14 PM

Keyboard for the Laptop

M-Audio's Ozone

Argo[bot] tells me that this is great and mentions that it has an XLR mic input along with Midi and USB connections.

Posted by vanevery at 12:09 AM

October 11, 2003

A perfect box for the TV hacker

Device Profile: Dreambox DM7000 -- an open TV hacker's paradise

From the site: Device Profile: Dreambox DM7000 -- an open TV hacker's paradise

Curtesy of LinuxDevices.com, a great site for Linux in everything (except the PC).

Posted by vanevery at 09:49 PM

Remote Lounge

welcome to REMOTE LOUNGE

Controllable Video Cameras, VJ's and Booze.. What a combination!

Posted by vanevery at 02:24 PM

Single Chip MPEG-4 CODEC

Protocom - Products

Posted by vanevery at 02:19 PM

October 08, 2003

Confluence Points

BBC NEWS | Magazine | A unique picture of the world, in 16,146 frames

"A new breed of adventurer is roaming the globe. Armed with a GPS and an eye for a quirky mission, these men and women are seeking out the spots on the earth's surface where lines of latitude and longitude cross. Their aim - to create a picture of the world. "

Posted by vanevery at 01:34 PM

October 07, 2003

Interesting Blog regarding Microradio and Journalism

DIYmedia.net - Microradio, Media Collage and more.

Posted by vanevery at 03:28 PM

Nokia's Wearable LCD Jewelery

Nokia - Nokia Medallion I

"Reveal your alter ego with Nokia Medallion I. Just snap a shot of your latest inspiration and upload it in an instant to this wearable display. Your color image and the sleek steel frame are housed in a daring choker - designed for dramatic personalities with a hidden side."

Posted by vanevery at 02:41 AM | Comments (1)

October 05, 2003

Single Use Digital Camera

NYTimes.com Abstract

Posted by vanevery at 07:09 PM

October 03, 2003

Crank powered Flashlights and Radios

Freeplay - Energy for Life

Freeplay's self-sufficient energy technology combines wind-up, solar and rechargeable power into unique, portable, consumer electronic products replacing conventional battery-powered systems that are wasteful and costly. With Freeplay youre powered wherever you goĶ

Posted by vanevery at 02:52 PM

Game Boy Advance - Video Phone..?

ABCNEWS.com : Game Boy Advance Can Work As Videophone

Posted by vanevery at 12:28 PM

September 30, 2003

Build your own Segway

Building a Balancing Scooter

Posted by vanevery at 10:45 AM

Fun with Etch-a-Sketch

Howstuffworks "How does an Etch-a-Sketch work?"

How does an Etch-a-Sketch work?

Posted by vanevery at 12:02 AM

September 28, 2003

Gadget Heaven

Gizmodo : The gadgets weblog

Posted by vanevery at 01:26 PM

Cool Monster/Robot Toys

Bug Eyed Monster - Large Figures

Posted by vanevery at 01:26 PM