Obi Worldphone SF1 & SJ1.5 smartphones Launched

Looking for a fine, Android WorldPhone solution?? Look no more… oh, andit starts at just $199! Obi and Ammunition celebrate the launch of Obi Worldphone SF1 & SJ1.5 smartphones at Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Obi Worldphone co-founder John Sculley, former head of Apple and Pepsi-Cola and an international investor in consumer tech companies, and Robert Brunner, founder and partner in the world-acclaimed Ammunition design firm collaborated to create elegant design at attractive prices for select markets the world over. Introducing them is Satjiv Chahil, Global Marketing & Innovations Advisor to Obi. See more about the device in the official launch PR

Rugged Hardware Tip – A Handheld Built For Extremes

Here’s a gadget tip for any of you that work in remote forests, urban jungles, dry desert regions, or isolated wetland areas – the Trimble Nomad® 1050 series of handheld. These ultra-rugged and field-proven handhelds are ideal for carrying out GIS data collection and inspection activities just about anywhere.

Trimble Nomad series

Trimble Nomad series

Some of the key featured include:


  • Work productively in challenging environments on ultra-rugged IP68-rated handhelds that meet rigorous MIL-STD-810G military standards
  • Work for longer in the field with the 15 hour battery life that provides continuous use, even in cold temperatures
  • Process field data faster with a powerful 1 GHz processor
  • Store substantial amounts of data and images with the Nomad’s 8 GB of built-in storage plus 512 MB Ram
  • Maintain field compatibility with your back-office apps using the latest Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Handheld version 6.5 operating system
  • Capture high resolution images for maintenance and repair applications with the 5 megapixel integrated camera with flash and geo-tagging capabilities
  • Easily track assets using the optional 1D/2D integrated barcode scanner
  • Connect from the field back to the office via an optional integrated 3.75G dual-band GSM/CDMA wireless cellular modem with internal cellular antenna

See more info HERE

See also the Spec Sheet / white paper {PDF}

Keywords: Trimble, Nomad, GPS, rugged, mobile, data collector


5 Trends and Future of Enterprise Mobility Includes Geography

Some new research on trends in mobility… According to Forrester, there will be one billion smartphone consumers by 2016, with 257 million smartphones and 126 million tablets in the U.S. alone.  Businesses will implement the following five trends in response to this mobile movement, transforming how we experience shopping, business collaboration, travel and marketing.

trends in enterprise mobility

1.       Ultra-Personalization in Mobile Marketing: Businesses will capture a user’s context to create better results for marketing campaigns by ensuring that every customer, worker and supplier is hyper-productive and engaged. [Read more…]

Cincinnati Asks Residents to Be A Pothole Spotter

An interesting request from the Cincinnati City Manager… City Manager Harry Black is asking Cincinnati drivers to join the campaign to “Be a Pothole Spotter.” from the news post – “We’re in primetime pothole season. The ground’s thawing up, and cars are hitting potholes all over town. We need everyone to tell us about these potholes so that we can fix them as quickly as possible,” Black said.

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Report a pothole (Image credit, BBC)

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Americans Lead the World – Spending 4.7 Hours a Day on Smartphones

Those glancing moments that you have every hour or so are really adding up! Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence that tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.

Americans Spending Nearly Five Hours a Day on Smartphones

See more info on the report HERE

Top Mobile Apps for Local Governance and Planners

A recent survey of planners by Planetizen looked at mobile app that enhance public participation in local governance and planning to improve efficiency and data collection for planners. A number of fine productivity tools were mentioned in the findings, many of them can possibly be useful to some of you I’m sure! From the results…  common apps mentioned include such apps as Todoist, Constant Contact, Mediafire, GoogleMapsDropboxArcGISGoToMeeting, and SlideShark, among others. Planners report regularly using Trulia and Zillow, which are helpful in finding information about properties.

social cyclist

Social Cyclist app for improving your community

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10 hot consumer trends for 2015 and Beyond

Just in time for year end from Ericssson… 10 hot consumer trends in mobility. Yes indeed, I love the year-end predictions, often we seem to hear many of the same ones year after year, for example, privacy concerns, social media, location based ads etc… but some of my faves come from the leaders in the mobile space, after all, this is where all the VC seems to focus and indeed there’s plenty of innovation in the mobile tech arena. And so, here come the predictions for 2015 (and beyond)  from Ericsson Consumer Labs:

1. The streamed future. Media use patterns are globalizing. Viewers are shifting towards easy-to-use on-demand services that allow cross-platform access to video content. 2015 will be historic as more people will watch streamed video on a weekly basis than broadcast TV. [Read more…]