It was along time in the works, chipping away at it bit by but, but I finally put out this piece which takes a detailed look at the Nokia E71. The device is an enterprise user’s dream and it also sports integrated GPS as well as loads of goodies. I had the cool Nokia E71 smartphone at my disposal for a couple of weeks and having said that, it simply wasn’t long enough! This bad-boy runs on Symbian S60 3, sports a large screen, QWERTY keypad, bluetooth, GPS, loads of memory, incredible apps, camera, video, and much more. Check out the Article here
I took the previous FriendView posting one step further and put the application to teh test while I stepped out for a coffee. Check out some first comments and images from testing the application live using a Nokia N82 device… enjoy! FriendView enables me to connect with some friends (most of who’m I’m finding via Jaiku) then we can share locations, notes, etc… think of a map-based twitter although a little more personal! The app has a great UI and very appealing maps… loads of fun too! Check out this micro-review of FriendView over on the LBSzone
The E71 has a dual personality – it’s the perfect mobile companion for the business user (think push email, messaging, office functionality etc… but it’s also a cool device for the non-business user – 3MP camera, video, messaging, web browsing, MP3 etc… One of the really cool features I enjoyed with the device is listening to messages and email. See the short demo clip below.
I’ve had a way cool Nokia E71 smartphone at my displosal for a couple of weeks. This bad-boy runs on Symbian S60 3, sports a large screen, QWERTY keypad, bluetooth, GPS, loads of memory, incredible apps, camera, video, and much more. The slideshow below shows a few images of the device which is an ideal personal and business companion… Blackberry has nothing on this one!
Indeed there’s tons of images and video that came out of Helsinki at the recently held Nokia OpenLab… almost overwhelming since about 3 dozen attendees and the show planners were all generating content (live) while there. The Nokia team put together a very cool video montage that summarized some of the cool moments during the 3 days… enjoy.
And more videos from the adventure!
An interesting follow-up out of last week’s Nokia OpenLab08 comes from musician, Steve Lawson. Steve has a done a great job at sharing his thoughts post-OpenLab, sometimes expressing his frustration at not being able to take part in conversations where he should have been and he also shares some cool vision on his take on the role location-awareness can/should play in the real of mobile music in the future (great stuff Steve!) I love this suggestion from Steve and this is exactly the sort of output that I’m sure Nokia was hoping to get from the event… “the ability to map a tour, plot any media captured on it onto it, group crowd-sourced flickr-photos by location and date, and even to network a street team by geo-tagged data are the stuff that every band in the world should be jumping on”
Indeed Steve is hot for location-awareness as it pertains to his passions (like music) and I have no doubt there’s many clever solutions that will come. Imagine your device listening to a tune, providing feedback on the song artist, a chance to purchase the song etc… and then the abililty for your mobile sensor to provide playlist suggestions based on your location, or perhaps based on who you’re with at the time, then connecting you to people nearby that may share your love for an artist or particular genre of music. I like the possibility of tracks or even concert tickets etc… being offered to me (maybe at a discount) via mobile, based on where I’m located…
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| We’ll I’m back from a whirl-wind journey to Finland where myself, along with about 3 dozen other bloggers, new media technologists, early adopters of mobile technology and social media technology gurus, where we had a chance to discuss the what, where, when and why of mobile, particularly with respect to our social networks. I have to admit, like many others in attendance, I’m still trying to process fully what transpired! Made up of several “workshops”, one of which I facilitated, we shared our tales and thoughts on the likely direction that social networking will take, and in particular, the role that the mobile web will play as things evolve.
There were no correct answers, there were no stupid comments, there were no misfits, etc… there was simply a group of cool people sharing their stories and offering up insights from their own special corner of the social web or geo-social web as I like to call it! This might sound a bit abstract and you may wonder, what the hell was Glenn doing there and what is he talking about? Well, that’s how Nokia (sponsor of the event, via their WomWorld extension) likes to roll, that’s how they like to get a glimpse of future technologies and the role that the company’s solutions will play as the mobile web expands it’s reach.
Obviously, with me being the “Geo” guy, I was providing insight into my thoughts on the geo-social web and other location-aware solutions that users take advantage of to expand their networks and share their experiences. If anything, the event not only enabled us to brainstorm, but we also had a chance to take part in a very interesting social networking test where a group of 35 people were introduced to each other, provided with a mobile device (Nokia E71 in this case) and told to have at er… setting us free in Helsinki to collaborate, socialize and communicate via whatever means we could. At the end of the day, the group Wiki, Twitter, Jaiku, Flickr, Qik, and Ovi proved invaluable in bringing us closer together and enabled us to have a much different experience had these mobille technologies not existed. If this is all too much for you to think about at the moment (I know it’s been a load for me as I try to recoup), I can relate… I’m still absorbing a ton of material and media. I have to say thanks to Peter Batty for planting a seed in my head last week and reminding me how combining future location location focused applications more with current location focused applications is where we are headed… I couldn’t stop thinking about this and now couldn’t agree more! I also couldn’t help to wonder while we were there, how crucial the latest social networking tools were to us all to help us enjoy the event and communicate with each other… indeed if we could build on the geo-social web experience we could have benefited even more – there’s opportunity a plenty in that space in my mind!
Thanks to the team in Helsinki (along with WOMWORLD and 100Heads) for getting us together and for sharing some media with us via Ovi Share… Nice Job! And a big thanks to my 3 dozen+ new friends who have greatly expanded my social network and given me much to think about regarding the Geo-Social Network and the possibilities that it brings to our lives.
Enough of that for now… maybe take a load off and test your Geographical skills in this contest from Nokia called the Mapsters… have fun – you just might win a new Nokia 6110 Navigator! I just got a score of 69,900 on first try, can you beat that… I’m sure you can! Oh, and please, don’t forget about thegreenthing! I’m doing my green thing by not watering my lawn every day like my entire neighborhood. Instead, once a week by hand and I have grass just as green as anyone else… go figure that one! More to come soon…
Blogs, comment, and Vlogs from attendees:
Something we heard about last week at OpenLab was an initiative called the green thing, a community that encourages people to be a little bit greener. We even had group discussions on mobile technologies and suggestions that might be useful in the future to help us all do the green thing a little better. See more at http://www.dothegreenthing.com/
see also the green blog at http://www.dothegreenthing.com/entries
Well, I’m getting prepped for my trip to Helsinki Finland to take part in the inaugural Nokia sponsored Open Labs 2008… a networking / brainstorming session including workshops to discuss mobility, geospatial enabing technologies, social networking, and anything somewhat related to these topics. A total of 35 of us have been invited to take part with most people showing up Thursday, myself and 3 other workshop hosts will arive a day early. I’m gearing up to moderate/host, etc… my session titled ‘The Connected Life’. It will revolve around attendee views of how location aware technology will develop in the future, and will involve concepting future solutions for geospatial services. Should be fun! Workshops will be run by the following individuals:
Facilitator: James Whatley
Facilitator: Chris Moore
Facilitator: Anne Toole
Workshop: Connected Life
Facilitator: Glenn Letham – ya that’s me!
I’m still sorting out some of the social networks and blog tools that I’ll take advantage of. These will likely include:
I’ll be posting to these services via a trial Nokia E71 smartphone.. way slick and my first QWERTY smartphone! To prep I’ve installed shozu, twibble, jaiku, qik, yahoo! go, boopsie view ranger (with Helsinki maps), locr, zonetag (Yahoo!), gmail, gsearch, google maps, and loaded up a few tunes as well!
Also, a flickr Group Page has been created at http://www.flickr.com/groups/nokiaopenlab08/
I’ll be back Sunday night… have a great week all!