Showing posts from September, 2006

Two billion cell phone users

Are Japan and Korea going to take the lead in the race into the future next generation cell phones? The carriers and phone manfucaturers are developing services and models that provide a wide range of continuous usage for both multimedia and collaborative users. Some say, that Japan and Korea are years ahead of us (even the Finns?), or at least, of most of the world. Your phone will most likely include numerous services and features:
Several channels of digital television from crisp, widescreen formatThe phones can be used to surfe the netThey serve as debit cards for micropaymentsPhones play music and you can play online games with them
The phones can be used to take photosPeople in transit tap messages to friends, family and collegues
You can make traditional phone callsShoppers pay for groceries with their digital walletsWhen lost in the city, you can use GPS-guided maps to navigate to your hotel or final destinationThe law: you can change carrier without changing your mobile number

Make your hamburger visible

McDonald’s is now placing codes on the packaging of many foods so that eaters can scan the package with their cell phones and find out the nutritional information. "Known as a QR Code, these printed codes look somewhat like a barcode and are scannable by many photo cellphones. All sorts of information can be packed into these little codes, from the website to find the amount of calories and fat in a Big Mac to a company’s contact information on a business card," the site explains.

* Food is the content creator
* Mac is the content
* Watch your phone to see what you eat

Russian High-tech

I wrote this blog 27th January 2005 and was checking my files and notebooks if anything new could be said about the statement today. The price of oil is still high, the money is there but it takes time to build a high-tech infrastructure and culture.

President Vladimir Putin has in january 2005 announced a plan to diversify Russia's economy and develop its high technology sector by creating special zones where high-tech companies would enjoy tax breaks and other incentives. One of the most important tasks in the sphere of the economy is its diversification.
The need to move away from the focus on raw materials is obvious.
Putin: "We have talked about this a lot, but unfortunately little has been done in practical terms." Russia has enjoyed five years of oil-fueled economic growth during Putin's presidency, but economists repeatedly have warned of the need to diversify. Putin said Russia must "create conditions for speeding up the development" of manufacturing an…

Network of DVTV journalists

Micromovies and microdocuments are leading us to new possibilities for making documentaries on phones and to distribute them over wireless networks. The participants and contributors can be:
Professionals Amateurs JournalistsOur intention is to get these people togeter. We try to avoid the outsider point of view. And hopefully we are able to invent a new way of thinking and the microdocumentary as a new form of content:
Electronic storytelling Good narratives work Creating travelling DVD theatre Cooperate with local people It will be a social happning People are willing to talk and participate in the production process The social aspects of "us" working together Online debate: making something before the catasrophe comes No limits by the physical infrastructure Television, mobile mms, interent, installations, interactive applications We are using available test platforms for mobile distribution And content specifi test platforms