Saturday, August 13, 2005

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

So where are the american cab companies in this technology mix?

SMS will tell you where to find nearest cabbie: "In Reading, entrepreneur Mike Durham has created a service allowing customers to track the nearest black cab by sending a text message, reports the Evening Post. Using a mix of satellite tracking and mobile technology, BeepTaxi links taxi drivers with..."


SMS will tell you where to find nearest cabbie
I would have loved to use something like this on Monday and Tuesday when we were having wonderful dinners at Glenwood Canyon.

System for Tagging Messages, Post-Inferential Semantics: "

STAMPS is a little program that allows you to see a map of the place where you are, visualised on the screen of your mobile. There, you can write a kind of SMS and attach it to the map so that other friends can see your message appearing on their map.

You can write: 'this is my favorite pizzeria!', as a piece of advice to your buddies. The messages left in the system say something about the city where you live: what are the sport locations, the place to eat, the meeting spots. After a while, all this information could help users navigate the city. You can ask the system, for instance: 'where is a pizzeria near by?', and the system will search for other people's messages which refer to the term pizzeria to give you an advice.

Full featured prototype is due by the end of this month.

[via Fabien]


(Via Smart Mobs.)

System for Tagging Messages, Post-Inferential Semantics
Having done some traveling to places we've not been previously, this sounds like a wonderful idea.

RFID for sightseeing: "RFID tags will be embedded in the environment and sightseers will use mobile phones and PDAs with integrated RFID readers"


RFID for sightseeing

80% of European cellphone users have been hit with SMS spam: "SMS spamsrc="" align="right" border="0"
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If you never gotten a piece of SMS
you should consider yourself lucky: a new survey conducted by Intrado, Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen,
and the International Telecommunicaton Union found that over 80% of all European cellphone users reported receiving at
least one SMS spam last year (in the US it’s estimated to be below 10%). SMS spam is already a huge problem in places
like South Korea and to make matters worse, spam is way
more annoying to receive on your cellphone that it is on your PC. Even if you’re not paying per message you receive,
it’s not like most users have the option of installing SMS spam filtering software on their phones to automatically
catch and delete any unwanted messages.

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80% of European cellphone users have been hit with SMS spam

Monday, August 08, 2005

6thSense: "6thSense allows you to find people through your cell phone who share your common interests. But not just any people, these are people who are right near you, often times close enough to walk right over and strike up..."



Sunday, August 07, 2005

One Text Message Tells Everyone You're 'OK': " launching on Monday, is a solution that will allow British mobile users to let all their contacts know they are safe by sending 'I'm OK' text message to short code 6099."


One Text Message Tells Everyone You're 'OK'

Colroado Bans Young Drivers' Cell Phones: "Beginning Monday, Colorado is banning young drivers from talking on cellular phones while they're behind the wheel."


Colroado Bans Young Drivers' Cell Phones

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Firms eye system to control home appliances via mobile phones: "Agroup of four companies said Friday they have kicked off tests to establish a system that will enable users to remotely control gas and electrical equipment at their homes via mobile phones."


Firms eye system to control home appliances via mobile phones

Friday, August 05, 2005

Obvious Cellphone Innovation: "

I have already mentioned that LCD streetlights and stoplights make sense and I've heard from a few people close to the technology who have explained various aspects of why this technology isn't moving faster.

Here comes another one. Sony Ericsson has some rather cool and rather obvious ideas for things cellphones should be able to do:

Sony Ericsson’s latest idea is to sell phones which automatically change the way they behave, depending on the time, date and place, reports New Scientist.

'For example, the wallpaper display on the screen shows pumpkins when the phone’s calendar sees the date is Halloween, and Christmas puddings on December 25th. Network roaming, or GPS, can tell a phone what country it is in, so the ring-tone might change to a reggae tune as the plane touches down in Jamaica, for example.

A restaurant could use short-range Bluetooth signals to deliver the specials menu direct to the phone's screen, and a cinema or church could use Bluetooth to switch it to silent mode. Stockbrokers could enable an option to display the latest share prices every 10 minutes and golfers could use continually updated weather forecasts for wallpaper.

Priority coding lets some automated controls override user settings.'

Read the location-aware cellphone patent

I certainly want an intelligent cellphone that knows where 'we' are and how best to let me know when it needs my attention. Is it just me or does this seem like this is a no brainer. The problem is just how carriers will squeeze revenue out of these features. Will they understand that better behaved cellphones are good for their bottom line or will they see these as added 'features' for which they have to charge a premium. Time will tell.

[Textually: A Location Aware Cellphone]

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(Via Thinking.)

Obvious Cellphone Innovation

"Town Pocket": "

'NTT DoCoMo together with a mobile marketing company TechFarm and a voluntary organization URAHARA.ORG will soon introduce RFID-based 'physical bookmarking' services at the well-known Harajuku area in Tokyo',RFID in Japan reports.'A system called 'Town Pocket' will be deployed at 153 shops including 109 apparel stores,14 cafes and restaurants,10 hair salons,13 accessory shops, and 7 shoes/sports shops.All these shops will install an RFID reader device (photo) to which customers show their wallet phones in order to 'bookmark' stores'.The article says that in November,'stores will be able to distribute SMS newsletters and digital discount coupons to the customers who bookmarked them. The system may be eventually integrated with digital shopping services'.

RFID 'Bookmarking' to be introduced in Harajuku


(Via Smart Mobs.)

"Town Pocket"

Here come location-aware phones: "

Sony Ericsson is all set to introduce location-aware phones. I has written last year that by end of 2005, location aware services could start to get traction. Might be off by a few months, but looks like it is finally starting to happen.


(Via GigaOm: Om Malik's Broadband Blog.)

Here come location-aware phones

Thursday, August 04, 2005

How People Use LBS: "

Location enabled mobile phones are still in their infancy in both Europe and the US - although there's already a significant, if small, market for handheld specialist GPS devices, made by companies such as Garmin and Trimble. Indeed, while the PDA sector is in decline as I wrote yesterday, the one area that is showing growth is GPS enabled PDA's.

According to Trimble, the 10 -12 million Americans are using their handheld GPS devices for:

  • 19% hiking, backpacking

  • 12% hunting

  • 14% boating/fishing

  • 12% off road ATV

  • 11% Geocaching

As a long range forecast, as GPS becomes integrated into phones, I can see Geocaching being used pretty successfully in a marketing context - a kind of 'treasure hunt' theme.

While this survey is interesting though, I'm not sure it tells us how people will use GPS, once it's packaged in their phones. It's one thing to buy a device to support a hobby (like fishing) and it's another when you suddenly find that your mobile does this groovy thing new thing that you didn't know about.

But it is another powerful example of the real world meeting the digital one and meeting at the mobile phone.


(Via Russell Buckley's MobHappy.)

How People Use LBS

Bookmark shops with Town Pocket RFID: "RFID Town Pocketsrc="" align="right" border="1"
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We are getting so, so sick of having to remember anything these days. So thank god for Japan’s new Town Pocket
system, which is currently being deployed at 153 local shops in Harajuku, where you’ll be able to whip out your
RFID-enabled cellphone (or
QR-code reader, depending on what you’ve got),
and bookmark various stores. Of course the bummer here is the bidirectional communication, since when you bookmark them
with that wallet-phone, apparently they can
bookmark (and market to) you. Look man, just because we liked your restaurant doesn’t mean we want to get SMSs with the
dinner specials of the week, ok?

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Bookmark shops with Town Pocket RFID

Media_mobile weblogging: "

... Charlene Li, an Asian-American woman who expertises in technology and blog business, suggested two moblogging website in her story, Rabble and Winksite. The two blogging website believes that the integration between blog and mobile will make the similar success as one between mobile and camera ...

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(Via [Technorati] Winksite.)

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