Mobile Phone Cameras becoming more popular then Cameras?

A recent study shows that 44% of people use their mobile phone as their main camera. I can see with the introduction of even higher mega pixel cameras that they will one day totally take over.

The mobile phone is becoming a main point in most of our lives. They are used to time keep, as alarm clocks, more recently as MP3 players (especially with the launch of the Sony Walkman Phone).

This survey was performed by Nokia as the number of mobile phones across the world is aproaching 2.5 billion handsets. A crazy amount of phones in my opinion.

If mobile phone makers can add all the tools in to 1 device then I am all for this. On my phone I can watch TV, listen to MP3’s, send and receive emails, browse the internet at high speed and more. There is no doubt that mobiles are just going to continue pressing forwards heavily. Also I see wifi being integrated with the latest Nokia N range of phones as well as small hard drives in there also. A whole mine field of information will be available in your pocket from anywhere in the world.

I look forwards to what the future brings in the mobile phone industry!

World Cup and Mobile TV

The World Cup is set to be a testing ground for TV on mobile phones. I already see links on my Three phone offering to send me video clips of each goal right after it happens live.
I can see video on the move being very popluar with 3G services now being around.

Amongst the World Cup there are other shows being prepared for broadcast and the phone companies are expecting millions of users (more then 210 million even) will be watching TV on their mobiles by 2011. Not sure how they worked out that number and year but it shows that this could be big… in a small mobile kind of way 🙂

Wireless Camera Hunter

The wireless camera hunter is a video signal detector which can detect wireless video signals from 500ft away.
If there is a hidden wireless camera spying on you close by then switch this on and you can see on the 2.5″ LCD screen what the camera is looking at!

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Available from Brickhousesecurity.com

Cube World

Here is a funny little toy from Firebox.com called Cube World. I guess it’s similar to Tamagotchi.

Cube World is a game where you have little pixelised stick men which live in a cube. You then connect one cube to another and you begin your cube world.

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Basically each Cube World contains a little pixellated stick man who lives and plays inside. There are four characters to collect and each one has a different hobby: Slim plays with a stick, Dodger enjoys kicking his ball, Scoop interacts with his dog, and Whip is a dab hand at rope tricks.

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The buttons on the front allow you to play games with your stick man.

When they are connected together then the fun begins. They can play catch, train together and play allsorts of other games. The best and most fun will be when they have a full blown punch up with each other 🙂 Sounds like a great laugh.

Available from Firebox.com
And Buy.com – Cube World Series 1: Scoop and Slim

Fuel Cells… The way forwards?

Fuel Cells seem to be in the news more often these days. They are set to become the replacement for the laptop battery for 1 example. Currently they are bulky and a little too large to be convenient for laptop users… but no doubt in a years time they will shrink them in size and manage to get fuel cells in to the laptop instead of being a huge bolt on like the picture below. Some of the main brands around the world are building these trying to come up with the ideal power source. Tosiba (photo below), and Casio are both running in this game. Casio stated back in 2002 they wanted to use Fuel Cell technology to power laptops for around 20 hours at a time.

Toshiba Fuel Cell

Instead of storing power, fuel cells generate electricity by breaking down methanol via an electrochemical process. In the Toshiba version there is a compartment to put the methanol cartridge in (looks like a printer cartridge) and this gives instant power at the push of a button. Great for long journeys… no charging is needed. Just fill up the cell and away you go. Toshiba say the cell will give around 10 hours of power to a laptop.

Toshiba already are in talks with companies to shrink down some of the components needed like the pump and other parts. They want to get this out with in the year to a more acceptable size and with the goal in mind of putting the fuel cell where the battery goes for ultimate portability.

Wall Socket PC… Great Idea


A British firm are to unveil a wall socket PC (pictured below). The wall socket PC is a thin client terminal which can be powered by ethernet and fits in to the wall. The device starts at £209.

Available from Jadeintegration.com.

Thin Client, courtesy of Wikipedia.
A thin client is a computer (client) in client-server architecture networks which has little or no application logic, so it has to depend primarily on the central server for processing activities. The word “thin” refers to the small boot image which such clients typically require – perhaps no more than required to connect to a network and start up a dedicated web browser or “Remote Desktop” connection such as X11, Citrix ICA or Microsoft RDP.

Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router

This new(ish) wireless router is the answer for those of you who hate loosing your connection mid game. This beast delivers a whopping 25,000sq metres of coverage (that’s 500% more wireless coverage than standard 802.11g).

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The RangeMax is designed to work on the fly and will adapt to any situation. If someone uses a mobile phone or microwave in the presense of one of these then it will auto adjust and create a new path (as shown on the funky animation below).

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Check it out at Firebox.com for the UK and below to buy in the US.

Buy.com – Netgear RangeMax Wireless Access Point – WPN802 – WPN802NA

Zero Gravity Wall Climber

It’s tempting 🙂 I want one of these… not for any real reason appart from they look like a good laugh to watch.

This is the wall climbing Hummer!!!
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What you do is just drive up to a wall… and continue driving. The Hummber then carries on but going upwards instead of across the floor.

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So how does it work? It’s basically a remote control vacuum cleaner. The Hummer sucks air in which pins it to the wall.

These are available now from Firebox.com and cost arouind £80 in the UK. Check out the video they have on their site by clicking the link to firebox.com and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Barclays Bank Anti-Virus Deal

Barclays bank in the UK are now offering AntiVirus from F-Secure and also giving a 2 year subscription included. This is down to a deal for 1.6Million licences.

Also Barclays is bringing out a new service which sends the user a text message each time money is moved with their account details.

F-Secure released statistics to show that just over 55% of internet users do not have any sort of virus protection. All Barclays ibank users… check your post soon.

PS3 Card Games

Sony are introducing a cool game when the PS3 launches later this year. The games makes use of a real deck of cards and a camera (Eye Cards). The game, named “The Eye of Judgement” makes the cards come to life as mythical characters on screen, thanks to the inbuilt camera on the PS3.

As seen above, the game makes use of the real deck of cards. I personally think this might be an excellent way forwards for some type of games although the same should be able to be acomplished on the PS2 and I wouldn’t mind seeing this game appear on there. The Eye Toy on the PS2 is such a classic device that it had to take off big style.

What used to be imagined in your mind is now displayed on the screen.

The way the ps3 card games works is by placing cards on to the 3 x 3 board in front of you. The camera reads a code from the back of the card which is then converted in to an onscreen character (see image above).

Even better news is that the game should be made in to an online game… although Sony are working on how to stop the opponent from cheating.

Keep checking back for more news on the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) due out November 2006.

iTrip to still be banned in UK?

The iTrip is banned in the UK although it is easily obtainable over the internet. The iTrip sits on top of your iPod (or acts as a docking station) and transmits the signal to your FM radio making the connection wireless between iPod and radio.

FM transmitters have been banned in the UK since about the 40’s because of having to pay to use the frequencies. The LibDem’s have insisted that ofcom provide more details (compelling evidence) of the problems with using it in the UK.

BT to install Broadband to UK Cities. Cheap VOIP maybe??

BT have announced that they are to install wifi networks and broadband connections in several major cities in the UK. These are Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London’s Westminster area. As with most business decisions, this decision aims to boost revenue and push mobile device sales and use in the future. The implementation of the networks will be done in stages with an initial 12 cities piloting the scheme. According to BT,they are already in discussion with other places to install their blanket network, so watch this space for this being available near you.

BT Fusion may be made compatible with this new service allowing cheaper calls from a mobile network while connected to a wifi hotspot. The current BT Fusion works over Blue Tooth when in range of your home or office.

Other firms such as The Cloud are already operating in a few cities across the UK.

It will be interesting to see exactly how much is charged for this service. From past experience, wifi has been a tad on the expensive side. We will have to wait and see!

Current prices for Wi-Fi access on contract is £6.99/Month for a single device or £9.99/Month for multiple devices. (Updated July 2008)