Kamis, 22 Januari 2009

Super mobile intelligence will take you anywhere at all

. Kamis, 22 Januari 2009

How much intelligence can we pack into a mobile device? The answer is getting more and more complex. It is like guessing when the Israelis and the Palestinians will eventually coexist peacefully once and for all.

"Imagine a device that can anticipate what you need or you want," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Nokia president and CEO, in his keynote speech at the Nokia World 2008 in Barcelona last December.

That certainly will require an unimaginable amount of intelligence to be packed into the device.

But let us think of the Internet for a moment.

Ten years ago, who would have thought the Internet would one day enable us to do so many things?

Today, the Internet is not only a means of communication -- although there is no denying email is the killer application bringing everyone online.

Today, we are able to track down our friends who we lost touch with for many years. Today, we can plan a trip by browsing travel sites and hotel home pages.

Suddenly students become more knowledgeable than their teachers because an unprecedented amount of information is now available to everybody.

When Kallasvuo mentioned a mobile device with such awesome intelligence, he was not just daydreaming. When connected to the Internet, the mobile device can gather information from various sources and provide us with whatever we want to know, he said.

"We can personalize the Internet to get the specific services that we want," the CEO said. "It also means that there will be billions of Internets instead of one single one."

And the intelligent features of the mobile device, such as maps, GPS, electronic compasses, cameras and other sensors, will make it even easier for us to "interact with our friends."

These features basically make the device know where it is on this planet. It will allow us to find out where our loved ones are at any time.

One of the upcoming advanced capabilities that Nokia is working on is the Point and Find. If you are in Callanish, Scotland, for example, all you have to do is take out your device and point it at the Standing Stones.

The device already knows your location and, using its electronic compass, will also know what you are pointing at. It will then collect the relevant information from the Internet and will tell you a lot of things about the 5,000-year-old Standing Stones, including their folklore.

Clearly, to maintain its competitiveness, Nokia seems to be keeping its focus on being the leader in mobile device technology. That is why the company wrefers to its intelligent devices as mobile computers rather than just smart phones.

Another area is the map applications, which are richer than the offerings of other makers of Personal Navigation Devices (PND). It has fine details and is loaded with more information.

"Until now, around six million people have downloaded Nokia maps," Kallasvuo said during the event opening.

Nokia's maps cover more than 200 countries. In addition to telling us our exact position, the maps will also help guide us to the places near us that we need to get to. It can help us as we walk or drive. In-car voice navigation is assisted by live feeds of traffic information, and it will help us take a detour to avoid traffic jams.

This is all made possible by the acquisition of Navteq, a map data company that Nokia bought in 2007.

At the same time, the Finnish company is also expanding its services wing. Take Ovi, for example. It allows us to access music files, purchase games, share photos and videos with others, maintain our contacts and calendar, and even back up our files online.

What about email?

"At Nokia, we believe that email should be for everyone," said Kallasvuo, and hence email is on Ovi.

He believes that most new email users will have their first taste of email through a mobile device.

To support this vision, for example, the E71 - which is the best-selling QWERTY smart phone from Nokia - supports Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino.

So what is Nokia*s vision of the future mobile phone?

"I would almost go as far as saying that in 2020 no two mobile phones will be alike,* Kallasvuo replied during the group interview that I was very lucky to be a part of.

Again, he based his view on the fact that we will be able to personalize the services that we want to enjoy.

He added that there would also be new hardware techno-logies such as nanotechnology, and there would be the value from adjacent industries that can be combined into the mobile device, including, for example, the navigation devices, the music players and the digital cameras that have already taken place.

Besides, each mobile device will continuously interact with its surroundings.

"We will make the user's experience with his mobile devices 'context-sensitive'."

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