There seems to be a new service of this type every month now and I can't wait to have one available here in Ireland. TagandScan is another British venture, now running in beta mode and looking quite impressive. The software allows you to vitually tag your physical environment with notes that you can share with other TagandScan users. So, for instance, you could take a photo of a new resteraunt and tag it with your review of the food and service.
This is what mobile technology is all about IMHO. Not only must it be immersed in the real world but it must be merged with the real world.
Smart Mobs gets the scoop on the fascinating news of what the BBC is up to with the latest mobile technology -
Television takes a decisive step into new territory this week when a programme will be broadcast by BBC Bristol using 3G video mobile phones as cameras.
The weekday news magazine Points West has already achieved a breakthrough by showing 3G phone pictures in a discussion between several teenagers out in the city and a local politician in the studio.
While the team in Bristol has been pioneering the use of 3G, news technology has been developing similar uses for mobile phones to capture up to two minutes of pictures and sound. Tests using a Nokia 3650 have produced results via an email connection comparable to the early -- and bulky -- satellite phones (remember John Simpson in Afghanistan?). Reporters will be able to use the phones to deliver reports and pictures although this system does not yet allow for two-way conversations.
This is extraodinary stuff! As the article goes on to exclaim, the future is now.
This story in The Register is a few days old but only caught my eye today. And I'm glad I didn't miss it because this could be huge, or as The Register says, it could potentially have huge ramifications for the global market.
China has invested heavily in time-division synchronous CDMA (TD-SCDMA), an overlay onto GSM networks, which so far has widely been seen as a bargaining counter against the European W-CDMA (now rebranded 3GSM) and US CDMA 2000 camps.
"The market for the TD-SCDMA system is not only confined to China, and its commercial value is for the whole world," Zhu Gaofeng, director-general of China Communications Standardization Association told the China Daily.