Nokia releases 'point and find' technology

Nokia releases 'point and find' technology

Summary: Location, location, location. At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki outlined his company's vision for the future of mobile computers based on its new map-based user interface. Vanjoki predicts that in the near future, people will no longer ask, "Where are you?" and your cell phone will reveal everything about your surroundings.

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  • One device does it all?

    For time in again, device manufacturers want us to believe they can build an all encompassing all singing device. But the truth is users do want specialized devices and yes we want our devices to do more. Look at iPod still selling well despite iPhone and multiple attempts at music players from Nokia and others. This seems like one of those attempts. Also I didn't see how this is a new web technology. It is a great device technology and marketed that way will be much better than a new way of doing web.

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    rpaulsingh
  • On 'cartographic' interfaces....

    Back in the early 80's, just about the same time that the
    Xerox PARC windows paradigm was kicking around, a
    number of us were playing with an alternative 'cartographic
    interface' approach which would allow a user to maneuver
    through an interface landscape where the monitor was the
    windscreen on their 'vehicle'. One advantage was the
    ability to seamlessly move between novice ('fly through')
    and expert ('teleport') modes. The latter was where you
    associated a name with a 'location', invoked it to 'go there',
    and thereby generated your own 'menu'.

    The cool thing was that when you 'teleported' somewhere
    you knew where you 'were' in relationship to everything
    else based upon the mental schema that you had, so you
    could simply 'gain altitude' to revert to the 'cartographic'
    mode. Another was that navigating in space is an inherent
    pre-symbolic capability (like moving objects in a window
    interface) so users rapidly adapted to it and found it very
    useful and extensible. It is also language and largely age
    independent.

    The graphics and data communications speeds back then
    were pretty limited so we were pushing the envelope. Not
    the case now, and it would seem that this would be a
    natural interface for web based mobile and 'augmented
    reality' applications.

    'The more things change', eh?

    Rob Durst
    Technology and Business Development Consultant
    rob.durst@durstgroup.com
    robdurst