The headline was what appeared in my email inbox late last night so I immediately opened up the message to read what Nokia had to say about the future of mobility. Nokia was giving a briefing at The Way We Live Next event held at the Nokia Research Center in Oulu, Finland. Presentations included topics such as:
- Web technologies driving innovation in mobile,
- Nanotechnology and solutions for the environment
- The evolution of the Internet user experience
- Mobile payments and banking using Near Field Communications
- Future energy sources
- Smart Connectivity and the future of wireless broadband
You can actually listen to podcasts of the presentations, along with PDF versions of most presentations, at The Way We Live Next site. In addition to the presentations on the future of mobility, Nokia also demonstrated MOSH, Widsets, Point & Find, Shoot to Translate, and virtual worlds. All these functions were performed using a Nokia multimedia computer (aka smartphone). The Point & Find software sounds very cool as it allows you to take a photo with your camera phone and then have relevant info about what you took a photo of fetched from the internet and presented to you. The ability to take a photo of foreign text and have it translated right before your eyes also sounds amazing. Presentations and demonstrations like this get me quite excited about the future of mobility.
In addition to showing off and discussing these and future technologies, Nokia relaunched their very cool Nokia Beta Labs site where you can find applications to try on your S60 device. A recent labs entry discussed in the press release was the Mobile Web Server that lets you turn a Nokia multimedia computer into a portable web server.