Monday, March 16, 2009

Nokia and some "swiss army knife" applications for phones

More and more functionality is moving into mobile phones. You make calls, SMS and browse the web. Phones are also your MP3 player and your camera. Not to forget your address book and your calendar. You name it...

I just noticed another functionality from Nokia Betalabs. Phones as your magnifying glass. Perhaps an obvious application, but I haven't heard of it before. Simple and potentially useful. When the cameras gets better and better, as well as the screens, this is yet another addition to the swiss-army-knife set of functionality. Have a look at the video:

When I browsed through the Nokia Accessability site I also noticed the text-to-speech (TTS) application. Neat.

The obvious (?) combination of these two applications would be to have the phone reading out text you view through the phone's camera. Just add a bit of OCR. Shouldn't take long before this application appears, or is it already available somewhere?


Blogger Arthur Basbaum said...

Woah, great idea the text-to-speech app! Imagine having your own kindle-robot-voice on a cellphone reading your daily feeds, awsome ;)


March 16, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Johan Myrberger said...

Yep, might be useful.

Actually, you can achieve this specific usecase already today.

* First, take your blog, or your combined the combined feed from a number of blogs you follow and turn them into a podcast, eg by using

* Second, get the podcast into your mobile phone. See eg my earlier post at (also read the comments for some additional suggestions)

Haven't tried all steps of thsi together myself, but shoudl work I guess.

March 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Arthur Basbaum said...

Hello again Jan, I twitted last week about trying to put some "sound" on my feeds using odiogo remmmeber?
Well, I´m afraid it didn't work as I expected cause it takes too much time and the quality isn't worth.
But that's ok, actually I already listen to 4 different podcasts weekly so I think that's enough.
Thanks for the tip anyway! cya!

March 23, 2009 at 2:57 AM  
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