Mobile delight

A few quick mobile links to string together (aside: that would be a nice del.icio.us metaservice, “del.icio.us trails” being able to link together delicious posts into a narrative or a trail in the memex-ian sense)

Like Janne, I’ve finally entered the 3g future with the arrival of my Nokia 6630. I did a smidge of work for Hutchison 3g back before they launched as 3; and back then it was all about getting web or tv ‘multimedia’ into a walled garden for paid download.

No walled gardens in Finland to speak of, so a mobile version of >ahem< Loosemore’s Law has kicked in – I want to do the same basic stuff (send MMS’s to flickr, the odd emergency finding of an address using google) but quicker – and boy is it good.

Perhaps the dawn of 3g that lets you go outside of clunky operator portals will hasten some content innovation – let a thousand mobile flowers bloom outside the walled garden.

Russell Beattie has just written about his Mobdex experiment where: “What I did was import 600+ Public Domain eBooks from Project Gutenberg and I’m dynamically reformatting the plain text to be readable on the web and modern mobiles with WAP2 minibrowsers”.

Perhaps Mobdex is something that the BBC should really consider picking up where Russell has left off, because as Martin Belam notes: “The future of the BBC is mobile, according to ‘the kids'”

One beautiful marriage of an old medium with the dynamics of the new I discovered on BoingBoing, a site where an artist is painting a piece in oils once a day and posting it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that arrive every morning on your phone?

At DesignEngaged, Pete B-W gave an enlightening talk on the potential of Flash on mobile devices, and Remon Tijssen (of Fluid Interactive) showed some of the interactive ‘toys’ that he had developed.

While never a great fan of Flash for the general purpose web, for mobile, where both connectivity and attention can be scarce, it could be a very powerful platform, especially for introduction more delight, flow and seduction into the everyday mobile user experience.

Finally, a lazyphone wish… I could think of nothing better as a mobile delight than to have the Flickr zeitgeist on my 6630, cycling through my friends photos as a screensaver…

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Please excuse the dodgy prototyping!

0 comments
  1. feint said:

    i second your lazyphone wish – a brilliant idea!

  2. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that arrive every morning on your phone?”

    Now find a company prepared to actually pay an individual to make visual or even audiovisual 2.5G/3g MMS mobile content. Every time I’ve been approached about devising MMS content, the whole thing disappears when I mention that I like to get paid for doing work.

  3. MK said:

    Re. the artist who uploads a new painting every day, I’m also rather charmed by the Antartica Dispatches project (http://simonfaithfull.org/antarctica/), in part because of the way the artist is trying to capture the vastness of the landscape as sketches on the tiny screen of a Palm Pilot.

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