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Demola Innovation Experience: Nokia Image Space Mobile Browser [Video] [Updated]

by Ben Smith on 18th June 2010

In the second of the series of collaborations with The Really Mobile Project, Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian speaks to Severi Uusitalo from Nokia’s Research Centre about the Image Space Mobile Browser concept.

Image Space has been in development for some time, although the mobile browsing element demonstrated at the Demola event is new.

Nokia explain it as:

…a prototype online community service. It lets you share your experiences, photos and other content about specific places as well as helping you understand their spatial relationships.

You can create content and access it seamlessly via the web or mobile device. The service is a fusion of sensors and computer vision. It creates an exciting mirror world where users can collaborate in many ways.

They have also made two other videos explaining the service:

Youtube Video: Nokia Image Space Concept [Mobile Friendly]

Youtube Video: Nokia Image Space (Experimental Beta at Nokia Beta Labs) [Mobile Friendly]

[UPDATE] Predictably Rafe has done a far better job of explaining Image Space on his All About Symbian write up. Rafe’s key points are:

  • When taking a picture, orientation (compass and accelerometer) information is recorded, in the EXIF data, in addition to location (GPS). Captured photos can be stored locally or uploaded to a service like Flickr. Beta Labs has an daemon for Symbian phones that does add this capture ability for existing phones, but it could easily become a built in feature in the future.
  • This extra information can be used to view photos in a new way – Image Space’. It is best thought of as an additional way of viewing photos that provides an alternative to existing viewing conventions (album and time-based views).
  • Image Space view, which places the photos on a 3D landscape map/visualisation, and allows you to access photos by ‘flying’ through the landscape.
  • Photos can either be stored locally or come from a remote source (e.g. Flickr). In the case of Flickr, the mobile client allows you to add and view comments associated with the image.
  • This can be thought of as the next stage on from geotagging. It allows people to see the context in which a photo was taken. Particularly valuable is being able to see photos in the context of others’ photos that might have been taken in the place.

Read his full post at All About Symbian.

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