Say hello to my Nubot
Employees of a surveillance technology company in Japan created the ‘Nubot‘ – a small robot doll that can hold a smartphone. If someone from far away calls in, his or her face can be seen on the display and the voice can be heard. The calling person can even make the doll move sideways, bow and make it do other movement by using the dial interface of skype as a remote controller.
Why it matters
Communication had been restricted to phones and videoconferencing. Are we now witnessing the first steps towards a more remote controlled communication shape – using avatars that can move in real time? Will this mean that people could be completing physical tasks in two places at once?
Vodafone sponsors Holland’s answer to X Factor, The Voice of Holland, which is proving a great success on TV and online. During the live shows participants are active on social networks such as Twitter, generating 57,000 tweets per hour.
The growing capabilities of smart phones are expanding the talents of the user as well. Mobile phone orchestras have formed at two US colleges; the University of Michigan and Stanford. The ensembles feature students playing ‘instruments’ they developed for the iPhone, which are amplified by speakers. The Stanford orchestra is co-directed by Ge Wang, who has also developed an iPhone app that turns your phone into a virtual instrument. But music is just one expression of this movement. Taking photos with your cell phone is nothing new, but now the images are emerging as a new kind of ‘mobile art’, where resolution doesn’t matter as much as capturing a moment and sharing it in real time. Check out the image from our trend-spotter, Tristan Meline on the Mobile Diary: www.themobilediary.com/2009/12/09/full-moon-over-the-sears-tower