August 11, 2010

Relationship Mapping


June 02, 2010

Is this the future of Apple, iphone, and iwhatever?

apple


December 09, 2009

Microsoft Surface Development Environment

Setting Up a Development Environment

When you develop Microsoft Surface applications, you can work directly on a Microsoft Surface unit or you can develop on a workstation:

  • On a unit, you can use the Microsoft Surface SDK to develop and test Microsoft Surface applications directly. 

    You can run the unit in two modes. In administrator mode, you can access all of the Windows Vista functionality. In contrast, user mode demonstrates how the unit appears in a commercial venue. That is, the unit suppresses the Windows Vista user interface, automatically starts required applications, and makes sure that those applications are restarted if they need to. Typically, you develop applications in administrator mode. A Microsoft Surface developer unit already includes all of the software that you need to develop Microsoft Surface applications, such as the Microsoft Surface SDK and Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

  • On a separate workstation, you can install the Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition, and use the Surface Simulator application to simulate a Microsoft Surface test environment. You can then use one or more mice to simulate contacts on a Microsoft Surface unit. Surface Simulator runs the Surface Shell and the applications that you develop. However, there are differences between Surface Simulator and an actual unit. For example, cameras are not available in Surface Simulator. If you write an application that uses raw camera input, you cannot test it by using Surface Simulator.

Upgrading from Visual C# Express to Visual Studio

If you are using Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition for your Microsoft Surface development environment, you can later change to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, but the Microsoft Surface SDK project templates are not automatically registered with Visual Studio 2008. You must "repair" the Microsoft Surface SDK installation to register the templates with Visual Studio 2008.

To register the Microsoft Surface project templates with Visual Studio 2008

  1. Open Control Panel, and then open the Programs and Features item.
  2. In the list of programs, right-click Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, and then click Change.
  3. In the setup wizard, click Next, and then select the Repair button.
  4. Follow the rest of the prompts to repair your installation.

During the repair operation, the Microsoft Surface SDK project templates are registered with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual C# Express 2008, as applicable. You can also manually register the Microsoft Surface SDK project templates by running devenv.exe from the Visual Studio templates directory.

Developing Microsoft Surface Applications on a Workstation

Instead of developing Microsoft Surface applications directly on a Microsoft Surface unit, you can also develop and test applications on a workstation.

The Microsoft Surface SDK, Workstation Edition, includes Surface Simulator, which enables you to run Microsoft Surface applications in a full Microsoft Surface-like environment, including Launcher. When you use Surface Simulator, you use mice to simulate finger and object contacts. For more information about Surface Simulator, see the "Surface Simulator" section in the Microsoft Surface SDK documentation.

Important: When you use the Microsoft Surface code samples on a separate workstation, you must run Surface Simulator on the computer before you open a sample application.

Installing the Microsoft Surface SDK on a Workstation

To install the Microsoft Surface SDK, Workstation Edition on a separate workstation, your computer must meet the following requirements:

Hardware requirements

System performance in Windows Vista is measured by using the Windows Experience Index. A workstation that is running Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition, should meet the following Windows Experience Index measurements so that it can approximate the expected performance of a Microsoft Surface unit. (However, differences in hardware can vary significantly so performance on a workstation might also vary from performance on a unit.

  • CPU: 4.0 or above
  • RAM: 4.0 or above
  • Graphics: both 5.0 or above
    • At least 256 MB with Microsoft DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 2.0 support.
    • A monitor that is capable of 1280 × 960 screen resolution or a widescreen monitor that is capable of 1440 × 900 screen resolution.

      Important: These screen resolutions enable you to successfully run the Surface Simulator application. Otherwise, it will not run properly.

    • A graphics card that supports the Windows Aero user interface in Windows Vista.

      Important: If your graphics card does not support Windows Aero, Surface Simulator and Surface Shell will not run properly.

  • Disk: 4.0 or above
  • Input: Microsoft-compatible mouse required

Software requirements

To set up a Microsoft Surface development environment on a workstation, you must install the following software, in the order that it is listed, before you install Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition:

  1. A 32-bit edition of one of the following Windows Vista operating systems:
    • Windows Vista Business
    • Windows Vista Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Ultimate

    Important: Microsoft Surface SDK, Workstation Edition, does not support Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Starter, or 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.

  2. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  3. Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition or Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

    Note: .NET Framework version 3.5 is included with Visual C# 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

  4. Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 2.0
  5. Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0, Workstation Edition

    Note: If the Microsoft Surface SDK Setup wizard does not detect the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 End-User Runtimes (August 2007), it installs the necessary DirectX components for you.

    Note: Note: The Microsoft Surface SDK, Workstation Edition requires certain Microsoft Windows Media Player components. If you are using an NSKU or KNSKU version of the Windows Vista operating system, make sure that you have Windows Media Player components installed before you install Microsoft Surface SDK, Workstation Edition.

Additional Software

The Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 is not required. However, if you want to develop Microsoft Surface applications by using Windows APIs, you must install the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.

We also recommend that you use Microsoft Expression Blend 2 to edit the XAML code that defines your user interface.

The Microsoft Surface SDK does includes project templates for XNA 3.0, but it does not include XNA 3.0 components. If you want to develop Microsoft Surface applications by using XNA 3.0, install Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0. When you want to deploy a Microsoft Surface application that uses XNA 3.0, install Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 3.0 on all Microsoft Surface units that will run the application.


November 30, 2009

Celluon Laserkey CL850 – Projection Keyboard

Celluon Laserkey CL850 - Projection Keyboard

Overview 

Laser keyboard

As the world's most innovative projection keyboard, the Laserkey CL850 has revolutionised mobile data input. Now users can enter SMS messages, emails and texts just as easily on the go as when using a conventional keyboard. By means of a laser, the Laserkey CL850 projects a full-scale keyboard equipped with a mouse feature (depending on operating system) onto any opaque, flat surface.

The keystrokes are then identified based on the combined input of a sensor and an invisible infrared layer. The connection to Palm, Pocket PC, Smart Phone or PC is set up via a user-friendly Bluetooth hot plug function or via the serial port. The pocket-sized CL800BT is powered by a compact, powerful lithium-ion battery.


What’s in the Box 

Laser keyboardThe Celluon Laserkey CL850 is a wireless virtual keyboard that lifts wireless mobile communications to a new height. The Laserkey is a smart, pocket-size device that projects a full-size keyboard through infrared technology onto any flat surface. Users could then type on the infrared images as if typing on conventional keyboards.

Based on the QWERTY layout, the 19

mm keys of the Laserkey CL850 enables highly sensitive and accurate input of data on the go, compared to existing technologies such as Graffiti or Thumb keyboards in mobile input performance. The Laserkey CL850 is smaller than most traditional keyboards and easy to carry along with your mobile device.

With the absence of physical buttons, the Laserkey relieves the user from fatigue and helps minimize the ergonomic discomfort inherent in other traditional data input keyboards.

Laserkey's wireless capabilities with built-in Bluetooth enables a cable free connection with other Bluetooth-embedded applications such as PDA's, Smart Phones or PC's. The Laserkey CL850 also has no moving components, and thus more reliable compared to other technologies that encompass numerous mechanical parts.


Keyboard project specifications:

  • Light Source: Red laser diode.
  • 19mm sized QWERTY / AZERTY / QWERTZ layout.
  • Keyboard Size: Approx. 304mm*105mm. 
  • Keyboard Position: Approx 100mm from keyboard device.
  • Projection Surface: Non-reflective, opaque flat surface.
  • Keyboard Stroke: Built in buzzer (mute on / off the sound).
  • Visibility: Visible in 1000-5000 lux ambient light.

Keyboard sensor specifications:

  • Illumination: Visible in incandescent light of 1800 lux or more.
  • Detection Rate: Up to 400 characters per minute.
  • Effective Key Stoke: Approx 2mm.
  • Operating Surface: Any flat surface.

System Requirements:

  • Windows Mobile Pocket PC & Smart Phone Edition.
  • Symbian.
  • Palm OS.
  • BlackBerry.
  • Windows 2000/XP or higher.

Review

Laser keyboardKeyboard functions reasonably well. You may have to adjust to not having any tactile response to typing, as there are no actual keys being depressed. Also be aware that accuracy is important and calibrating the sensitivity for different surfaces/lighting conditions is required, but easy.

Start tapping your fingers on the desk if you want to know what it feels like typing on this thing. It reflects infrared light off your fingers to a sensor to identify keystrokes, therefore reflective/shiny surfaces.

This keyboard would be great in areas where you need to keep a clean working environment i.e. a hospital, car garage or anywhere where space is a problem.

The only downside as I can see could be wear and tear on fingertips! I would recommend projecting onto a bouncy surface like a plain mouse mat or rubber.


June 30, 2009

Garmin Oregon 300 GPS: Navigator in Hand

Writing about web page https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=14903&ra=true

Garmin Oregon 300 GPS: Navigator in Hand

Overview

Oregon 300 is one of the newest handheld GPS products published by Garmin, the most famous GPS manufacturer in the world. It is particularly designed for outdoor activity users such as wild explorers.

What’s in the Box

·        Oregon 300

·        Carabiner clip

·        USB cable

·        Owner's manual on disk

·        Quick start guide

Suit

Specifications

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD:

2.3" x 4.5" x 1.4" (5.8 x 11.4 x 3.5 cm)

Display size, WxH:

1.53"W x 2.55"H (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3" diag (7.6 cm)

Display resolution, WxH:

240 x 400 pixels

Display type:

Transflective colour TFT touchscreen

Weight:

192.7 g (6.8oz) with batteries

Battery:

2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended

Battery life:

16 hours

Waterproof:

yes (IPX7)

Floats:

no

High-sensitivity receiver:

yes

Interface:

USB and NMEA 0183 compatible

RoHS version available:

yes

Maps & Memory

Basemap:

yes

Preloaded maps:

no

Ability to add maps:

yes

Built-in memory:

850 MB

Accepts data cards:

microSD™ card (not included)

Waypoints/favorites/locations:

1000

Routes:

50

Track log:

10,000 points, 20 saved tracks

Features

Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads):

yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)

Electronic compass:

yes

Touchscreen:

yes

Barometric altimeter:

yes

Geocaching-friendly:

yes (paperless)

Outdoor GPS games:

yes (Wherigo only)

Hunt/fish calendar:

yes

Sun and moon information:

yes

Tide tables:

yes

Area calculation:

yes

Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):

yes

Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):

yes

Picture viewer:

yes

What's attractive

Touch Screen

Garmin Oregon 300 use touch screen to control the menu, besides just one button for power turn on/off on the side. The plastic body of the machine is designed as durable as it could be in order to protect its frequent consumption and even hard environment in the wild area.

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Friendly Menu

The screen is colour and sunlight-readable. Users can use either figure or handwriting pen to touch the screen and input the command. The interface and menu of applications is user-friendly. The relevant software version is also able to be updated online. Since that it is possible to get the screenshots and save as a BMP documents, the following pictures are the main menu displayed.

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Navigation

Oregon 300 navigates by select “Where To?”. There are many ways for user to tell the system where to go:

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·        Input a coordinate

·        Search by a city name

·        Read an existing waypoint

·        Follow a previous track

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After selecting your destination, the GPS will show you the accurate direction to where you are going. For instance, if plan from Warwick University to London, the straight path between starting and end points will be highlighted. The arrow head of the triangle indicates to the current direction of the machine.

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Multiple Destinations

By using “Journey Planner” function, it can show the multiple points for the whole trip. For example, following picture is the overview for the trip “Coventry – London – Paris – Amsterdam”

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Electronic compass

GPS shows the instant moving direction electronically.

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Trip Tracker

The product can easily track the path moved. But make sure that the power is turned on. By using this function, people can share their owned exploration to everyone. In this way some potential path in wild area would be developed soon if enough GPS users contribute their information. Multiple tracks are also visible on a same screen.

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View Tracks on Google Earth

It is quite convenient to view the track on Google earth since what you need to do is just simply loading the GPX document generated by the device to Google Earth Software on computers. The GPS records the geographical data at every point of the trip, including the latitude, longitude and altitude etc.

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Trip Data Review & Analysis

Since the Oregon 300 records the details of movement in the trip, its data can be reviewed and analysed through using its “Trip Computer” module. Useful data such as Trip Odometer, Moving Time, Average Speed and Vertical Speed is calculated automatically. This is necessary for the outdoor fans. “Elevation Lot” is able to show the altitude information of the total trip.

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Area Calculation

Opening this application and moving around as a circle, the area of the track will be calculated automatically. The following figure is the track example for walking surrounding International Digital Lab. From the track it illustrates my walk. Although there is 5-meter offset, approximately, it is satisfactory for generally public use.

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According to the calculation, the IDL occupies 2790.6 square meters, approximately.

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Share Wirelessly

It is possible to communicate with another GPS user through sending/ receiving data. The GPS will start searching the results in the area nearby. The result depends on the signal strength and the number of other users.

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Map Resource

Unfortunately the original product just offers a base map of the world, which means that user can view the basic terrain and main road of all countries only. If user wants to get the particular map of a destination, they must purchase that from the Garmin website. Without maps, the gadget is not able to demonstrate its total value at all.

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City Navigator Maps

Use must buy the additional city navigator maps to identify the detailed navigation information. The European Map costs £84.99 and occupies about 220MB of memory.

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Garmin GB Discoverer Map

Each wild maps in the UK such as Lake District Map costs £129.99, which is unusually expensive. It is particular for the enthusiastic outdoor fans.

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Other Applications & Entertainment

·        Calendar –  view the plans on calendar

·        Sunlight Info – manage the activities daytime and night

·        Hunting & Fishing Advisor - get best time for meeting animals

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·        Stopwatch – display the movement info

·        Alarm – reminder outdoors

·        Calculator – typical accessory

·        Picture Viewer – for entertainment/ picture view

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Further Accessories Suggestion

Auto Nav Kit (£ 36.99)

This automotive mount is for the GPS to be used conveniently on the car.

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AC Charger and International Adapter Set (£ 19.56)

It is possible for user to charge the GPS at normal outlet. Many different converters are available.

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Speed/Cadence bike sensor (GSC 10) (£ 35.74)

For user to monitor the pedaling cadence and give a feedbacks when riding a bike

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April 19, 2009

Sexy Wii Fit Sexy you

Writing about web page http://www.nintendo.com/wiifit/launch/?ref=http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=wii+fit+introduction&meta=&rlz=1W1GGLL_en-GB&aq=f&oq=

SEXY WII FIT, SEXY YOU

1. Wii fit Introduction

Wii Fit ,is a video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii console. It is an exercise game consisting of activities utilizing the Wii Balance Board peripheral.

Wii Fit package includes: (you have to own Wii first)

(1)  Wii Balance Board

(2)  Wii Fit game disk for the Wii console containing 48 fitness training-related games & activities.

The Wii Balance Board is a wireless peripheral for the Wii console and communicates with the console in the same manner as the Wii Remote. The sensors on the board can measure players up to 150 kg (330lbs) in mass. The balance board measures a user's mass and center of balance. The software can then calculate the user's body mass index when told of his or her height.

Wii Fit released time: 01/12/2007-12/2008

Wii Fit is the Wii's third best-selling game, with 14 million copies sold. Wii Fit has generated over $1.26 billion in revenue for Nintendo.

Wii Fit in UK price is between £67 to £117 (combat package), second hands are still over £50 on ebay. Obviously it is shown that how popular “Sexy Wii” is.

Wii Fit combines fun and fitness in one product. It can change how you exercise, how you balance, and even how you move.

2. Sexy Game

Wii Fit uses a unique platform peripheral called the Wii Balance Board. The game consists of 48 different sub-games and activities, some of which are not available until being unlocked by building up credits in the "Fit Bank", including yoga poses, pushups, balance games, and other exercises. Furthermore, Wii Fit allows its players to compare their fitness by using Wii Fit's own channel on the Wii Menu. Wii Fit tracks a user's "Wii Fit Age" through a body test basing the result on the user's current age, weight and athletic ability.

3. Sexy Activities

Training on Wii Fit is divided into four categories: yoga, strength training, aerobics, and balance games. The activities provide a core workout, emphasizing controlled movements rather than overexertion. Activities include:

  • Yoga - Work on your balance and flexibility with Yoga poses and activities


  • Strength Training - Put your strength to the test with muscle-toning exercises


  • Aerobics - Get your heart pumping with fun, interactive Aerobic exercises


  • Balance Games - Get into the action with fun, balanced-based games


New activities can be unlocked by gaining "Fit Credits", which are accumulated in the "FitBank", a small piggy bank dedicated to keep track of time spent on Wii Fit. Minutes of Fit Credits are equal to the number of minutes doing an activity rather than the number of minutes of overall game play. At certain stages, new yoga poses or muscle workouts are unlocked based on the total time spent working out. Being the best at an activity with a 100% score, or playing an activity a certain number of times unlocks more rigorous versions of that activity.


4. Units


The Australian, European and North American Wii Fit releases contain support for both imperial and metric units. In the Australian and European editions, if the user location is set to the United Kingdom, imperial units are used, with weight shown in the traditional British style of stones and pounds, otherwise metric are used. In the version for the Americas, US customary units are used if the language is set to English. If it is set to Spanish or French, then the metric system is used. There is no way to change the unit set of the game without changing these Wii localisation settings.

5. Invention and Development

Previously revealed under the name Wii Health Pack, it was announced under its current title at Nintendo's E3 press conference on July 11, 2007 by famed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. At Nintendo's media briefing, it was demonstrated by Miyamoto, Reggie Fils-Aime and other participants.

As with other games designed by Miyamoto such as Nintendogs, the design of Wii Fit was influenced by activities in Miyamoto's daily life. Miyamoto states that he and his family had become more health-conscious, going to the gym and tracking their weight. He found that it had become "fun over time to talk about these things", and as weighing you "didn't make much of a game “they decided to build games around the idea to mesh with the concept. In an interview with Game Informer at E3 2007 Miyamoto revealed that Wii Fit had been developed with a "full-scale" team for a year at the time. The Wii Balance Board had been worked on for "almost two years", and was inspired by sumo wrestlers' need to weigh themselves with two scales.

6. Feedback and Reception

Reviews were generally positive. Wii Fit holds an 80% score on Game Rankings, aggregated from the scores of 52 media outlets, and got an average score of 81 on Mobygames. It was named the best game of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly.

                   Reception

Aggregate scores

Aggregator

Score

GameRankings

80%

MobyGames

81/100

Review scores

Publication

Score

1UP.com

B+

Computer and Video Games

6.8/10

Eurogamer

8/10

GameSpot

7.0/10

IGN

8.0/10

X-Play

4/5

Game Revolution

C+

Official Nintendo Magazine

91%


7. Persentage of Popularity

According to the NPD Group, GFR Chart-Track, and Enterbrain, the game has sold 1.433 million copies in the United States, 624,000 in the United Kingdom, and 1.547 million in Japan, respectively, for a total of 3.604 million copies sold from January to July 2008. As of September 30, 2008, Nintendo has sold 8.76 million copies of Wii Fit worldwide. According to the NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track, and Enterbrain, the game has sold 1.283 million copies in the United States, 460,000 in the United Kingdom, and 346,000 in Japan, respectively, for a total of 2.089 million copies sold in the third quarter of 2008 (July–September). Wii Fit was the third best-selling game of December 2008 in the United States, selling in excess of 999,000 copies. It is also the third best-selling game of 2008 in the United States, selling in excess of 4.53 million.

8. Award in UK

Wii Fit was awarded Best Use of the Balance Board by IGN in its 2008 video game awards and the Innovation Award at the British Academy Video Games Awards 2009. It was also nominated for multiple other awards, including Best New IP and Best Sports Game.

9. IDL Function

Interviewing…. in continue….








April 15, 2009

Nokia N810 Tablet —— The Gadget Lab Review (Part One)

Nokia N810 Tablet ------ A Powerful Mobile Internet Device

The Nokia N810 Tablet is the newest Linux-based Nokia’s N-series handheld which integrates some popular services and functions such as Internet access, Email, making video calls, navigation and most of the functions of Netbook to attract a small group of customer.

System specifications:

CPU

400MHz Texas Instruments OMAP2420

OS

Internet Tablet OS2008 (Maemo Linux)

Memory

128MB RAM, 256MB Flash

Storage

2GB internal memory

Expansion

MiniSD card slot (supports up to 32GB)
Compatible with miniSD and microSD (with adapter)

Supported
file formats

Audio: AAC, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA
Video: 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, RV, ASF, WMV9
Photo: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, SVG Tiny, TIFF, WBMP
Optional applications support DivX, XviD, Ogg Vorbis, etc.

Wireless

802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GPS

Display

4.13" touchscreen (800 x 480, 65K colors)

Size

5.04" x 2.83" x 0.55"

Weight

226g

Battery

Nokia Battery BP-4L

Other characteristics

Ambient light sensor

Integrated VGA web camera

Integrated desk stand

High quality stereo speakers and sensitive microphone

3.5 mm stereo headphone plug

Smooth slide with integrated QWERTY keyboard


What’s in box?

The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet comes in a simple package with a picture of the device displayed on it. Inside the box, the Nokia N810 is on the top layer and the bottom layer includes the standard accessories:

Nokia Battery BP-4L

Nokia Stereo Headset HS-48

Nokia Travel Charger AC-4

Nokia Car Holder CR-89

Pouch CP-223

Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101

Get started guide

Safety, warranty, and other product information booklet

The main function of Nokia N810

Web experience:

The well design Mazilla Brower for N810, which includes Adobe Flash 9 plug-in and AJAX functionality to support interactive web applications, will provide a fast and user-friend web 2.0 experiences with the support of the full QWERTY keyboard and the high-resolution 4.13 inches widescreen.

The following pictures are taken from Nokia website, youtube and goolge UK in order to testing the performance of Mazilla Brower.

Nokia UK: N810

YouTube: What is WMG?

Google Document:


As a result, with the help of Adobe® Flash® 9 plugin, the Mazilla supported the video and audio perfectly. One surprising function is the Nokia N810 can fully support the Google Document, which is much better than other portable devices (Mobile, Ipod) which only can open and edit Google Document as a sample list.

Performance rate: 10/10


Communications:

Although the N810 is not a mobile phone, it's still a powerful communications device. Let’s begin from the communication menu of N810.

Internet messaging and calling with video: VOIP video call (Skype or other VOIP service providers),

Instant Messenger:

With the help of the applications Pidgin and Gizmo, you can easily access into the most popular instant messengers such as MSN, Google Chat, Nokia chat, Yahoo messenger, ICQ, QQ, AIM, MyspaceIM, etc. This is fantastic, you don’t need to install each one; the only thing is to input your login account and press “next”

Email application and web-based email support:

The email application of Nokia N810 supports most of the mail service providers such as googlemail, hotmail, O2, Vodafone, orange, BT, AIM, AOL, yahoo, mac, tesco…

You also can set up your Warwick email easily through POP3 or check your email anytime through web Brower. One problem is you can’t synchronize your emails with your Outlook.

Bluetooth function (Bluetooth headset and data transfer):

To transfer data to and from the Nokia N810, Bluetooth is available. Just hold the pen for seconds on a file, you can choose to transfer the file via email or Bluetooth.

Performance rate: 09/10


Entertainment:

In-built media player for viewing and listening to downloaded, transfered or streamed media content and easy-on-device management of media library

Direct access to shared media over Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

Supported video formats: 3GP, AVI, WMV, MP4, H263, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV (RealVideo)

Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, RA (RealAudio), WAV

Supported playlist formats: M3U, PLS, ASX, WAX, WVX, WPL

A sensitive integrated microphone and integrated stereo speakers are standard. Optional Bluetooth headphones and an FM transmitter for playing music through a car radio are also available.


The music player and video player

Photo: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, SVG Tiny, TIFF, WBMP

Image viewing with slideshow

Popular media applications are also available: Internet radio, Canola, Mediabox (Mobile TV), Youtube, Mplayer, Maemo Recorder, camera, Mplayer……

Based on the powerful and extendible Linux-based application, Nokia N810 can support the most of current media formats, which is better than Archos media player and IPod Touch. But, there are still some improvements need to be taken like the interface could be much better, not just looks like a windows mobile style. About the photo viewing, IPod touch could be the best portable device at the moment. The quality of Nokia N810 is impressive, but the speed is very slow, and extremely slow when opens the high resolution image.

Performance rating: 7/10


Navigation

Build-in GPS receiver, Nokia Maps with pre-loaded maps including points of interest,

Premium services available on purchase including Wayfinder navigation

If you actually want to use the Nokia N810 as a navigation system with the aid of these maps and the built-in GPS receiver, you have to purchase a licence for the Wayfinder application. This licence will also offer spoken navigation on the Nokia N810. There are various licences available, for example; the licence for the whole of Western Europe costs 90 Euros for one year. The screen and built-in loud speaker serve well for navigating.

I never have a chance to try the navigation (You know, it is costlyL ); there is a demonstration video on YouTube from thoughtfix. But according to the previous experiences of Nokia N95, the performance of N-series wasn’t that good. TOMTOM is much better than it.

Performance rate: 05/10


Utilities

The Nokia N810 provides many useful and effective applications and tools; and you can download more apps via applications manager. See following examples:

Scientific Calculator

N810 integrates a very useful scientific calculator, and it is much enough for the daily usage.

Calendar

You may find the calendar of N810 is very familiar if you are using Nokia symbian S60 3rd OS. It provides four different views: daily view, weekly view, monthly view and events view. You won’t miss any event or date because all your events will be displayed in the right bottom. And you also can set a reminder just in case. Another amazing function is it can synchronize with your Google calendar via a small plug-in which is downloadable in apps manager.

World clock

The world clock is very interesting. It will automatically set your current time zone as your home. Then you can check the time in different cities or countries by pointing to the right place in the world map. The map includes all of the major cities of the world. The clock function is also available.

Notes, Maemopad+, Checklist

I have to say the note function is impressive. Firstly, it has four different fonts and supports the font size from 6 to 32. You also can edit the word by Bold, Italic, underline, even customize you own color.

Secondly, it provides word suggests when you input.

Thirdly, providing the sketch function for a quick note or drawing

At last, you won’t believe it but it’s true. You can use some of the windows commands like Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+T …

PDF Reader

Reading a PDF file is not a problem if you carry N810 with you. It can fully display both the text and picture without delay. However, you can’t edit it at the moment.

File manager

RSS Reader


Application manager

Like the apple store, N810 can download and install many apps via its own Application manager. The well organized category will help you choose the right application quickly. The categories of application manager include accessories, communication, email, games, graphics, internet, business, finance, media, office, network, support, utilities, system tools, even programming.

Handwriting

Another interesting character is the handwriting recognition. You can add your own writing style to improve the accuracy of input.

Overall, the performance of N810’s utilities is impressive. You may feel you are using a small computer rather than a tablet device. However, some of the apps need take seconds to respond which will drive you crazy. And until now, I have not found any applications which can work with the Microsoft office.

Performance rate: 7/10

To be continued


April 06, 2009

Welcome to the Gadget lab blog at the IDL

As part of the Digital Lab we have a collection of gadgets available :GL logo2

These will be used for play, testing, evaluating and innovating.

We welcome peoples comments about these items.

The Gadget lab is based on 1st floor of International Digital Lab, University of Warwick. It is the nearest spot to the reception, and you will find a Microsoft Surface in there.


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