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Dec. 7, 2011 WCA Mobile Life Changers

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Sunnyvale at Nokia Silicon Valley, WCA presented “Next Generation, Life-Changing Mobile & LBS Solutions plus WCA Holiday Party.” Gigi Wang of WCA moderated panelists Bo Begole of PARC, Micha Benolier of OpenGarden, Juliana Carnes of MVS, Kayshav Dattatri of Cisco Systems, Christophe Ramstein of Immersion and Brian Salisbury of TeleCommunication Systems.

Here are things that are on the horizon:

A system that can remind you to bring your accident paperwork to an insurance office.

A heads up GPS display so you can see where you are going without looking at one of those dashboard screens.

A mesh network that doesn’t overload in crowded heavy usage situations like airports or sporting events.

A touch screen with haptic feedback so real you can feel virtual guitar strings.

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June 2, 2011 SDF Cisco Toerless Eckert Medianet

On June 2, 2011 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile Internet SIG presented Cisco’s Toerless Eckert “Medianet – The Intelligence Network, Providing Best Quality Rich-media.” Toerless Eckert is a Principal Engineer in Cisco Network Operating Systems Technology Group (NOSTG) working as a Technology and Systems architect on Medianet, Video and IP Multicast.  He deals with Routing, MPLS and video in streaming/IPTV/conferencing including the co-design of Cisco LSM solution (Labe Switched Multicast) and IP Multicast support DOCSIS 3.0.

He thinks that by 2014, video traffic will account for over 91 percent of global consumer IP traffic, consisting of telepresence, video surveillance, collaboration-on-the-fly, and streaming media. Medianet can help deal with that growth. Medianet can be aware, detect, configure and optimize media, endpoints and the network.

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Mar. 9, 2011 SDF Nokia Mobile Photography

On March 9, 2011 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Technology SIG hosted Nokia research scientists Timo Ahonen and Marius Tico’s presentation “Photography 2.0 – Mobile computational photography for consumers.” They demonstrated their work with Stanford overcoming the current limitations of mobile device cameras. The breakthroughs were the new open source camera control API called Frankencamera, high dynamic range (HDR) and panoramic photography.

The limitations of traditional photography like optics, lighting, framing, and resolution are effectively dealt with on a standalone digital camera. Add a bigger lens, increase memory or get a faster processor chip. You can fix the image when you get back to your computer. Squeezing those solutions into a mobile device with other applications forces developers to compensate with new imaging software strategies. People want to take, process and distribute their images immediately.

One solution is high dynamic range (HDR), to take more than one picture at the same time. The photographer clicks the button and at least two different images are taken. One image gathers the bright data parts, another the dark. These sets of data are analyzed for noise and motion. The images are overlapped and synchronized to allow for shaky hands and blurring. The software then finds a happy medium and presents a final picture.

I have been skeptical of mobile cameras like the ones in the Apple iPad2. A mobile device manufacturer invariably brags that they have a camera and then show me an image worthy of a 1950’s Interpol pinhole camera. Nokia’s team may have a goal of matching standalone, dedicated cameras but what I saw seemed quite acceptable for web use.

What are the larger implications? The best camera is the one you have in your hand. In the future, it will likely be your phone. People can now quickly take and send accurate images and send them around the world. Mobile photography is now driving a political revolution as well as a technological one. The big picture may consist of a lot of smaller ones.

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Dec. 2, 2010 SDF Mobile Holiday Event

December 2, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG held a Sponsor Appreciation & Holiday Event. Sponsors presenting their 2011 initiatives were Microsoft, Nokia, Orange and SAP. Bruno  Terkaly of Microsoft gave an overview of Windows Phone 7 overview for consumers. Tony Kueh of SAP’s Sybase talked about payments, carrier provisioning, SMS and MMS transactions. Satya  Mallya of Orange talked about apps, systems integration and and running multiple operating systems. Samir Agarwal of MeeGo explained how MeeGo is true open source and a handset will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

Joe Jasin took an audience survey of 47 people about which of the many OS’s which were the top 3 for the audience to develop on presently. I did not believe the the results, but maybe it was just the crowd:

Android 25
Symbian 3
Brew 0
Microsoft 6
MeeGo 6
BREW 0
Apple 8
Palm 3
RIM 0

Jasin also asked “If Facebook were to have an OS ready tomorrow would you develop on it?” The answer was a unanimous NO! He was surprised, and said, “Wow, now lets get the age demographic in the room.”

I would like to thank Joe Jasin for his contribution to this article.

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Oct. 12, 2010 SDF GetJar Bruce Jones

On October 12, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted Bruce Jones of GetJar’s presentation “Beyond Mobile App Store Distribution — Is it a b2b gold mine or b2c fool’s gold?” GetJar is the largest cross platform app store with a scalable open architecture, independent of any carrier or device manufacturer. With a billion downloads annually, Jones says it has “an attractive ROI platform and a fair revenue sharing model. GetJar has the broadest scalability supporting over 2,300 handsets as opposed to just one like the Apple iPhone.” Revenue is made from app companies with pay per download to consumer or white label app storefronts. GetJar’s favorite bay tech area partner is www.deviceanywhere.com.

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May 6, 2010 SDF MeeGo Mobile Open Source

On May 6, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, SDForum Mobile SIG presented “Meet MeeGo – Open Source Development Opportunity in Mobile Computing” with Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation, Samir Agarwal of Nokia and Peter Kronowitt of Intel. They discussed the project structure, platform contribution process and unique development opportunities in mobile open source. The MeeGo project combines Intel’s Moblin™ and Nokia’s Maemo projects into one Linux-based, open source software platform for the next generation of computing devices using a common development framework called Qt.

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Mar. 4, 2010 SDF Wedbush and MoSoNex

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On Thursday March 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted “Digital Media End-User Demographics and Generations” to discuss mobile consumption and distribution in the current mobile markets. The convergence of digital media in telecommunications and the Internet is spreading to all age groups and across international boundaries. Text from DJCline.com

Scott Sutherland, Managing Director of Technology Investments at Wedbush gave one of the best snapshots of the mobile industry so far. There are seven billion people on the planet, five billion have cell phones and one billion have Internet access. Mobile devices are now the dominant computing platform on the planet displacing desktop or laptop computers. The mobile market is fragmented by carriers, manufacturers and regulation. Companies that control hardware, software, content and the distribution network will eventually marginalize this crowded field. Text from DJCline.com

Who will dominate? Carriers jealously control access to get their percentage of texting and video. Hardware and software players push for proprietary standards. Content developers try to guard their content with DRM. Each of these controls only a part of the mobile market. Apple controls every aspect of the customer experience except the network it must get from carriers like AT&T. Google controls software with Android and arguably access to content, but does not control the hardware or network. The growth of WiFi could bypass the carriers entirely. The winners will be those who can dramatically simplify the situation for users. Text from DJCline.com

Gurminder Singh, Ph.D. CTO and COO of MoSoNex has devised such a solution. He wanted to send family pictures from America to his mother in India. He sent them to a relative’s cell phone living in the same house as his mother. While it took seconds to send the pictures half way around the world it took a month to transfer the pictures from a cell phone to a TV. Text from DJCline.com

MoSoNex has figured out how to simplify this process. You set up a friends and family network with all the players identified for easy access. You can then take a picture with your cell phone and send it to your grandmother. She can watch it on her iPTV or any other device like another cell phone. He also understands the broader implications of sending this beyond family and friends. I think you could make the group as large as you want and become a one man CNN by charging subscribers or selling ads. Text from DJCline.com

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Sept. 18, 2009 SDF Innovation and Corporate Research Fair

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On September 18, 2009 in Santa Clara at Techmart, SDForum held the Second Annual Open Innovation and Corporate Research Fair: “Innovating in a Down Economy”. Silicon Valley’s leading high-tech corporations, including EMC, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Nokia and PayPal shared their thoughts, insights and best practices on how not only to survive, but to identify market share and growth opportunities. Learn how industry leaders innovate and how to partner with them.

Keynote Speakers included Gene Alston of PayPal, Sheryl Chamberlain of EMC, Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran of Forbes.com, Rich Friedrich of Hewlett-Packard, Deborah Magid of IBM and John Shen of Nokia Research Center.

Mark F. Radcliffe of DLA Piper moderated panelists Don Clark of NEC, Gary Getz of Strategos, Suzanne Harrison of Gathering2.0, Ron S. Laurie of Inflexion Point Group and David Smith of Tynax. The topic was”Open Innovation in Practice”.

Priya Ganapati of Wired Digital gave the closing summary on the need for basic research.

In the afternoon there were technology exhibitions by the participating companies like Dojo House, Huawei, LongJump, Nokia, PayPal, rrripple, and Zeus.

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Aug. 24, 2009 SDF Nokia Augmented

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On August 24, 2009 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SDForum’s Augmented SIG hosted Nokia’s research and developers to talk about augmentation technology. Ramakrishna Vendantham demonstrated how a Nokia N95 can recognize a music CD cover. Kari Pulli and Radek Grzeszczuk talked about software that will not only recognize products with bar codes and labels but buildings and faces. They showed how an experimental visor can track eye movement and then zoom in on whatever you focus on. Combined with GPS and publicly available information it helps people navigate around cities. This would great for the visually impaired or people who get lost easily. Text from DJ Cline.com

All of this depends on a cell phone’s camera finding enough data points to compare with an existing database of images. The problem is that the database is usually not in the phone but must be accessed over a network. They combine several recognition strategies and database trees to create a “forest” that finds results fast over an existing network. The result is a technology that literally see the forest for the trees.

Here is link to the slides.T20090824SDFAugmentext from DJ Cline.com

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Oct. 28, 2008 SDF Venture Circle Dinner

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October 28, 2008 at SAP Labs in Palo Alto SDForum held an exclusive Venture Circle Dinner to invited venture capitalist and sponsors. Sanjay Poonen, SVP and GM of Performance Optimization Applications at Business Objects presented “A New Class of Business User Applications: How They Are Relevant In Uncertain Economic Times.” Continue reading Oct. 28, 2008 SDF Venture Circle Dinner

Feb. 26, 2008 SDF Virtual Goes Mobile 2

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On February 26, 2008, at the TechMart in Santa Clara, SDForum held an event on the convergence of virtual worlds and mobile technologies. Continue reading Feb. 26, 2008 SDF Virtual Goes Mobile 2