Nokia spies new opportunity for MMS

Looking to create more multimedia content, no doubt to drive up sales of tomorrow's range of mobile phones, Nokia turns its hand to some rather covert gadgetry.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  April 7, 2003

Forget new phones (for now): Nokia has unleashed a range of spy gadgets including a digital pen, observation camera and compatible image viewer. So why, having emerged over the last fifteen years as the ultimate mobile heavyweight, would Nokia build kit that wouldn’t look out of place in a CIA briefcase?

The answer is simply that new mobile phones alone aren’t enough to drive new multimedia services. Content is key.

With the digital pen you can draw or write on specially printed paper, and then transfer your scribblings to a compatible mobile phone via Bluetooth. It stores up to 100 A5 pages in digital format and connects to a PC by USB.

The camera can be set to send images to an email address or MMS-enabled phone when motion is detected, a change in temperature is observed or when an SMS query is sent to the device.

Meanwhile, the image viewer is designed to let you show MMS images on a grander medium, by plugging into a TV screen or video projector. Again, images are transferred from a mobile phone to the viewer wirelessly through Bluetooth.

The cost of such gadgetry won’t be determined until later this year. Wannabe Bonds, watch this space.

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