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I recently became aware of an application called demoFone, which is a webcasting application for S60 and UIQ3 devices.
I personally own a nokia N95 8GB and try out all the new apps! This is akin to qik on the (share your sreen with all) level.
If you are at all familiar with webcasting, you know the benifit of being able to share your screen with people, ‘specially when you’re trying to get a point across without flying around the world to point to “that” icon on the desk, or email that “massive” raw photo you just took.
With WebCasting you can have virtual meetings around the world and share the contents of your desktop, images, video, documents, etc.
After just a few minutes of testing the demoFone application, I was more than sold! I’m always trying to explain myself over the phone with some luck, but run into problems when it comes to the photo I just took or the document I have local to my device, etc. but don’t really want to email it out (just yet) or I’d rather walk someone through the use of an application on my device.
With demofone I was able to do just that… and with video capabilities as well. It does not have audio (yet), but with more users and the likelyhood of it’s popularity, I quickly see this application becoming a winner with many who just need to get their point across without mailing or texting back and forth like crazy! AND, like many older webCasting services, you can just make the phone call (on another device) or on the same device (assuming you have some sort of semi-detached headset so you can see what you’re doing on the device) and talk at the same time. It’s that easy. I’d of course use wi-fi for display, as it will be much quicker, but if you need to, your mobile providers data connection will work too, slowly, but it works. :)
demoFone, you g/uy/al/s have a great product here!
Below is a short video I took with qik of the application in use on my device.No comments
|It’s been a long time coming, after all, we’ve had video conference / chat since before the internet, skype has it, AIM and MSN has/d it… however, after trying Google’s gMail Video chat, I must say, I’m impressed.Installation was near instantaneous, and almost completely behind the scenes. I had no idea it was installed (most likely a few seconds later) when I had clicked the “Install Voice and Video Chat” button, as it wasn’t until I wondered what was going on, and moved my browser out of the way that I saw the completion dialog box behind chrome.
That was nice and quick, just needed a more obvious confirmation.
|As for usage… well, nothing seemed to really tell me that the settings are within the “chat” portion of your gMail “settings“, but that wasn’t to hard to figure out.
I started off like this… installed, hmmm, what do I do now? Friend IMd me… oh cool, an opportunity, within the browser (gMail),
|I started chatting and then clicked “video and more”,|
|this enabled a smaller turn up (kinda like a clock rotation / pop up)… once I did that, it was then blatantly obvious to click “video chat” or invite the friend to video chat.My chat-hort was unaware it was out yet, so we had an audio conversation at first… smooth and easily understood. I was on a wired connection and he wi-fi at $bucks and once I told him the great news, he immediately clicked on the red text at the top of his gMail or iGoogle page that said, “| New! Video chat |” and his download was as instantaneous as mine.
We were off, with the install there was not even a need to restart the conversation, it just worked, immediately! Now that is seamless!
I made a few adjustments in the “Camera” settings drop down, and it immediately changed in the chat session I had going… no hang up, no reboot, no hassle at all, it just worked. Again, SEEMLESS!
Google, I must say, it’s an impressive addition to the already easy and clean gTalk (chat) function already available. NOW, I want to see it available as a mobile application (and please don’t fall into the iPhone only trap, at least make it for Symbian devices as well. Otherwise I’ll just continue using Fring and qik.com for video confrencing on my Nokia N95-4 8GB. ;)
Oh, and on a slightly sadder note… I have two PPC macs, and this does not work on PPC. :( So, I was restricted to using it on my PC, since I don’t have an intelMac. :( I feel like I’m being left out with fewer apps being made for PPC.
Well, I’ve done a reasonable amount of testing with the newly release mobile stickam application.
Here’s how I feel about it:
It’s ok. There, done. ;)
No, really, the app is nice, BUT… qik still has it over stickam.
Reasons: Qik records your video/stream and you can link to the archived footage, download it in 3GP or FLV formats, auto or manual post it to YouTube and a multitude of other Social Networks (video/audio/or text). Qik also has a bit better quality going on for it!
I’ve been using qik since it’s release pretty much… and the developers have also been easy to talk with, and obtain special releases to test, that eventually get out into the wild. :)
Qik also has the application available for more than the Nokia N95.
What does Stickam have, that qik does not? Well, from my testing, only two things… stickam shows you the number of viewers (qik could easily impliment) and stickam allows you to change your cameras orientation (when using the back (higher quality) cam). I do like both those features, but, not enough to do a total switch.
Winner: Qik, I love being able to read real time chats and converse with users on the other end (knowing how many people ware watching is not helpful if you can’t really chat). And the quality is great! In addition to all the other awesome networking features qik offers (like posting and downloading what you’ve done). :)
Qik, keep it up… and stickam, if you want to “compete” with the likes of qik, you’ve got a long road ahead. I’ll keep using stickam for my lappys and desktops, but while I’m mobile, it’s qik baby! :)3 comments
Like I said in my last post, “These guys are hilarious!” Dave Mora and Jay Arza’s second show, and it’s still as funny as H.E. double hockey stick! :) This week, the guys are talkin’ about everything from how horrible Lazer Tag is, to lame eaters in the theater (eatin’ during a movie). Phone rings again, this time does not buzz (but it’s not ’cause the phone is on silent). ;) Guys, the buzz is do to the signal (which happens in silent or otherwise) :) Anyway, like before, I don’t want to ruin it, you just have to listen! I’m lovin’ it. This first show is only 24 minutes and 09 seconds.
Video is still just a power point of statements made, actual footage may be in the “beta” stage. ;)
You can also follow them on twitter, I’d assume for show updates and other fun stuff using:
Or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.orgNo comments
These guys are hilarious! Dave Mora and Jay Arza’s first show, and it’s great! :) These guys talk about everything from movies, to Seattle, to rent, to ear aches, Dave’s phone buzzes’ in the speakers (’cause a twitter), he sneezes on the show. Ok, I don’t want to ruin it, you just have to listen! I love it. I’ve found a new weekly vid or podcast to watch/listen to. This first show is only 26 minutes and 31 seconds, so it’s not a horrible strain of your time.
I’d embed the video, but I’m going to wait a bit to do that as I’m sure they’d like the traffic. :)
You can also follow them on twitter, I’d assume for show updates and other fun stuff using:1 comment
Thanks to the awesome developers at qik.com, I was able to get a beta version of the most recent qik software for my Nokia N95 8GB 0.08.72! Let me tell you, it was well worth it!
I’ve used their software since the original version, and it’s been great… except for a few little quirks/desires.
I recently road the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, 2008 again this year (my 8th time, thank you. :) Anyway, I had a few problems with the first version(s) of qik’s software in that, the back light (screen) would always stay lit, making it a major suck on the battery life, and, the inability to run in the background (use other apps while recording).
Enter “request” of the qik developers, of course what I wanted the features for (the 204 mile bike ride)… and they added both giving me the newest beta version to test out on this ride! I probably don’t have to tell you, just those two features alone, made a HUGE difference functionality and longevity! Not only did I get a massive increase in stream life (due to the light shutting off automatically), but I was also able to record with the camera in the background saving me from accidentally stopping it with bangs against the handle bars!
Having the camera in the background (using “stay in background”) was a life saver for a few reasons. I could utilize other apps while I was recording, making it nice to grab information and relay it as you record, say, you’re doing an interview, and you need to Google info, or shoot a plurk or tweet, pick up a phone call, etc. etc. With this newest version of Qik 0.08.72 you can do just that and not have to stop the recording or be limited to the 10 second time out if you leave the screen. (picking up a phone call may stop the stream anyhow on a cell network, (unless your streaming on wi-fi))
Additionally, if you’ve left the qik screen, while it’s recording in the background, those annoying accidental depressions of a button that might stop your stream (like in my case of constant banging against handle bars), don’t happen. Yeah!! :)
The second feature, is a no-brainer. (auto light off or “Economy mode”). We all know when the light/screen is active on any portable device, it sucks the juice from your battery VERY quickly. Well, by simply allowing the back light to shut off while recording, basically doubled my recording time. That was awesome! OK, so I wasn’t able to get the entire 204 miles streamed, but hey, how many want to watch someone ride 204 miles? Even the Tour de France takes breaks and has some commercial interruptions. Saves on some motion sickness. ;)
One cool thing about qik (in a situation like this) is it’s live (it’s not yesterday). While riding the STP this year, I saw some individuals riding in front of a pickup with a lady and her heavy high quality, (slowing the ride) camera. Although great that they can give you that 2 mile an hour quality video, I think it’s over, it’s done, I’ve streamed it for you while it happened using QIK.com’s service. You can watch it as it happens or well, later. :)
If you’re curious about the ride I’ve been referring to (the STP), see this post. I’ve included some screen shots of the new version’s “options menu”. Great work Qik Team!
Now for audio and (PIP) Picture in Picture for other incoming qikers, full on Video phone, here we come! :) And AT&T (at this time), a better cell network so I can use 640×480 more frequently. :)
On a site/api functionality level, it would be great if we could post “updates” like “I’m streaming live right now…” to an email address. I love that qik auto posts to twitter, but I’d like to do the same with other SNs. Many SNs have an email we can send to. If we could set up email addresses to notify when we are live, that would seal a MAJOR gap in the notification process. No? :)
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OK, so this weekend is the STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic) for those unfamiliar with the acronym (it’s not the Stone Temple Pilots). ;) The ride is July 12-13 being a 1 or 2 day ride (we will ride 2). This will be my 8th ride and this is my goal:
I plan to stream AS MUCH of the 2 day event that I can via my Nokia N95 8GB while riding. I will be with some friends, so there will be a bit of banter, I’m sure (it’ll help keep it more interesting). No music for safety (unless you want to mash up your own after each clip).
Here is the list of items I will use to archive this (a live stream) as long as I can.
Device: Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM
Software: Qik, Live Audio Video Streaming from a mobile Phone
Batteries: 1 1200 mAh and 1 1600 mAh
Standard wall charger for overnight battery refuels at the Centralia half-way point.
Green Recharging: HYmini Solar and Wind powered charger
Protective waterproof casing and a Gorilla Pod for stability
Here’s the trick… I will most likely be unable to stream every waking moment for a few reasons:
1. this is being done via AT&T’s cell network. So, we are dependent on their coverage which is obviously not everywhere. :(
2. even though I have portable recharging while I ride, streaming takes up so much juice, I can’t recharge as fast as I can use it. :( (however I will do a full recharge at the Centralia half-way point for finish line coverage.)
So, with those things in mind, feel free to keep this page open to watch as we go live. If you never see the video come back, you may have to refresh, but qik (the service I’m using to do this) is pretty good at reloading when live. Or, you can go to the direct page at http://qik.com/thecolor
If you ask me, this capability is amazing! It changes the way we “do media”. Qik’s software and capabilities bring everything to us, NOW, and I’m totally stoked to do this!
By going to the qik page you can use the Live Chat feature, but please be aware I may not be able to see the stream, nor will I be looking at it allot for safety reasons. I will glance every now and then to be sure it’s still streaming, etc. but if you say something and I see it, I’ll speak up. :)
Each of these streams are archived once complete and are available on qik as downloads and Youtube (under “thecolor“). So, you can either refer others to the qik.com/thecolor page for the live coverage + and or, just refer them to the specific recorded link/downloads if you want to show a previously recorded stream.
Wish us luck on a fun and sunny ride and that we get as much coverage of it as possible. :)
Here is one riders page to wish him luck as well. :)
P.S. if you want an auto notification of when it goes live (given those moments it drops for bad coverage, or otherwise)… you can follow me on twitter (user “thecolor“) and auto posts are made as soon as I go live. :)2 comments
I need to do a video comparison of the recordings my Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM does on it’s own (stored locally) and those that Qik.com allows me to stream at its highest quality. I tell you, if the qualities are anywhere near the same, Qik will be most likely replace my local video storage all except for those moments I just can’t stream. :) I recently recorded my bike ride utilizing numerous functions of my phone to get a real good test of things.
I received my wind powered (solar backed up) charger and mounted it to my bike. Once that was on, I turned on my devices GPS (using free.3dtracking.net) to record my ride, I turned on the music so I’d be have something to pedal too and utilized the front camera of my device to stream via Qik’s mobile audio/video streaming service!
I tell you, this just rocked! Not only did I start off with less than a full battery, but, I road for an hour (recorded for 59.30 minutes) and used all those things the entire time. Once I stopped, and unplugged my device from the wind powered charger I still had 4 bars. The wind powered charger did exactly what it said it would, and streaming on the lower end of Qik’s service was great. Using all those things without a charge station of some sort would really put the drain on your battery and it would be dead in less than an hour (I’ve tested this just by recording using qik.com (not playing music or using GPS, just recording on qik).)
I was most likely on AT&T’s 3G (HSDPA) service the whole time, and never saw a (delay indication). Granted I was not always looking, I’ve managed to drive with it and have no delay indicator.
I streamed up to qik, recorded the entire time, (the screen stays lit while recording with qik) and as we all know, screen activity reall drains a battery. I was constantly pulling a gps signal from a min of 9 sats, and uploading my position every 30 seconds to track using free.3dtracking.net and playing the music.
All in all, I’m very impressed with all the features mentioned above. The Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM rocks, Qik.com rocks, free.3dtracking.net rocks, and so does thinkgeek.com’s solar and wind powered charger!
How will I ever make this “analog thing” work? :(No comments
Ok, in testing Qik further today, I managed to get an entire 120:30 minutes recorded!!! On an odd note, Qik only represents it as an 18:09 min file, although the entire recording seems to be there. :) Now that is freakin’ awesome! I just dinked around, sat down and watched a movie and checked it when the movie was done!
I tell ya, (despite that it’s not high-def, hey the camera is not), it beats not having that kind of storage on many devices, espically if you want to record everything, and walks all over Comvu PocketCaster’s 100mb of storage. All you really have to worry about with Qik’s service (as far as I can tell at this point) is a net connection for the broadcast/recording and juice (battery). I had to plug my N95 in, but since I was connected to my wi-fi, I was fine for connectivity!
I’m guessing that Qik will handle as well (if not better) than Comvu’s PocketCaster with 3G (HSDPA) in streaming content, but we will see how well it holds up to that type of connection while traveling on a bicycle at 20+ mph for 16+ miles. Cell hand-offs can be a pain, even for calls, so it will be a great test to see a transmission in movement. Obviously I won’t be able to blog on it while riding (except for the concentrated grunts and oofs) and it would be better blogged about after I view the recorded stream, but feel free to comment if you are watching it live when I do it, I do believe that will show up in the view comments.
I’m not sure what days will be nice enough to ride here in Seattle soon (as I don’t have a weather proof holder for my bike yet)… but I’ve ordered a case that will allow me to mount the phone to the bike along with the chargers. Once I receive those, I’ll blog that I will test or that I have tested and you can check it out then… (it should be soon as they are all in the mail)!
Lastly (for tonight)… I use a free live GPS tracking service called “3DTracking“… I plan to use that at the same time as I like to record my rides and my fiancee likes to watch me ride up to her work or see where I am on a long ride! :) For Qik, I am requesting such a service be built in conjunction with the next software build! It would rock if I could not only record massive life experiences, but where they took place as well without having to write it all down later… exif baby, exif! People could not only see the live experience but view exactly where it is on the map at the same time (again, always live!)
Thanks for the GREAT software, I promise to keep testing it like crazy!!1 comment
Ok, I’ve just now gotten, (received) my QIK authorization, and software link and as you can tell from the “rain like” sound in the background as it re-echos the sound of my keyboard typing in the firefox tab behind my review, QIK rules!!!.
So far, the quality beats PocketCaster by several levels (not quite DVD (or near) as the N95 produces on it’s own, but quite nice. I’m using wi-fi at the moment at my house… so further tests will show it’s ability and quality once I’m out using AT&T’s HSDPA (3G) or GPRS connections. However, I must say it is VERY nice so far! I’ve still not received a notice for flixwagon, so that will be another post, if I ever get an invite!
Thanks QIK guys, (and I’d guess Michael more specifically.) :)
Download was near instantanious over my N95-4 8GB NAM once I got the SMS to my device, installation was a breeze at 313kb, and usage is simple, straight forward. I’ve yet to figure out if there is a rotation function in the software (as it is taking the footage wide screen (but HEY, don’t we all love widescreen)? ;)
The stored recordings online are equal quality to that of which I see on screen, and appear (at the moment) not to have a limit of storage size. Sadly, PocketCaster has a limit of 100mb, and I just hate having to delete my life once it’s recorded! Ya know what I mean? After all, I got the service for the purpose of recording my every move (granted my battery stays charged). :)
You also have the ability to post to:
twitter, seesmic, blogger, mobuzz.tv, justin.tv, youtube, and pownce… I’ll use the provided embed codes for posting in wordpress. I’m sure with a bit more research (beings I’ve only had it active and playing for approx 20 minutes now) I’ll find out more FUN things to do with the software and website! Bravo QIK!.
Now… for that test while I am sleeping, what do I sound like. To bad the N95 does not have a night mode so I can see it too.
I’ll keep you posted on the testing and fun, otherwise, check it out at qik.com
The echo is kind of funny. Specially when I clear my throat. ;)
Here is the embed function Qik provides from the user profile page: