Thanks for the invitation of Nuno Luz, MVP Windows Mobile devices, and Vasco Miguel of PocketPT.net, I had the chance to speak at the Windows Mobile Tech Seminar held in Lisbon, during 11 - 12 of March, 2009.
The event managed to bring together several well known figures from the Windows Mobile area, and as a result, there was a plenitude of interesting topics discussed. For me it was a pleasure to respond to this invitation, and the last 2 weeks I've worked hard on preparing the materials for my topic: Extending your smartphone's functionality.
Using the generic term "smartphone" to refer to various Windows Mobile devices, I've tried to underline some new exciting possibilities offered by this platform, but on the other hand to show the negative effects of various market trends that limit the creativity of mobile developers to "not so interesting" end user applications (with lots of bells and jingles). Sorry iPhone, I'm not a fan, I prefer real tech instead.
To enrich the Mobile experience, several obstacles need to be bypassed, and most of them are related to the data input problems, but also to extending the smartphone's functionality so it would transform in more then a simple phone.
Data input is a problem, because we can't interact very efficiently with a tiny, small shaped device. Typing messages, or using the touch screen might be more difficult then imagined. Of course there are some very intelligent solutions available here, like the innovative Fingertouch software keyboard, or the possibility of using a bluetooth mouse or keyboard with a mobile device, functionality provided by the BlueInput driver.
Here are a few of the features my algorithm implements:
More details on this algorithm and the PC version, can be viewed online, here.
To make the topic more interesting, I've shown how a microcontroller can be used to control a led. Of course this can be extended to controlling various hardware equipment.
Bottom line, there are quite a few exciting new functions your mobile device can do, and I'm sure you didn't think of that before. It's time to enlarge your horizon, and come with something new. Don't let yourself driven by a market trend that tries to make all mobiles look as an iphone (read it: involution).