Verizon Embeds Flash

Verizon Embeds Flash:

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that the multimedia Flash technology, which enhances graphics and enables rich video and animation on PCs, will be embedded in applications made for Verizon Wireless cell phones. Verizon is the first wireless carrier in North America to embed Flash Lite, the companies said.

Flash Lite for Brew“, developed by Adobe and Qualcomm, beefs up graphics and animation for Verizon’s “Get It Now” downloads, explains C/Net. Qualcomm’s Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) development platform is similar and competitive with cellular-based Java applications. A preview release of the Flash Lite 2.1 Update to Flash Professional 8 is available for free download, enabling developers to create, preview and test Flash Lite content and applications.

The Weather Channel today announced the launch of its first Flash Lite downloadable application. The subscription service delivers detailed forecasts, animated radar and satellite maps, severe weather alerts and national severe news including hurricane coverage.

Verizon’s “Get It Now” service includes games, ring tones and other applications such as news and weather. The technology will initially work on four Verizon Wireless phones: The LG VX9800, the Motorola Razr V3c and V3m, and the Samsung SCH-a950. Flash Lite will be available on additional handsets in the coming weeks, Verizon said.

Nokia has integrated Macromedia Flash technology into the Series 60 Platform. Macromedia and Nokia will also provide integrated mobile development tool sets that will enable developers to more rapidly and efficiently create compelling Flash content for mobile devices, while leveraging their existing expertise and brand assets.

Macromedia’s Flash Player for Pocket PC provides a slick interface. Developers who want to create standalone projectors for easy distribution of their content can get Standalone Macromedia Flash Player.

Unlike the J2ME platform, where any developer can upload and execute software on any supported handset, BREW applications must be digitally signed. Java ME devices implement a profile. The most common is the Mobile Information Device Profile (Midlet), for cell phones and PDAs. has news on the latest open source Midlets

for Java phones like

Gmail mobile,

Google Maps Mobile and


Daisyphone (right), is a java applet that can be downloaded free to cellphones or PDA. It lets you create collaborative public media. Individuals can compose their own sampled sound, then upload it to a public sound sculpture.

The tempo is set by the speed at which a ‘radar arm’ rotates around the daisy. You place notes on the petals of Daisyphone and choose your instruments from the stamen. People are given different colours.

How about a giant umbrella on Waterfront Park that visualizes “city cloud” status and acts as a collaborative art project:

  • The umbrella handle, resembling a small tree trunk, is created from 1,000 recycled cell phones. They randomly ring with bird and animal songs.
  • The umbrella would be 25 feet in diameter and composed of 2,000 LEDs, changing colors depending on node activity in the city cloud.
  • Electro Luminesent wire (ElWire) would delineate 32 sectors and “sweep” like a radar
  • A java applet, based on the Daisyphone (right), could be downloaded into cellphones or laptops to create a collaborative musical composition as the radar sweeps around the umbrella.
  • A picnic table under the umbrella provides shelter.

Viacom Outdoor has a permanent network of Bluetooth-enabled poster sites on the London Undergound. Tube users can download content on to their mobiles using Bluetooth devices housed inside the interactive posters.

Channel 4 is the first advertiser to take advantage of the new advertising channel, using the poster sites to promote FourDocs, its broadband documentary channel which encourages the public to view and make their own 4 minute documentaries.
Viacom Outdoor has installed 15 Bluetooth ‘Jacks’ developed by technology company Wideray.

WiFi in combination with collaborative, interactive, projects might reflect and extend social connections.

Multiplayer Wireless Games and innovative wireless projects might be free in public areas.

One Percent for Art is a program that designates one percent of the capital cost of government construction projects for public art. Many city and county governments have found that a percent for art program is a good investment.

In 2005, the City of Portland and Multnomah County mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of their Percent for Art ordinances. It’s administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). It also receives grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors.

Some agencies have public art programs, too. Portland’s TriMet created one in 1992 in anticipation of the westside MAX light rail. The program became permanent in 1997. TriMet’s public art program has added vitality to the regional transit system. The Portland Mall renovation project has allocated

approximately $750,000 to fund the Mall art program.

Java-based (J2ME — Java 2 Micro Edition) is used by New York’s Virtual Guide with the Voyager 2.0 development package making it compatible with a wide variety of operating systems and mobile devices.

I believe that a public art component is essential for city clouds. It sets a tone of collaboration, promoting understanding, diffusing tensions and enhancing productivity.

The Wireless Athens Zone has developed hundreds of mobile applications. Each year, they select a theme to anchor its investigation of mobile media. Students and faculty collaborate with industry leaders to produce prototypes around this theme.

DailyWireless has more on Virtual Guides, GPS PDAs, Audio Beamforming, Shakespeare PDA Tour and

Embedded MP-3 Virtual Tours. I hear bird songs, whales and


“To see the world in a grain of sand,

And heaven in a wildflower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.”

– William Blake

DailyWireless has additional pointers permanently linked on the left column under “Metro Art”. Those links include;

ArtBeat, Artbots, Burning Man, Eyebeam and

Rhizome, Coin-operated, Cockeyed, Chunk 6-6-6, Harmony Central, JSyn, Lego Mindstorms, Luminesent Wire, mms2web, PortlandPublicArt, Spectropolis, SLop, Urban Tapestries, Unmediated, VJ Central, Video Synths, WebJam, WebJay, Wireless Art and Wisdom of the Elders.



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