Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Future is Now

Robert Ambrogi highlights the arrival of a new technology that is about to change everything - live video streaming from your cell-phone to the web:

A new service enables anyone with a 3G mobile video phone to broadcast live video to the Web and archive the video for later viewing. Called ComVu PocketCaster, it works with Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones (list of supported phones). Literally with the push of one button on your phone, PocketCaster begins streaming video to the Web, either to a ComVu page or to your own blog or other preselected Web page. And with the push of another button, it will send e-mails or text messages to your designated contacts notifying them of the live video stream. Streams are simultaneously archived on ComVu's servers, so that you and others can watch them anytime from their computers or phones.

Mr. Ambrogi focuses on the likely professional applications for this technology, but those aside, imagine what this development is about to for news reporting, citizen journalism and blogging (especially vacation blogging, oh no!).


- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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