Check it out with the powered Nokia N900. You’ve got not only a phone controlled quadropter, it sends live video feedback directly to the phone.
That’s not the cool thing. This is a project by Kate Alhola to learn MeeGo and Qt Quick whilst having fun with flying gadgets.
The original blogpost is very informative, covering things such as how to make modern apps with Qt Quick components, making MeeGo versions of iPhone applications as well as dispelling the myth that Maemo is not dead and people should still develop for it, albeit with Qt.
The best option today is to develop with maemo5 with Qt and Qt Quick and when a MeeGo handset is released, just deploy your application for it, it is that easy.
There’s also mention of a “MeeGo base device”. I don’t know if that’s N900 or a special MeeGo device for Nokia internally. Finally an interesting note on Qt as the best development platform where (cheesiness) the only limit is your imagination. Well that’s good, and hopefully more developers see it this way.
A frequent suggestion in blog comments relating to Nokia is to go with Android/WP7 and when it was available, to go buy Palm for WebOS. Why? Nokia has in house, Symbian and Maemo, the latter of which has become MeeGo – though the phone side has no presence on the market since there are no purpose built MeeGo phones.
Well in this transition stage where Symbian is waiting for the major UI change and MeeGo is still waiting to escape the birth canal, frustration rests upon some users and onlookers of Symbian^3 (the only real Nokia smartphone choice atm) as not having the same glitsy glamour and UI appeal of its competition. Nokia is always praised for the hardware, though last year with N900 got rapturous awe for its powerful and potential filled software – but that’s now canned for MeeGo.
Therefore, is it rightly so that Nokia should look to others as a temporary measure? Or is this not suitable for Nokia’s long term success? Does a successful phone manufacturer need it’s own operating system to survive? There’s a lot resting on the events that unfold for Nokia in 2011.
In an ideal world where anything could happen – If Nokia Smartphones could have any but only one Operating System, what would you like it to be? Read more…
These could have been separate posts but since it has taken me so long to get around to posting them let’s do a quick summary:
- N900 users, Minhaz on talk.maemo.org has found an update for Angry Birds.
- Symbian^3 users can now get Angry Birds Seasons on Ovi Store for £1.50!
- We’re getting a Angry Birds plush toy from WOMWorld/Nokia 😀
Video: Preview of CloudGPS – Smoothest maps for Nokia N900 – with accelerometer control, 3D buildings and instant zoom
It’s a very slick operation. The maps can be scrolled through extremely quickly, you’ve got accelerometer controls of maps, experimental 3D buildings, instant zooming (very fast), and really quick GPS based map rotation
Thanks to Jim again for the heads up to firstname.lastname@example.org
Got no WiFi? Got no phone signal? That’s two things I haven’t got in my room this year :(. Could be happening to you if you’re in some random poor WiFi hotel room.
Well that’s not going to stop the Nokia N900. Here it is connecting to the internet via an Ethernet Cable. Yeah, that wired thing my laptop is currently chained to due to prohibition of WiFi here (So no making the LAN into WLAN). USB-RJ45 and USB A/F-A/F are also used.
Web pages load fine and pretty quickly.
divan0 shares with us a pretty cool video of USB on the Go for the N900. We saw it the other day playing back a movie directly from a DVD drive over USB to Go. Here’s something a little more day-to-day/practical.
- 2:04 N900 huge video file playback. Not a problem for the N900
- 3:25 N900 Copying 1.46GB file from flash drive to N900
- 07:50 N900 finishes copying – 4.25 minutes. That’s what my windows machine says it takes to copy a 700mb movie to my flash drive. (ha, 4 minutes not 3. My A-level math tutor shakes his head in shame)
360NextLevel gives us a video tutorial on how to install the WebOS version of Asphalt 5 on the Nokia N900. Yes, WebOS.
It’s a little technical and you may need to check out other videos to complete all the instructions.