While most mobile phone users still primarily use their handsets to make calls, send a text message and snap a picture or two, there are an ever-increasing number of interesting applications. A lot of these probably have very niche markets, but a few could be the next big thing. After all, who ever expected that people would actually type a message when they could make a call? Here is a look at a few new apps that could be the wave of the future:
Mobile Streaming to BD-Live
The Blu-ray Disc home video format still has a ways to go. Although the rival HD-DVD format lost its campaign to be the de facto standard for HD movies, Blu-ray still faces competition from downloads. However, Nortel and RCDb have demonstrated a new Video Bulletin Board application that will allow mobile phone users to send images and videos to any BD-Live enabled Blu-ray Disc player. Blu-ray.com is reporting that this technology was demonstrated at this week’s TelcoTV conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The person receiving the image or video would be able to use a click-to-call feature to then communicate with the person who sent them the media. The BD-Live technology is apparently able to do what numerous set top boxes, including those of Web TV, Media Center PCs and even the latest gaming consoles have thus far been unable to accomplish — namely being able to utilize a mobile phone to connect to a TV via the Internet.
Miri Systems Lets You Pay Your Credit Card Bill From Your Handset
This week Miri Systems has announced its new MiriPay, a credit card payment system that makes it possible to point your mobile phone at a device at a retail location, and with the press of a button and snap of a photo to make a credit card payment. This would replace the traditional “plastic” aspect of credit cards in hopes of defeating the growing theft of credit card numbers.
The key to this system is that the number you are using is a one-time only use number, which the system generates for each use. This way nobody can copy the number and steel your card and possibly identity.
This technology is still likely a ways off, but being able to use a phone to make credit card purchases out while shopping could make it easier, and it could mean one less thing to carry — even if it is just that thin plastic card.
WikiTap Lets Users Read and Contribute
The WikiTap app is now available for free download for the iPhone and Android-compatible handsets (from the Apple Store and Android Market), and this mobile application will let users read and “micro-contribute” multimedia content to Wikipedia while on the go. WikiTap is designed to let users quickly and easily search Wikipeida, and it pulls the most relevant content from the first keystrokes. Users can then enhance the entries by adding photos, video and text.