The people behind the ScreenPlay demo

February 18, 2008

One of the demos at our Symbian stand this year was showing off ScreenPlay. It highlighted the benefits you get now that some of our Multimedia technologies such as the camera viewfinder and video playback have been integrated with ScreenPlay.

MWC ScreenPly Demo

What visitors to our stand did not see is all the hard work that went into producing this demo. In this post I hope to shed a little light on how many people came together from all across our organisation to make this demo happen. This is not an exhaustive list of every single person who was somehow involved (for example, some preferred to remain anonymous), but pictured or not they all deserve a big pat on the back. I’m sure the same goes for those who worked on our other MWC demos too.

Graphics Team

These are the people who helped create ScreenPlay in the first place, so obviously the whole team deserves some credit. Some graduates and Deep (pictured below) within Graphics produced the originial demo used in the 2007 Smartphone Show which was the foundation of this new demo.

Deep Prakash and the original ScreenPlay demo

A number of people also provided lots of support during the development of the new demo. Especially Rehan and Simon. Cheers dudes!

Graphics guys

A big thank you also to Rob for helping iron out some last minute bugs and John, their team lead, for allowing them the time to help out!

Base Team

Thanks to our man Vitaly, who provided support for the TV out driver, we were able to show off the demo on the big screen!

Vitaly and TV out

Of course, TV out is no good unless you have the right cables for it. Enter Angelo, the lord of the boards:

Angelo making video cable

Marketing Team

The pretty icons used in the demo were produced by Annabel and Sabeena from the Marketing Department.

Multimedia Icons

Multimedia Team

Integrating the camera viewfinder with ScreenPlay and providing lots of support was done by the camera guys in London: Rahul, Matthew, Brian, Jason & Hitesh.

Camera team

Allowing video decoding to a graphics surface was done by our video gurus in Vancouver. Thanks to David for being the main contact for support:

Video dude

And of course the demo was pieced together, continuously tweaked and presented by Joseph from the video team within Multimedia:

Joseph and the demo on a big screen

Last but not least, I had a small part bugging Joseph with UI ideas and suggestions and also being his side-kick at the MWC Symbian stand in Barcelona.

So there you have it, an excellent example of collaboration in Symbian. Can’t wait to see what we cook up for the next trade show!

Masters of Coffee

February 16, 2008


David & Manel

Once again our baristas did a stirling job! Serving literally hundreds of coffees a day at our stand and in the hospitality suite.

Cheers guys!!

Thanks and good night

February 14, 2008

An exhausted stand staff and blogger toast the end of a very successful show. Well done everyone. Now please can i sleep?

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February 13, 2008
Spice stand at MWC 2008

Spice, an Indian network operator, had some interesting and amusing phones on display. First up is a phone designed for visually impaired people. It has no screen, features braille keys and speaks out the numbers as they are pressed. Sadly there’s no text-to-speech to read SMS messages or anything like that. It is very much a pure phone-phone. Still, I think it’s a very nice idea. Well done Spice!

Braille Phone

Next up is a gamepad attachment for a phone called the “Game King”. It looks and feels as tacky as the it sounds and kind of reminds me of the PolyStation 3!

Game King

They also had some cute freebies at the stand including a very intricate phone pouch. Something for the missus perhaps…

Phone Pouch

Spinvox 3

February 13, 2008

William may have beat me to it, but I’m still going to post about SpinVox. I think his photo just didn’t capture the enormity of their menacing army of box-headed action men…

SpinVox army

Also, I just want to brag about the fact that I got a full-size manniquin and not just a puny keyring. Mwuharharharrr!

SpinVox man

I wonder if Symbian should build an army of figurines with our OS cube as heads. Hmmm….


February 13, 2008

The spinvox army of marching manniquins, trumpet their voice packaging app to infinity, tho perhaps not beyond. This walking wall is a brilliant way of getting your voice messaging message across and their inflatible packaged dolls will definitely become the stand freebie must-have of the show. (even if they do look suspiciously like someone has performed hideous surgery on a million Dr. Who dolls).

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February 12, 2008

I spent some time on the NTT DoCoMo stand today. It’s always fun to drool over the amazing devices and services they have over in Japan. Though it’s then depressing to realise that we currently miss out on much of that stuff here in Europe. (Why I can’t I do contactless payments with my phone yet, dammit!) Here are some photos of things that caught my attention…

1seg mobile TV phones with gorgeous WVGA (800×480) screens:

1seg handsets

High res screen

A phone together with objects that presumably inspired its design:

 Phone design inspiration

And of course, who can forget the classic waterproof phone demo:

Water proof phone