Feeds

Nokia gets trippy with 'light messaging'

Make SMS recipients' phones light up to signal your mood

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

It can be hard to guess the sender's mood from their text messages, so Nokia has applied to patent a communications technology that uses light to express emotion.

The document – filed earlier this month – describes a technology called “light messaging” which essentially allows you text an emoticon to your friend that, when received, would cause their phone to light up in a pre-defined colour.

Nokia also described a veritable disco-in-your-pocket situation where the phone’s body would flash or pulsate after receiving a message – perhaps until you send the recipient a reply.

The Finnish giant also wants to use light messaging alongside traditional voice communications or “any other suitable form of electronic device communication”.

For example, you could opt for someone’s phone to pulse or flash red so that the recipient’s aware of your incoming call’s high priority.

Although building the technology into mobile phones would probably be Nokia’s first choice, the firm also said light messaging could be used in digital cameras, MP3 players, portable games consoles, PDAs and notebooks. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.