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Nokia Jeppe – the new face of home video chat?

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The Nokia Jeppe is a remote control video camera on wheels that provides mobile video chat anywhere in the home. At least that’s the theory. At the moment it’s just a concept created by the company’s research labs. They’ve deliberately designed it to resemble a pet to try and break down the technology and make it more accessible.

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The unit is controlled using a Nokia N800 tablet and contains a two way video camera, a sound sensor and a digital compass. Here’s a video of the little tyke in action. Frankly we see this become trash can fodder quite quickly in a normal household.

 As for how Jeppe is controlled, this early version can be commanded by a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, using a pre-defined set of six gestures to trigger movement. Although reasonably limited at the moment, the plan is that Jeppe can be remotely controlled via the Internet, move independently by knowing where he is and routes to other places, and gather up digital info from his surroundings and other devices, that Jeppe could then send to the person controlling him remotely via the web.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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