Mobile phones as servers – one to watch

One of those rather dry-sounding reports on TechCrunch that some-company-has-raised-some-investment-for-some-technology caught my eye recently, because in par 2 comes this:

“Conveneer is building a mobile platform called Mikz, which will be able to assign a URL to your mobile phone, making the content on your phone accessible on the Web. In essence, it turns each mobile phone into a Web server. Once your phone has a URL like http://joe.mikz.me, other Web applications and services can ingest the data that is locked in your phone, and also your phone can take advantage of common Web APIs. Mikz can pull information off your phone such as your contacts, GPS coordinates, photos, music, ringtones, and other files. It creates a Web interface for your phone.”

Now, it’s one thing to realise that your typical phone now is more powerful than the PCs of a decade ago, but the real power in computers is their networked nature. This technology – if realised – could open up some incredible possibilities. One that immediately occurs is the possibility to make data on phones searchable -mash that up with GPS data and you can imagine saying ‘Find me images or video on mobile phones within 30 miles of today’s major news event’.

There are likely many more possibilities – and I’d welcome your input here on what this would make possible…

5 thoughts on “Mobile phones as servers – one to watch

  1. Andy

    Interesting news. I think the idea of being able to ‘cloud’ a web network round mobile phones would be really interesting.

    I suppose persuading people to be an open network – we are already training them to lock wifi hubs etc. – might be tricky and getting the phone companies to treat it like the web and let it develop for free before trying to profit could be an interesting challenge.

    I’m thinking that getting media providers in to the mobile market – sponsored phones etc – could open the market though

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  2. Paul Balcerak

    What occurred to me wasn’t so much “Find me images or video on mobile phones within 30 miles of today’s major news event,” but “Find me multimedia across X platforms happening within 30 miles of the major news even going on right now.” Imagine that big, huge wall of TVs that super villains always had in old movies, only piped into anyone’s laptop, desktop or mobile phone.

    For news orgs, imagine being able to zero in on events you thought were particularly interesting and contact the people producing the information (“Oh look, there’s a great photo; wonder if that guy will take $50 for it? Let’s message him” / “Car accident just happened on Southbound I-5 at the Convention Center — post an update to the Web”).

    There are also some stalker-ish scary aspects to consider, but that’s an entirely different discussion.

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