Access and Emblaze Mobile release ‘Else Intuition’

With the iPhone currently seeming near uncatchable in terms of branding, even companies with established names within mobile technology must resort to good old-fashioned ingenuity to widen their slice of the smartphone market pie. Rather than following the popular trend of churning out a phone that looks a bit like an iPhone but has a bigger screen, that so many manufacturers are peddling, Access and Emblaze Mobile have teamed up to produce the quite progressive Else Intuition.

emblaze-access-else-intuitionBuilt with Access Linux Platform v.3.0, the Else Intuition offers a completely new and innovative user experience. Its major selling point is that it isn’t simply a phone with a set of novelty functions. Its camera, MP3 player and GPS device are of such standard, they claim, that they would challenge the quality of a stand alone device made to perform that sole function. It is, therefore, marketed as a product that is all these devices in one shiny futuristic box. There’s something comfortably Zen about their claim that when you select your required function, say the camera, the Else Intuition actually becomes a camera; it is no longer a phone, but a camera waiting to transform into a phone once more. We all know the frustration of lining up the perfect shot only for your phone to ring. So when you’re using the Else Intuition as a camera or a GPS, the phone won’t automatically interrupt what you’re doing but can be set to leave a message to the caller that you are temporarily engage in more fulfilling artistic pursuits. Of course its primary function is a mobile phone, and so the Else Intuition can be set to interrupt if so desired.

It appears research has shown the designers that busy people rarely have both hands free – a necessity for most smartphone users lacking adequate thumb reach. As a result the main menu can be set on the right and scrolled through in a fan shape. To the relief of left-handed users, the menu can also be set to the centre of the screen.

With a 5 megapixel camera, the Else Intuition could certainly give lower priced cameras a run for their money. However, with a 16 GB flash memory, throwing away your MP3 player may be a little unwise quite yet.

Look out Q, here comes the W Phonewatch

Miniscule, inconspicuous and with its real identity masked, even James Bond’s “Q” would be proud of Kempler & Strauss’s W Phonewatch.

As the name suggests, the W Phonewatch is a cellphone, disguised as a wristwatch. Although unlike the torrent of wrist-watch phones that have saturated the market in recent years, which awkwardly lie on its owner’s wrists and become more of a hindrance than a help, the W Phonewatch is the world’s smallest, fully-featured, GMS unlocked cellphone available, offering discretion with a multitude of features.

It is mind-boggling how such a slim-line and unobtrusive device can host such throng of facets, including a built-in camera, multimedia stereo player, Outlook contact sync, video recorder and games.

Because the W Phonewatch is Bluetooth-enabled, it allows for seamless communication when used in conjunction with existing Bluetooth devices. But particularly, Kempler & Strauss insist, when it’s used with their own micro stereo Bluetooth headset, known as the Communicator. Keeping up the W Phonewatch’s ‘emissary’ theme, the Communicator is proudly advertised on its ability to be stored in the most hidden of places, like a shirt pocket. There is even a micro USB port incorporated that connects to a charger and a PC, giving frustrated and tired eyes some respite from squinting at the W Phonewatch’s diminutive screen.

Although pioneering in its aesthetical and dimensional advances, a phone offering this amount of feature diversity in such a condensed product, there are bound to be some drawbacks. Its tiny menus rely on the most perfect of vision, whilst its micro-touch user interface relies is most delicate of touches. Positioning such a petite viewfinder accurately results in the ‘happy snapping’ conventional phone cameras proudly offer, being replaced by more ‘haphazard snapping’.

In short, Kempler & Strauss’s W Phonewatch is designed as an accessory – a secondary phone for whenever the urge arises to wear a phone on your wrist. Although as this undeniably intuitive gadget costs just 119.48 GBP, the prospect of wearing a real-life Bond-style phone, watch and camera on your wrist is obtainable, and consequently Kempler & Strauss may be on to a winner.

Shipping for this sophisticated, slight and stylish machine starts in the US on December 20th but won’t be available in the UK until 2010.  So unfortunately unwrapping a W Phonewatch on Christmas Day will not be possible, although the novelty could have worn off by Boxing Day anyway.

Sky Mobile TV comes to App Store

Not content with only allowing XBox users the chance to view their wares, Sky are now offering iPhone devotees the opportunity to stream live TV right into their palm.

Channels such as Sky News, as well as their Sky Sports package, will be available via subscription, allowing you to watch top football action whilst on that tortuously pallid train journey or as you sup that wispily frothy latte in your favourite wi-fi enabled coffee shop.

Parting with £6 a month will see those with an iPhone (or iPod Touch) also able to pick up ESPN and the equine mainstay, At The Races.

Sky Sports on iPhone

Is it worth it? The live Barclays Premier League football on offer is undoubtedly the biggest draw here; the sport has proven to be a major factor in the success of Sky’s satellite service, and conversely, the investment and nourishment Sky has given to English football has injected real money, glamour and pizzazz into the game.

But we’re all used to taking in Torres v Terry on expansive TVs, both at home and in the pub – vast plains of televisual majesty, each blade of grass bristling under your nose and the crowd’s passion reverberating through the living room and your heart too.

And with this in mind, hand-held football threatens to be one epic comedown. The two darlings of Apple, the iPhone and the iPod Touch both boast a high quality display, crisp and sharp. But football is a kinetic, intricate game, brimming with subtle flourishes and – well, a pretty minuscule ball! One look away and you might lose sight of it.

Football is often seen as a communal activity too, from the 22 players on the pitch to the spectators simultaneously breathing in each kick of the ball. And nothing quite beats seeing your team slay your greatest rivals with a bunch of beer-stained mates.

Indulging in live iPhone football whilst lonesome threatens the existence of this particular enchanting past-time, but if you’re away from the big screen and rabidly ponderous of the Manchester Utd. vs Liverpool score, then there’s probably little better way of checking out the game – it’s just a fingertip away. That’s if you can see the ball, mind.