- 25 Feb 08, 19:35 GMT
Mobile phones are transforming into multimedia devices. From photos to GPS and video phones are being put to extreme challenges.
One Silicon Valley based firm, Qik.com, has developed a tool which turns your phone into a live broadcasting system.
I'm meeting the CEO of Qik later today and will be broadcasting the interview live on my phone - a first for the Dot.Life blog, and probably a first for BBC News.
You can watch the interview here live from about 00.30 GMT (Tuesday) or 1630 PST (Monday).
UPDATE: So I "went live" from my mobile phone for the first time today. I did a quick interview with the CEO of Qik.com Ramu Sunkara and then sat down with some of the firm's staff to discuss life as a start-up and to get a measure of their ambitions.
The first thing to note is that the technology works as advertised. Qik is a piece of software you download to your phone that both buffers and sends footage back in real time to the Qik servers, which transcode the video into flash.
You can embed your Qik "channel" on pretty much any website and people can watch your exploits live, leave comments, or watch the video back later as it sits on Qik's servers.
Qik is a great example of how mobile phones are taking full advantage of technologies which are collapsing into one device - multimedia capabilities, messaging, always on connections and the robustness of the phone's operating system.
But for Qik to ultimately succeed it requires the coalescence of a number of things - first the continued evolution of network capability, which is a bit of a given.
Then the removal of costs barriers around data charges, which appears to happening.
Finally, it needs a paradigm shift in how people approach mobile video because the "live" element changes everything.
The great strength of mobile handsets is that they transcend space and time. Video can be recorded and then played back on the net, via sites like YouTube, whenever we want.
Do we want our lives to be actually "live"?
Ramu Sunkara believes we do.
I think Qik offers great potential for bloggers, citizen journalists and potentially professional broadcasters.
As Flash codecs improve and bandwidth on cell networks develop there is terrific scope to do some of our reporting live via a phone.
The big question for Qik is how can they make money?
Bhaskar Roy from the firm told me that Qik is currently focused on its community, growing its users and improving the experience.
The firm also sees itself as a potential mobile video partner for third parties - and I was told of one such arrangement the firm will announce in a few weeks time.
My one question that keeps nagging at the back of mind though is - does the mainstream want to broadcast live from a phone? What do you think?
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