Cheesebikini Cam

September 20th, 2003

I finally joined the 21st Century and set up a live photoblog:

Technically my phonecam belongs to its manufacturer, Nokia. But it’s mine for the semester.

(Definitions: A phonecam is a mobile phone with a camera built in. A live photoblog, also called a “moblog,” is a site where snapshots from a phonecam appear live as they’re taken in the field; the photographer can update the site using nothing but a phonecam.)

The phonecam I’m babysitting is a Nokia 3650; it can capture still photos, audio and short video segments, and it can send this content to any e-mail address. With a little messing around, you can use this to build a photoblog.

I’m working on a project for Nokia at Berkeley; we’re developing applications for these phonecams and creating metadata frameworks that we hope will make it easier for regular people to create, annotate, retrieve, share and work with photos and video. Here are details of the project.

8 Responses to “Cheesebikini Cam”

  1. comment number 1 by: john

    this has nothing to do with the article.

    but flash mobbing in san diego, CA seems to have taken a turn for the worse. it is incredibly lame…lame being the best and only word to describe it.

  2. comment number 2 by: Thomas

    Check out the Carlazone at I’ve hooked her up with a mobile webcam for a few years now, but last Christmas it took the ultimate convergence and turned into a phonecam picture blog using Sprint PCS Vision. A lot better than carrying a small laptop around in a bag…

  3. comment number 3 by: Mike

    WOW! That phone takes fantastic photos. I’m from SF myself (Mission) but living in Kobe, Japan. I just got a picture phone here, but the Nokia you have is great. How much does it cost to send a picture? Mine cost about 30 cents per 12K picture to send by email. I have a panasonic Docomo P504is. Good luck with the study. If I can help, let me know.

  4. comment number 4 by: Rob

    Go to the following locations (the mob you plan to attend) to pick up your mob instructions. Be there at or before the time indicated, volunteers will leave their locations by 1:45PM to attend the mob:


    1:30 In front of the “Improv”, Irvine Spectrum Centre (5 at the 405)

    Special Instructions optional: Bring single stem roses.


    1:30 In front of the “Green Earth CafÈ” (6800 Hollywood Blvd)

    Special Instructions optional: Bring bird seed

    Santa Monica

    1:30 In front of the “Playland Arcade” (350 Santa Monica Pier)

    Special Instructions optional: Bring an empty suitcase and passport (props only you won’t be going anywhere)

    Volunteers will have the letters “GFM” pasted somewhere on their bodies, so look for that.

  5. comment number 5 by: dave

    Don’t forget to include lattitude/longitude meta-data in phones that support it! (eg/ GPS, E911 functionality) so we can put your photos on the map!

  6. comment number 6 by: sean

    I’m all about the location-aware stuff! But my phone doesn’t support latitude and longitude tagging.

    It -does- support cel-number tagging, but I haven’t had time to dig into that… (And it’s not very precise anyway).

  7. comment number 7 by: articus

    How much is a GOOD Phone going for?

  8. comment number 8 by: driverdave

    That’s the only thing I can see a phone cam being good for. Sweet!