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AHA MEDIA is very thankful to receive a Kodak Playtouch from our Secret Santa for Christmas 2010

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very thankful and grateful to receive such a wonderful gift from our anonymous benefactors!

We are so happy to be able to continue to do mobile media coverage of our neighbourhood in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below are photos of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA holding a Kodak Playtouch from our Secret Santa.

AHA MEDIA is pleased to do active community engagement in the neighbourhoods of the Vancouver Downtown Eastsise (DTES)

AHA MEDIA excitedly looks forward to the NOKIA N8 smartphone in Vancouver

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA excitedly looks forward to the NOKIA N8 smartphone in Vancouver!

AHA MEDIA has been using Nokia’s cameraphones for much of their mobile media production including livestreaming and excitedly awaits for the NOKIA N8′s camera with 12 MP with Carl Zeiss lens and 720 HD  16:9 wide screen video recording capability!!

See more NOKIA’s N8 here

Photography

Camera

  • 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Large 1/1.83″ optical format image sensor
  • Fullscreen 16:9 viewfinder with easy-to-use touch screen parameters
  • Xenon flash with automatic red-eye removal
  • Face tracking/detection software
  • Autofocus
  • Focal length: 5.9 mm (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm film format)
  • F number/Aperture: F2.8
  • Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF
  • Zoom up to 2x (digital) for still images
  • Zoom up to 3x (digital) for video
  • Secondary camera for video calls (QVGA, 640 x 480 pixels), still image and video capture
  • Favourite settings feature
  • Still camera manual controls for white balance, scene mode, exposure compensation, colour tone, viewfinder framing grid, sharpness, contrast, flash control, light sensitivity (ISO), self-timer, face detection
Image capture
  • Automatic location tagging (Geotagging) of images and videos
  • Images automatically taken in the correct orientation
  • Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer
  • View photos by tag cloud, month, album, slide show
  • Photo editor
  • Online Share with connectivity to popular sharing services
Other
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32GB
  • High-Speed microUSB to PC connectivity
 

Video

Video cameras

  • Main camera
    • 12 megapixel with Carl Zeiss optics
    • HD quality 720p resolution
    • Shoot 16:9 videos in HD
    • 3x digital zoom
  • Video capture in 720p 25 fps with codecs H.264, MPEG-4
  • Ambient stereo audio recording in video (AAC 128kbps, 48 kHz sampling) plus new algorithms to reduce wind noise and control recording level in harsh environments
  • Settings for low light (reduced frame rate), white balance, colour tone
  • Secondary camera for video calls (QVGA, 640 x 480 pixels), still image and video capture
Video codecs & formats
  • H.264 (base profile, main profile, high profile), MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, Real video 10
  • Streaming: H.264, Flash Lite 4 (Flash 10 compatibility for video), On2 VP6, Sorenson Spark
Video sharing and playback
  • HD 720p Video playback on HD TV through HDMI cable
  • *Dolby Digital Plus surround sound when played with HDMI & a home theatre
  • Support for download, streaming, and progressive download
  • Video editing software
  • Videos application: collection of stored videos
  • On demand Web TV widgets to watch local & global internet streaming TV
  • Support for Flash video
  • YouTube browsing and streaming
  • Video call support (WCDMA network services)

Sailboats on the water in Vancouver

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

A beautiful but cold day in Vancouver inspired AHA MEDIA to take photos of our majestic mountains, waters and sailboats

AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media and Nokia mobile smartphone cameras

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile of W2 congratulates Mobile Voices/Voces Móvile in Los Angeles, California for winning the U.N. mobile technology award!

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project of W2  Community Media Arts in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)  warmly congratulates Mobile technology project Mobile Voices/Voces Móvile in Los Angeles, California for winning the U.N. mobile technology award!

Below is a photo of April, Amanda Garces, Mark Burdett and Honey Mae in Vancouver

Mobile Voices/Voces Móviles microreporting site wins U.N. mobile technology award

Mobile Voices/Voces Móviles, the microblogging project designed in collaboration with USC Annenberg and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, or IDEPSCA, has won a United Nations-sponsored World Summit Award for innovative mobile applications. The collaborative project is one of five winners in the “m-Inclusion & Empowerment” category, targeted to those apps that “support integration within the global information society.”

Mobile Voices is an open-source platform that lets mobile phone users post text, photo and video content to a publicly available website. Day laborers and household workers across Los Angeles, as well as members of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), have used the interface to report news, distribute information and share stories about their work, lives, and their points of view.

IDEPSCA’s Popular Communication team, which is made up of the day laborers and household workers who developed the Mobile Voices system, prepared the following statement:

“This is an effort of more than 2 years, where IDEPSCA’s day laborers and household workers, in collaboration with USC, worked collectively in a participatory method. Today, we fulfill our goal of consolidating Mobile Voices as a window to the universe where the voices of those who for centuries have been excluded from the word can be heard. Silence has been broken and our voice was heard in a far away place in the Middle East. There is no work done in vain.”

“This effort has been transformative and inspiring,” said Amanda Garces, Mobile Voices project manager at IDEPSCA. “Winning this award truly reflects the essence of the Mobile Voices project. IDEPSCA’s popular education methodology has created the path for the workers to become subjects of their own reality. The workers truly live IDEPSCA’s motto of reading reality to write their own history. Their commitment is invaluable.”

“One of the unique strengths of VozMob is that it was designed from the start in close collaboration with the immigrant workers it serves,” said communication professor François Bar, one of the USC Annenberg scholars on the project team. “This United Nations award brings global recognition to the value of our participatory design approach.”

“The award is a great honor for everyone who has worked hard to make VozMob a success — IDEPSCA and LACAN workers, community organizers, Annenberg students and open-source programmers,” Bar said.

The awards are given by the United Nations in recognition of online and mobile content that promotes global digital access and inclusion in the communication revolution, especially in developing countries and underserved communities. More than 420 products from nearly 100 countries were considered for awards.

Other winners in Mobile Voices’ award category included a German application providing resources for handicapped people and an SMS-integrated program linking remote communities in Guatemala.

The winning project teams will receive their awards in December at the World Summit Award Mobile Winners’ Gala, Conference and Expo in Abu Dhabi. In addition to an awards ceremony, the three-day conference brings together global leaders in mobile application development for networking and knowledge exchange.

About IDEPSCA
The roots of the Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) trace back to 1984, when a group of students and parents met in Central Park in the City of Pasadena to confront racism, educational inequalities and the lack of affordable housing. Stories of joy, struggle and hope became mirrors for educational and organizing processes. This experience, and systematic practice that evolved from it, has given IDEPSCA the tools and methods to successfully work with low-income workers and others groups committed to solving problems in their own communities.

About the USC Annenberg School for Communication
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.

About the World Summit Award-Mobile
Organized by the International Center for New Media in Salzburg, the World Summit Award-Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and the United National Global Alliance for ICT and Development. The WSA-mobile is the only ICT event worldwide that reaches the mobile community in over 160 countries and is able to promote the best mobile content and innovative applications out of this huge selection.

Day 2 of Nokia #N97minitour from Vancouver to Salmon Arm, BC

July 7, 2010 3 comments

A bright and sunny day heralded Day 2 of Nokia #N97minitour from Canada Place, Vancouver to Salmon Arm, BC showcasing the Nokia N97 mini smartphone

See livestream videos of today’s trip using a Nokia N97 mini smartphone at http://www.qik.com/ahamedia, and http://www.youtube.com/ahafilm, they will be in reverse chronological order

In this video is a first look at Nokia #N97minitour RV at Canada Place, Vancouver with fellow crew members, Tom Hall, John Biehler, Daniel and Michael Kwan

Below is a photo of an Nokia N97 mini with a Snaptu desktop

Below are photos of the interior of the Nokia #N97minitour RV

Below is a photo with Nokia smartphones N900, N97 mini and NE71

Below is a photo of the Nokia #N97minitour RV parked at our first stop at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack, BC

Below is a photo of Chris and Tom having lunch at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack, BC

Below is a photo of Tom Hall filming Daniel and Michael Kwan holding Day 1 Nokia N97 mini challenge

Below is Tom Hall taking a photo of our #N97minitour RV while we stop for a nature walk at Silver Rails in Coquihalla Canyon Recreation Area

Below is a photo of Nokia N97 mini in #N97minitour RV, taken from back of the vehicle towards the front

Below is a photo of Michael Kwan using his Nokia N97 mini while arriving in Salmon Arm, BC

Below is a livestream video of our Nokia #N97minitour arrival at Super 8 in Salmon Arm, BC

Below is a photo of the VERY EXPENSIVE Room Rate for a Single, 2 Persons, 1 Bed at $1119.95 Daily

Below are photos of the Nokia #N97minitour crew at Settler’s Pub in Salmon Arm

Below is a video where Tom Hall of WOMWorld Nokia films on a Nokia N97 mini the crew of Nokia #N97minitour showing the results of First Minotaur challenge and day’s thoughts in Salmon Arm, BC

Below is a photo of our four Nokia N97 mini smartphones all combined to make up our #N97minitour crew logo – the “Minotaur”

In the next photo and video, Tom Hall of WOMWorld Nokia speaks on when they decided to surprise three UK bloggers with a full on N97 mini delivery and loud mariachi band as part of Nokia Human Research to crew members of #N97minitour in Salmon Arm, BC

Below is a video from WOMWorld Nokia showing Tom Hall delivering Nokia N97 minis  while a Mariachi Band plays the Nokia Theme Song

All preceeding photos and videos were filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on either a Nokia N97 mini cameraphone or a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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