Nokia 3D World Gaze is a pretty cool app built with the premise that the Earth is a giant sphere and we are always on top of it. What follows is that far-away continents and cities are in reality somewhere below you and not linear, like we usually think of them.
So how it works is that you simply point your phone in a direction and it lets you see through the surface (and insides) of the planet all the way to the other side. You can use it to explore your immediate surroundings or fly to any part of the world. In addition to geographical features such as continents in their real physical locations, Nokia 3D World Gaze allows you to see geotagged media, day and night regions, current location of the Sun, and other content from locations around the world.
So while looking at an area of the world, you can tap the pictures button to see pictures from that region or the latest news. The N9 version even features Wikitravel searches based on city name. Have a look at the demo to see how it actually works.
Via the Beta Labs, Nokia has just rolled out a brand new beta of the Ovi Suite with a brand new home view which concentrates on improving the general quality of the suite with special regard to stability, sync and the maps loading experience. Another major focus has been better integration of the Ovi Music and eliminating the need of needing the Ovi Player for music management and downloads.
Additionally the installation and first time use wizards have been optimized to reduce steps needed to start to use Nokia Ovi Suite.
A new, Home view
Quick access to my content and sync
Recommended apps, games from Ovi Store
Recommended music from Ovi Music *
Notifications to update your phone software and to take a backup from your phone
Smart way to connect to the Internet when you’re without fixed connection or WLAN
Introducing Ovi Music
Full playback controls
Discover and download your favourites from the millions of tracks available on Ovi*
Drag and drop music to and from your phone
Ovi Music Unlimited support *
No need for a separate player
Faster and simpler installation
Maps view improvements: Single item delete for maps in phone, performance improvements for maps downloading.
Stability and sync: We have focused on improvements for sync and stability
You can download the release after signing in with your Nokia Account at the beta labs website, although the link seems to be broken for now. This release supports all new Symbian^3 devices as well as the N900.
If you were hoping for Mac support, you will be happy to know that you can continue doing so.
An interesting new application called ‘Nokia Handwriting Calculator‘ has just come out of the Nokia Beta Labs. The application’s function is to allow you to calculate handwritten math expressions with a touch-screen Nokia device that includes, both the Tablets and S60 Touch. While it is nothing groundbreaking, Nokia is using it to demonstrate its new handwriting recognition technology. What comes as a suprise is that there even exists a Windows version. (Screenshot above – click to enlarge).
The reason for creating a windows variant was perhaps just to allow a broad range of people to experience this technology as both the Tablets and S60 Touch do not have wide penetration yet. Handwriting regognition has existed in devices for a long time now, but that mostly has been for text input, this application is perhaps a change towards more handwriting centric applications.
Here is a video introducting the same by Ilkka Peltola.