Friday, June 1, 2012

Open Web Applications and The Mozilla Concept Series – Seabird

If you’ve already seen that extremely cool promotional video from Mozilla about their latest concept on a mobile phone, then it’s almost certain that you’re bedazzled by the Seabird. But don’t get too excited, because it’s not for sale yet. In reality Mozilla has clearly stated that it will not be manufacturing mobile phones and the Seabird was actually a byproduct of their open web application concept, which has been the major topic of their blog. Billy May was the author of the Seabird and he has been a member of Mozilla Labs where he first introduced the idea of an open web phone concept. Mozilla is solely committed in designing web applications for various platforms just like the firefox and the latest aurora.

The concept phone will feature an ergonomic design with a curved back to put the pico projectors in an elevated position. This will help the phone project the lights at a certain angle so as not to be disturbed by any horizontal plane obstructions. It also features a bluetooth headset that can be used as a remote earpiece as well as a wireless navigator for the phone’s screen. It can be integrated with a laptop or a desktop computer via a specialized dock. It also has an infrared touchpad that works in the same function as a laptop’s touchpad, except this will work on any surface. It has 2 pico projectors that can project the exact image displayed on a computer’s monitor or a virtual keyboard, but what Mozilla labs was trying to achieve through this mobile device is the open web concept.

Open Web
The open web concept is about publishing contents freely online, making the contents (whatever they are) compatible with multiple platforms without any fees or charges and accessing the contents for free as well. However, the market-capitalism infrastructure of our society clashes head-to-head with this concept, there just a few proponents to this idea and the patents that corporations secure for their products virtually hinders free access. The mobile phone trend today is hardwired to copyrighted materials from the moment it is sold, you can’t just download free music on it, you’ll have to purchase the download and it’s the same with mobile apps too! If other mobile phone companies decides to design something like the Seabird, then it most certainly will not have an open web access on it. But the idea is good though, we would make our mobile phones as versatile as our desktop computers.

Will There Be a Real Mozilla Seabird?
Whether or not Mozilla will decide to venture in mobile phone development is solely their decision, but as mentioned before, they seem to have no desire to do so. The Seabird will remain a concept until further notice, but since Billy May wanted this technology to have an open web access it may be safe to say that he will not commercialize the product to make a profit. But one must admit that the concept is indeed at least 3 to 5 years ahead of anything we’ve got today.

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