Video: OneDotZero "Identity" Installation – Powered by the Nokia N900.

| September 14, 2009 | Reply

The main attraction at BFI was the Nokia N900 and the “Identity” Installation that was powered by the N900.

You just type in your message on the N900, and via projector, displays your text across a 42 metre long wall (with 6 projectors). The text themselves are made up from twitter feeds concerning onedotzero. If you wrote about it during whilst the installation was/is up, you’re tweet became part of that art.

The app worked using the touch screen and the accelerometer which are both very responsive.

Here are a couple of my videos  – credit to gerrymoth for idea of using “Identity” for advertisment :p.

This first video contains two simultaneous shots, one of Roger demonstrating in the lower left, and the rest of the actual “Identity” projection responding to what Roger’s doing instantly.


The second video gets a random song from YouTube with the upload (if it worked). It sort of fits the whole trance vibe the projection is giving me.


Much of Nokia’s aim was to raise awareness for the capabilities of the N900. One developer noted that “building for Maemo5 is like building for pc – you’ve got all the components you’ll need all ready for you.” They backed up that statement with a lot of developer speak  that I don’t understand, but the gist is

“N900 and Maemo is really easy to make applications for.”

Also, speaking with Valério – a Maemo developer, he informs me that despite what seems to be a Fragmented Nokia OS portfolio, with Symbian and Maemo both with flagship Nseries devices – “Qt” (pronounced cute) means that when you develop a Qt app for Maemo – it’s very simple to recompile for Qt in Symbian. I won’t go into a Symbian v Maemo thing for now.

Stay tuned to – there’s a couple more N900 related posts coming soon.

Big thanks to Donna, Robbie and Adam WOMWorld for the invite and looking after us! Was awesome meeting up with WOM team again and meet new bloggers

  • Mike from MobileMentalism
  • Neil from mypocket OS
  • Gerry from NokiaAddict
  • eBook enthusiast Roger from
  • developers Valério from (he’s also a blogger) and Gary (one of the creators of “Identity”)
  • and Nokia N900 Maemo master, Jussi Mäkinen.

JM Nokia 😀

It always goes over my mates heads the moment I start talking about anything phone/Nokia so I just express it on my blog.

This weekend was slightly the escape of my inner geek. I thoroughly enjoy the conversations at these events.

It’s great to rant to actual people (in the same room) who could respond with more rants, ideas, and even widen your perspective on the situation of Nokia and mobile, as well as learning so much from the developers and being able to give direct feedback and suggestions to high ranking Nokia staff who have the capability of carrying out ideas that could work for Nokia.


Sam (volunteer for Identity), Neil and Roger


Eager texters. Neil, Gerry and Valerio

No Mike unfortunately.


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