The following text is a condensed version of an article published on Nokia’s intranet (restricted access) on March 11, 2004. I’ve omitted part of the original text for reasons of company confidentiality and the confidentiality of interviewees.
Trust your life to a piece of Nokia
By Jos Schuurmans March 11, 2004, 16:00
HELSINKI, Finland. — A dozen brains at NVO Multimedia Applications in Ruoholahti have combined their visions of mobility, their entrepreneurial spirit, technological expertise and marketing skill to work on… the "memory prosthesis".
Well, sure, there you have an exaggerated metaphor. No external device is likely to replace the human brain any time soon. But the larger idea certainly holds water and the first tangible result of their efforts will be version 1.0 of Lifeblog, a preview of which will be shown at the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Germany, next week.
NVO Multimedia Applications team’s Director Christian Lindholm has been pushing the case for usability within Nokia for a long time. He invented the Navi-key and has, more recently, been standing at the crib of the Series 60 platform, which he is now actively promoting and developing.