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This ad shows tech-savvy Nokia owners modding their phones, adding them to robots, and using them to control blinkenlights displays. Not sure if the N8 offers any concrete benefits for this sort of use, but it’s nice to see the maker culture reflected in a mainstream ad.

John Baichtal

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  1. erik scott says:

    The N810 (not actually a cellphone) is pretty nice for this kind of thing. Touchscreen, keyboard, 802.11, bluetooth, video camera, and runs a Linux 2.6 kernel. You can even solder to some pads and get a serial port out of there… see http://bu3sch.de/joomla/index.php/nokia-n810-serial-console

    The N8 is, unfortunately, not related. But the N900 is an updated N810, and is also a phone, and in the US it supposedly will work on T-Mobile’s network. I only have an N800 and an N810, though.

  2. Huh, that’s really interesting. Although I notice that all of the modifications I see have to do with the *outside* of the phone, or using it as a single device for neat things. This seems like a no-brainer for manufacturers – the only question is one of marketing; do they want to target makers and hackers as a customer segment? What would be more interesting would be to see people taking the phone *apart* or somehow using its components, but I don’t know what benefit that gives the manufacturer. I’ve written a bit more about this here:¬†http://justindunham.net/2011/10/making-things-maker-friendly/

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