Archive for August, 2007

stamkey – your personal QR code

stamkey – the personal stamp that is unique and links to your own personal home page! Linking the real and virtual!


every unit has a QRCode stamp inside it which is unique. stamp the  QRCode on a sheet of paper and then access it. The first time allows you to “claim” that page as your own and add your personal info. Then in future you can just stamp your QRCode on a handy piece of paper, rather than giving away your personal details by IR. It’s so much more tactile!



mobile books outsell paper books!

its happened already! the hit mobile books are outselling their dead-tree counterparts.

The 魔法のiらんど (Mahou no i-Land) folks threw a party to celebrate the million sales of 【赤い系】(Red Thread).

RedThread was published by Goma books, but distributed on mobile by Mahou.

“We never imagined it would take off like this, and are just astounded. This all started the year before last, when we consulted with Mahô i-land about a publication to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of our company. More than three million cell phone novels have been published so far this year. I want to establish this not simply as a fad, but as a new kind of culture.”

Masayoshi Yoshino, president of Goma Books, said in his opening remarks. (via Japanese Writer’s House)


Mahou no i-Land (Magic Island) was one of the first mobile communities in japan, providing free mobile home-pages. They changed their business model to provide mobile books. In fact a lot of books are written on the mobile phone too – by ordinary folks. Some of the books are printed to paper and distributed to convenience stores around japan too.

The big publishers have moved quickly into mobile books and mobile manga, but few have embraced user-generated content as much as community sites like MahouNo i.

D eNA’s mobile game town is also big on “creators” – the term for people who write their own content on the phone.

Plug: Pikkle will soon be opening “” a mobile SNS for manga fans.

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blogparts == mobile apps

the mobile screen is almost the same size as a blog-widget (called “blog parts” here in japan). The only barrier between the two is the tech platform – no dhtml on mobile phones here yet. So it was nice to see this viral piece from Kerb that works both on yer blog and on da phone, courtesy of flash lite 2.0::

green button to start, then red button to grab down.


Presentation archive

I’ve presented at the Games Developer’s Conference (and GDC mobile) a number of times about what’s going on in mobile here in japan.Below are links to some of these presentations. These offer a look at the more innovative applications and services coming out of Japan in the last few years – still many things are way ahead of the west.

most of these files are quite large powerpoints, so here is the direct link to the directory listingEnjoy!

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