Nokia PUSH is a new Nokia initiative…
"to give designers, hackers, modders, creatives and artists the chance to get their hands on, and heads inside, the new Nokia N900 & the Maemo platform"
The brief is…
"tell us how you would hack and mod the N900 & Maemo to connect the N900 to something you love"
While it’s not that clear yet what Nokia mean by ‘connect’, the examples on the web site suggest this means connect physically, not Internet connection, although I suppose that could be used in addition to hardwiring an N900 to something.
I find this competition interesting because connection with everyday items isn’t usually considered. As long ago as January 2006 I mentioned a Sprint survey where respondants said they wanted to add practical things to their phone that would interact with their immediate environment (e.g. faxing, temperature, printing, money) rather than traditional converged consumer electronics functionality.
You need to send a proposal by October 5th. Winners will be announced on October 25th and receive N900 devices, funding and support. The solutions will be shown in Nokia flagship stores in Helsinki, London, Tokyo and New York in February/March 2010.