3The Other Porsche
4Have SAP, Will Travel
6Near-Field Communication (NFC)
7All Work and No Play …
Conference-goers could stand in front of near-human-size BlackBerry with a functioning front camera to create a personalized BBM Avatar-the high-tech version of stick-your-face-in-the-hole plywood cutouts. Once photographed as a Canadian Mountie, or worse, a user could tap in his email address to have the image sent to him.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said RIM is absolutely still pursuing consumer customers. It’s just being smarter about using partnerships to cover bases-such as gaming or mapping-that aren’t “core” to RIM. A company called Incipio sells, among other things, a no-slip, wonderful-feeling PlayBook case for gamers.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service in Ontario owns two of the five police cruisers outfitted with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet that’s part of a custom solution produced by a company called Mobile Innovations. The constable who drives the car says it’s the envy of the fleet, nicknamed the “PlayBook Cruiser.”
10PlayBook Cruiser Interior
The PlayBook is small and light enough that it fits in an officer’s cargo pants pocket. It’s used for everything from recording witness statements to looking up bad guys to reporting the condition of the car at the beginning of every shift. BlackBerry Balance software helps make the solution compliant with federal regulations.
12High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
A reminder that RIM still has millions of consumer customers.