Wifi Talkie - enables chatting round the home
Here's an utterly novel concept - you're at home or at an event and you want to get a message to another family member nearby but out of hearing distance. Assuming that they also have a Symbian phone, Wifi Talkie can turn both your smartphones into fully fledged 'push to talk' walkie talkies, at least as long as you're in Wi-fi range of each other. It's slick and it works very well, albeit with a use case that's narrower than Cleopatra's Needle.
Wifi Talkie does a rather splendid job of looking like the device it's pretending to be, a traditional RF walkie talkie. Right down to the screen display (with working battery and Wi-fi signal bars), plus the monochrome LCD:
In practice, as I say, the use case is somewhat small:
- you need to contact another family member or friend who's within 25 metres or so but not within earshot or sight
- both of you have compatible S60 5th Edition or Symbian^3-class smartphones
- both of you have the Wifi Talkie application running
In practice, most people, losing someone at an event, would just call them or text them. Perhaps the main use case is at home, to pass messages to a family member without having to get up or bother with VoIP or cellular calls.
I don't mean to be too negative - Wifi Talkie is wonderfully programmed and implemented and I'm keeping it for sheer geek play-value, if nothing else!
Published by Steve Litchfield at 6:44 UTC, July 31st