As promised at CES, Novatel are moving forward with their plans for the Mifi 3G personal mobile internet hotspot (that has been a life-saver for me at MWC) to include applications and software features. We spoke to the team at the Mifi booth at MWC a few days ago and got a nice demo of a GPS-enabled application. GPS is enabled in the next firmware but I’m getting the impression that itâ€™s going to be a new model of the Mifi with slightly newer features which â€˜mightâ€™ include, USB charging without becoming a device, better battery life and of course, the GPS. Iâ€™m hoping that the firmware comes to existing Mifiâ€™s (or at least the ones with the application processor in them) to enable the GPS thatâ€™s already included in the unit.
In the video below, Gareth Davis talks about some of the things possible and demonstrates a nice GPS-enabled application served through the Mifi webserver itself.
We have also heard that the EyeFi (Wifi-enabled SD card) application is progressing and weâ€™ll be sure to keep a close eye on it.Â Clearly a web-based navigation service would be possible and thereâ€™s a ton of things that can be done with social networking. Can anyone think of other interesting apps that could be created on this platform?(Apart from the obvious ‘free wifi’ password-inspection app that would be sure to pick up some interesting information if you left it for a few hours in a press conference!)