Archive for March 5, 2008

HP (Hewlett-Packard) has showcased future technology of mobile communications at the HP Mobile Innovations Tour in India.The concept design presented and showcased are a vision for the year 2012 which will provide a “always connected” experience to the users.

“True creativity lies in making the complicated simple” said Phil Devlin from HP ,while showcasing the future technologies at the Mobile Innovations event.
upcoming technology
The show unveiled a smart looking digital wallet (above) which will keep track of all your transactions and is like a tablet device which is ultra thin and provides pen device for input other than touch screen.(Click on Read more to expand)

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Another cool design was of a flexible,portable display which will act as a personal reader may be a ebook reader type and is “always on” while connecting to the wireless hub/watch.

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Another conceptual design revealed cool gadgets like Personal wireless Gateway with wearable form factor which looks like a watch and is capable of wireless connectivity to act as a wireless hub.

“The current mobile environment is getting increasingly complex as laptops, mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras all continue to add more features, options and wireless technologies. HP’s perspective of the future mobility concepts follows the philosophy that out of integrated complexity will come disintegrated simplicity”, said Phil Devlin, Manager, Product Marketing, Mobile Business Unit, Personal Systems Group,HP.
According to HP the upcoming Ultra Wireless bluetooth technology which is still in development stage is expected to be 5000 times faster than the present bluetooth technology. He said that the Future bluetooth technology will land up in 2008 and will drive the future technology segments.


In this article, we would be indulging in ascertaining some valuable information about robots, their functionality, past, present and future. There are many things in our minds as to what robots are . In this article we aim at providing a complete, clear and precise answer to that curiosity.

Let us start with robots and then move to robotics. Robots have always created a sense of curiosity and mystery in the minds of humans and this is the primary reason why they have managed to evoke a huge interest even after such a long time and is expected to sustain it in the near future.

The name given to the study of robots is robotics.
Robotics is a complete and comprehensive study about the science and technology involved with robots. It involves designing and manufacturing process of robots and applications to come up with the predefined results. Anyone interested in robotics is required to possess an expert insight into mechanics, software and electronics. Now that we have studied something about robots and robotics, let us now move to the capabilities of a modern day robot.

A modern day robot is capable of being an active participant at military landmine detectors, lawn mowing exercises and home cleaning apart from imparting valuable medical and scientific services. All the functions are controlled by a series of complex operations and these robots are able to deliver high-end performance on a consistent basis without any fail.

Now that we have a base understanding of robots and the type of services offered by them, let us have a look at the past and present followed by their expected role in the near future.

Robots in Past

In the past, Robots were considered to be a costly affair but with continuing advancements in the field of science and technology, the costs involved is minimizing.

Robots in daily life

Robots are everywhere, from medical institutions to surgeries and from packaging of cookies to manufacturing of cars. They are also used in manufacture of mobile phones and pagers as well as in space explorations. Nowadays, all the critical and complex work is done with the help of robots, whether partly or in whole.

Future of robotics

As per the Robotic Industries Association, a whopping 90 percent of organisations with robotic manufacturing applications are yet to come out with the first robot installation. It is believed that material handling, space exploration, medical sector and assembly sector are the likely beneficiaries of robotics in the coming future which sure is quite bright.

Robotics can help to guide the blind people, facilitate easy driving, assist the elderly people. They can be used in cloning and in many other useful tasks which can benefit the mankind. They can perhaps be used to travel in the human body to detect and find solutions to the deadly diseases. They can also help in the creation of “intelligent” vehicles and can also be used to reveal truths of the solar system.

With both the government and non-government organizations showing an avid interest in the development of robotics, the future of robotics is bright and one fine day, all the questions behind robots and robotics will get an answer.

Not quite, but here is a cool technique used to simulate invisibility called optical camouflage. This method developed at the University of Tokyo, projects the background image onto a masked object, akin to a movie showing on a screen.

From University of Tokyo – click to view video

How Invisibility Cloaks Work – An excellent explanation of optical camouflage by William Harris at How Stuff Works.

Adaptive Fabrics

New inter-connection technologies using conductive fabrics allow sensors and processing devices to be networked together. This technology can produce fabrics that change color. The military is also interested in this chameleon-like technology to improve camouflage techniques.

Visit these web sites for more info:
Electric Plaid
Color changing fabric

Interconnection technology

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota studying bacteria capable of generating electricity have discovered that riboflavin (commonly known as vitamin B-2) is responsible for much of the energy produced by these organisms.

ShewanellaThe bacteria, Shewanella, are commonly found in water and soil and are of interest because they can convert simple organic compounds (such as lactic acid) into electricity, according to Daniel Bond and Jeffrey Gralnick, of the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute and department of microbiology, who led the research effort.

The discovery means Shewanella can produce more power simply by increased riboflavin levels. Also, the finding opens up multiple possibilities for innovations in renewable energy and environmental clean-up. The research is published in the March 3 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) published the Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) air interface specification, which is often referred to as a 4G technology, in September.

The publication of this specification marks the world’s first IP-based mobile broadband standard to enable peak download data rates of 288 Mbps in a 20 MHz bandwidth, while preserving large economies of scope and scale. The spec claims that UMB is the first IP-based mobile broadband standard to enable peak download data rates of 288 Mbps in a 20 MHz bandwidth, while preserving large economies of scope and scale. UMB is the latest family member of CDMA2000 technologies and allows the transfer of native IP at speeds that are orders of magnitudes higher than technologies commercially available today, according to the standards groups. UMB is an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) standard. UMB is expected to seamlessly integrate with CDMA2000 and EV-DO.

Here are a few of the specs:
* High-Speed Data: Peak download and upload speeds of 288 Mbps and 75 Mbps, respectively.
* Increased Data Capacity: Ability to deliver both high-capacity voice and broadband data events in mobile environments at excess of 300 km/hr.
* Low Latency: An average latency of 14.3 msec over-the-air with minimal jitter.
* Increased VoIP Capacity: Up to 1000 simultaneous VoIP users within a single sector.

ScanDisk 32GB Ultra II SDHCGiving photo enthusiasts the freedom to take more pictures and shoot more video, SanDisk Corporation today increased both capacities and speeds in its SanDisk Ultra II line with the introduction of 32- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SDHC cards and an 8GB SDHC Plus card.

Ideal for today’s camcorders and point-and-shoot digital cameras that can record both video and still images, the cards offer faster read and write speeds of 15 megabytes per second (15MB/sec), up from previous speeds of 10MB/sec read and 9MB/sec write in the SanDisk Ultra II line.

The 32GB Ultra II SDHC card, which is the industry-leading capacity and will be the highest capacity consumer flash memory card that SanDisk produces, will be able to store more than 8,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 40 hours of video. A SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 ReaderSanDisk UltraII Line – a $20 value – is packaged with the 32GB and 16GB cards, giving users a one-stop solution for capturing, storing and transferring their images.

Beyond speed and capacity, the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus offers both SD and USB functionality in one card. Designed with SanDisk’s unique, patented Hinge Lock technology, the card may be inserted into a USB port on any computer. This two-in-one SD-plus-USB feature eliminates the need to carry cables or card readers to transfer photos and videos from cameras. Despite its small size, the hinge is sturdy – having survived more than 10,000 open-close cycles in SanDisk’s durability testing.

Expected pricing and availability:
The 32GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card with MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $349.99. The 16GB card with reader has a suggested price of $179.99, and the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus card has an MSRP of $99.99. The 16GB and 8GB cards are expected to be available worldwide in March, with the 32GB slated for shipping in April.

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