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DARPA's Surface Navigation Concept - without GPS

April 19, 2007 Imagine the United States attempting to fight a war if the Global Positioning System (GPS) were suddenly unavailable. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has obviously thought about it has just awarded a concept development contract to a team of corporations led by Boeing. The objective of the Robust Surface Navigation (RSN) program is to develop technologies that can exploit various "signals of opportunity" -- electronic waves emanating from satellites, cell phone towers and even television transmission towers -- to provide precise location and navigation information to ground troops when GPS signals are being electronically jammed or blocked by natural or man-made obstacles, such as foliage or buildings. The team includes ROSUM, the only company that has used broadcast television signals to locate mobile assets. It's also the first company to combine television and GPS signals for truly robust situational awareness in all environments.  Read More

Razer ProType Programmable Multimedia Keyboard with iPod dock

April 11, 2007 For those people who just never get over their love for their iPod, here’s a keyboard dock combo that will keep your personal icon on centre stage. The ivory white US$130 Razer ProType keyboard is the first keyboard with an integrated iPod dock, enabling easy synchronization and charging of the iPod without the hassle of additional wiring.  Read More

Flip it good: Samsung’s dual screen UpStage music phone

April 10, 2007 You can literally flip between music and calls with the new UpStage phone by Samsung. The US$149 phone features two screens – one for calling, and one dedicated entirely to music. Users can navigate between the two by pushing the “flip” button on the phone’s spine. A video demonstration of the phone’s capabilities can be viewed on youtube.  Read More

Turn any building into a billboard – ambient anarchy approaches

April 5, 2007 From time to time, we see a technology with a lot of potential and we think about the possibilities and we get scared. This is such a technology, and when advertising authority Dr Max Sutherland alerted us to it, his comments reflected the potential and the possible consequences: “Uh, oh. Marketers. Advertisers. Do not use this. Repeat. Do not use this. This being a technology that allows you to use lasers to put temporary graffiti on buildings from hundreds of feet away using laser projection. If you do use it, you know what's going to happen. The entire world is going to look like Times Square because every building will be turned into a "temporary" billboard. Come on. Admit it. You know you can't resist this.” Oh dear, what will become of us all? Will ambient anarchy prevail? Video here. Learn more here.  Read More

inMotion iMV712

March 23, 2007 Altec Lansing created the first portable iPod speaker and the company is continuing in this tradition of innovation with several new products. The most interesting is the inMotion iMV712 which docks your iPod to offer a room filling sound and upsized viewing screen. There’s also the M812 high-end wireless home audio system which enables you to unwire the whole house delivering sound through walls, floors and ceilings up to 100 feet away. Finally, there’s the gorgeous iM600 engineered for quality audio performance with a full complement of features such as built-in FM receiver, remote control, sound field expansion and an on-board rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that offers over seven hours of battery life.  Read More

Freeloader travel solar charger

March 23, 2007 The Freeloader travel solar charger provides enough free solar energy to power an iPod for 18 hours or a mobile phone for over 40 hours. Equipped with a series of adaptors and connectors, the Freeloader offers the flexibility to solar charge anything from a digital camera to a Sony PSP. Featuring a stylish metallic silver design, this lightweight, space-saving piece of kit can fit on to a bag, rucksack or attach neatly to a jacket or jean pocket. The free energy produced by the Freeloader makes it the most cost efficient way to power up those energy guzzling gadgets on the move.  Read More

N2

March 23, 2007 With Apple’s momentous announcement of the iPhone, touchscreen mobile phones are the flavour of the month it seems, and Swedish developer Neonode has been doing it longer than anyone. Neonode introduced its first buttonless and fully touchscreen controlled mobile phone three years ago and now a new mobile N2 has been unveiled and it looks very interesting indeed as it has benefited from all the knowledge gained with the N1. The N2 is as much media player as telephone, and everything is stored on a MiniSD card - just connect it to a PC and drag and drop your music and video files. With an on-screen keyboard, the device is easy to use with one hand; you just sweep over and tap the screen to access the different features. When you want to call or send an SMS you enter the numbers and letters directly on-screen.  Read More

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) for Law Enforcement

March 22, 2007 As new technologies become available to law enforcement agencies around the world, the climate for offenders look set to become particularly uncomfortable, and Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) will become one of the first technologies they are likely to encounter as it increases law enforcement efficiency manyfold. Pips Technology has a new police-car-mounted camera that can automatically recognise over 3000 number plates an hour, while police simply cruise through the district. The plates are automatically compared to all wanted vehicle databases, sounding an alarm within a few seconds so police can apprehend the vehicle. At the same time, every plate recognition is logged in a central computer so that if a vehicle is involved in an offence, all prior sightings of the vehicle with time and GPS coordinates can be retrieved. The technology also recognises number plates in all weather and in complete darkness. See the video here and be frightened.  Read More

Full financial management from your phone

March 22, 2007 CellTrust is offering a free download beta version of its WALLET automated, secure software and subscription service for cell phones. CellTrust WALLET on your cell phone will let you manage personal account information, including real-time flight and travel information, finances/banking, as well as retail accounts and to securely purchase goods and services anywhere, anytime.  Read More

TDK pocket-sized Tremor Xa-10 flat panel stereo speakers

March 19, 2007 There’s a growing percentage of people out there, like many who work for Gizmag, who frequently find themselves working somewhere else, with a desk and chair combination created by an interior designer who skipped his ergonomics classes and yearning dearly for the comforts of your own comfortable desktop. Well here’s something that you can take with you to provide the comfort of high quality sound without taking too much space in the luggage – US$25 TDK pocket-sized Tremor Xa-10 flat panel stereo speakers that are small enough to fit in your pocket and connect directly to portable CD, DVD and MP3 players, laptops and gaming consoles enabling music to be shared in transit, while at the beach or enjoying the great outdoors thanks to their lightweight compact size and ultimate portability. Not to mention being space efficient while travelling! Magnets hold the flat panel speakers together so the surface panels are protected while in transit.  Read More

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