Another interesting article on the move towards wireless power, or what some are calling "WiTricity." I’ve written about this previously. The team at MIT is making some good headway. Check out the article for a diagram of how their wireless power beaming system works.… Read More “WiTricity Coming Soon”
If you or your children use cell phones frequently, consider getting earphones…
Long-term users of mobile phones are significantly
more likely to develop a certain type of brain tumour on the side of
the head where they hold their handsets, according to new research.
… Read More “Frequent Mobile Phone Use Linked to Tumor”
A group of physicists at MIT have come up with a new model for beaming wireless power to mobile devices, such as computers or cell phones. It promises to do for power, what wireless ethernet hubs do for network connectivity.… Read More “New Wireless Power Technology — No More Wires!”
This article just came in (via Kurzweil)
A little-known start-up has demonstrated wireless broadband 1000
times more efficient than WiMax – and claims the technique could also
make wireless LANs that will run for years on watch batteries.
Technology, based in Sarasota, Florida, used a transmitter not unlike a
cordless phone base station, operating in the unlicensed – and crowded
– 900MHz band, to send a 3.7Mbit/s data signal to a radius of 18 miles
across the suburbs of Miami, using 50mW and an omnidirectional antenna.
… Read More “New Low Power Broadband Wireless Networking Technology May Spark Revolutionary Advance”
NASA’s research on subvocalization technology is moving forward. Their system intercepts nerve signals to the vocal cords before the speaker makes a sound and then figures out what words they signify. This technology will enable people to speak silently on the phone or to their computers, without moving their lips or making a sound.… Read More “Silent Speech Technology”
HP researchers have devised a new way to save power on mobile devices by only activating the part of a device’s display that the user is actually looking at.
It’s finally happening in the USA — your cell phone is about to morph into a credit card, and soon will evolve into your digital wallet. Read more.
NFC. An interesting way for devices to share data, if they are within a few centimeters of one another. Sounds kind of like Bluetooth — which I have still not needed for anything. But I like the vision anyway — if all devices did this it could be very useful — I’ve always wanted to be able to “grab” data by swiping my phone near something I am interested in (without needing a bar code scanner).… Read More “Near Field Communication”
Following up on my earlier post about storing messages in DNA it might be interesting to explore ways to encode large volumes of data directly into parts of the human body. Messing with DNA is risky — it may be safer to store data in other parts of the human body (with the one potential disadvantage that such data would not be passed down via heredity).… Read More “Storing Data In the Human Body”
New software can figure out where you are positioned based on analyzing a photo in near real time. Simply send it a photo from your camera-phone and the software will match the image to a database of locations — such as buildings in a city — and give you back your coordinates.… Read More “Photo Recognition an Alternative to GPS?”