|Vitality Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts startup, will announce today a pill bottle cap that when opened uses a close range wireless signal to tell a base station in the home of its status. The base station looks like a night light has a cell phone inside that sends messages through AT&T's wireless network.|
The reason for this contraption is to remind people to take their pills. According to a study published last August by the New England Healthcare Institute, death rates are twice as high for people with diabetes and heart disease who don't take their pills properly.
If a pill bottle cap isn't opened at the appropriate time, the cap and night light will start to blink to remind the patient to take their medication. If that isn't enough to alert the patient, a jingle will be played as well. If the bottle is still not opened, the night light will send a message to Vitality's system which then places an automate phone call or send a text message with a reminder. Vitality can also be setup to alert a relative if the patient isn't taking their medicine.
The video below highlights Microsoft’s Project Natal, a revolutionary new way to play video games for the Xbox 360 with no controller. Project Natal is the future of playing video games, which is similar to the existing Nintendo Wii but way more advanced and best of all it requires no controller. You will be able to play games where you can kick, hit, catch or trap things with voice recognition and even scan objects into the game. This may definitely be a Nintendo Wii killer app.
Before Natal is launched, Microsoft announced it would add ways for players to connect with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks via the Xbox this fall. Way to go Microsoft!
Microsoft has not announced any release date or price, however, development kits have been sent to partnering studios. So it seems Project Natal is still a work in process. For more information about Project Natal visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/projectnatal.
Video: Project Natal Xbox 360 (Nintendo Wii Killer App)
|Taiwanese researchers announced today they have developed a phone charger powered by hydrogen. According to scientists at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in north Taiwan's Hsinchu city, the device recharges a cell phone battery in two hours without being plugged into an electrical outlet.|
Tsau Fanghei, a researcher at the institute stated, "Hydrogen is a recyclable material. The device is energy-efficient and will help protect the environment. We will continue to improve the invention. We hope the hydrogen-powered device can replace current cell phone recharge systems in 2012."
This development could boost Taiwan's efforts to becoming a player in green technologies. Taiwan currently imports about 98 percent of its energy and is under pressure to develop new energy sources.
| Nokia today introduced its first ever Long Term Evolution (LTE) capable internet modem, which is based on Nokia’s own LTE modem technology development. The Nokia Internet Modem RD-3 is available to be used in LTE technology development together with various network vendors, measurement equipment manufacturers and operators.|
The Nokia Internet Modem RD-3 supports interoperability with GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA to make the most out of the global GSM and WCDMA reach right from the start. The Nokia Internet Modem RD-3 also supports multiple LTE frequency bands so is able to meet operators’ deployment plans across many different countries and regions.
A new iPhone application uses focused blue light to fight seasonal depression and fatigue by fooling the body's internal clock.
The BluWave iPhone app uses Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to deliver blue light adjustable in specific Nanometers (nm). Blue light therapy has been clinically proven to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression, fatigue and general body clock issues.
While blue spectrum technology is presently used in modern light therapy devices, BluWave is the first device offered on mobile phones. BluWave can also be used to combat jet lag, night worker fatigue and drowsy driving when used as directed.
Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of the world's first 64GB SDXC Memory Card with the world's fastest data transfer rate compliant with the new SD Memory Standard Ver. 3.00, UHS 1043.
Toshiba also extended its industry-leadership in memory card solutions by unveiling 32GB and 16GB SDHC Memory Cards compliant with the world's fastest data transfer rate4. Sample shipments of the new SDXC Memory Cards for OEM manufacturers will start this November, and of the new SDHC Memory Cards in December. Both products will be available at retailers next spring.
The new SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards are the world's first memory cards compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 3.00, UHS104, which brings a new level of ultra-fast read and write speeds to NAND flash based memory cards: a maximum write speed of 35MB per second, and a read speed of 60MB per second.
|MotionTouch, a design and manufacturing company based in the U.K, has designed and manufactured a solar-powered mobile phone charger called the Powcell.|
The Powcell sleeve slides onto the back of a mobile phone handset and its solar panel uses light to charge the unit making it an environment-friendly product. The sleeve continuously keeps the phone charged thus reducing the chance of running out of battery power.
Powcell has an internal battery that is charged continuously by exposure to light, even when the sleeve is removed from the phone. So if your phone battery is exhausted, the Powcell will have power to provide additional talk time.
The initial versions of the Powcell sleeve was designed for the Apple iPhone series and BlackBerry devices.
|Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today unveiled the MiFi 2372 HSPA, the newest version of its Intelligent Mobile Hotspot developed for use virtually anywhere in the world, with multi-mode operation, including HSPA, UMTS, EDGE and GPRS.|
The MiFi line of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots drives a new vision for personal broadband connectivity. The MiFi 2372 HSPA advances this even further by enabling not only access to connected devices, but also mobile access to new services, applications management and personalization:
- Broadened Service Delivery. Like other models in the MiFi line of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, the MiFi 2372 creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, cameras, gaming devices, smartphones and portable multimedia players. With data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps downlink and 5.76 Mbps uplink, the MiFi 2372 enables users to access high-speed Internet from anywhere there is a cellular connection, including moving vehicles where multiple passengers may need Internet access. The MiFi 2372 also comes with Novatel’s proprietary NovaSpeed technology, enhancing performance of video, online gaming, simultaneous uploads and downloads and large file transfers with minimal interruption or buffering.
Broadcom Corporation today announced that LG Electronics (LGE) has integrated its advanced Bluetooth technology into a new line of digital televisions (DTVs) that are now shipping.
Broadcom Bluetooth capabilities featured in these new LGE televisions enable an innovative and personalized user experience by allowing consumers to connect other devices, such as wireless stereo headphones and cell phones, to the TV set. This will allow wireless transfer of photos and music from cell phones to the TV as well as streaming audio from the TV to stereo wireless headphones.
By enabling the cell phone and headset to interplay with the TV via Broadcom Bluetooth technology, LGE takes advantage of the existing ecosystem of Bluetooth devices to bring advanced audio streaming and digital media sharing features to consumers. Broadcom's technology also positions the cell phone for future applications such as functioning as a TV remote control or a QWERTY keyboard input device for TV-based widgets and electronics commerce applications.
|Synaptics Inc., a developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, today introduced its advanced multi-touch ClearPad 3000 Series and ClearPad 1000 Series capacitive touch sensor solutions.|
The new 3000 Series offering combines Synaptics’ best-in-class ClearPad sensing technology with the company’s exclusive design-in services which helps to make it easier for OEMs and ODMs of mass-market mobile handsets and other handheld devices to integrate high-resolution capacitive touchscreens with advanced multi-finger gesture capability into their products, bringing them to market faster and with less risk.
The ClearPad 1000 Series solution combines Synaptics’ patented best-in-class ClearPad sensing technology with the company’s exclusive design-in services to make it easier for OEMs and ODMs of mass-market mobile handsets and other handheld devices to integrate high-resolution capacitive touchscreens with basic gesture capability into their products, bringing them to market faster and with less risk.
|Mobile communications provider TerreStar Networks Inc. (TerreStar), a majority-owned subsidiary of TerreStar Corporation, announced today the successful completion of an end-to-end phone call over TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite. The call was completed between two of TerreStar's quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smartphones with integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities. The call not only demonstrates the power of TerreStar-1 and the TerreStar smartphone, but also showcases the flexibility of TerreStar's all-IP core network.|
In-orbit testing of TerreStar-1 continues and TerreStar and its partner, TerreStar Networks (Canada) Inc., remain on track to provide integrated satellite and terrestrial communications components to help solve the critical communications and business continuity challenges faced by government, emergency responders, enterprises and rural communities anywhere in the United States and Canada.
TerreStar Networks Inc. announced today the successful launch of TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite that will deliver voice, data and video services on an all IP next-generation mobile broadband network anywhere in the United States and Canada. The TerreStar-1 satellite will be an all-IP core network that will operate with the latest in smartphone technology.
TerreStar's network will operate in two 10-Mhz blocks of contiguous MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz band throughout the United States and Canada - with a spectrum footprint that covers a population of nearly 330 million.
Prior to the launch of TerreStar-1, the Company, with its partner EB (Elektrobit), introduced the world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smartphone with integrated all-IP satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities. Similar in size to today's mainstream mobile devices, TerreStar's dual-mode smartphone will allow users to seamlessly and securely stay connected to TerreStar's satellite and terrestrial network.
|Citi today announced the launch of "Citi Tap and Pay" (CTP) in Bengaluru, India; a next-generation contactless credit card payments based on Near Field Communications technology. CTP pilot service will be one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive pilots ever undertaken and is part of Citi’s ongoing efforts to harness new innovative technologies to provide enhanced convenience, accessibility and mobility forcustomers. Citi has established a fully secure, scalable and interoperable mobile payments ecosystem in Bengaluru in collaboration with Nokia, Vodafone, MasterCard and ViVOtech.|
With the launch of CTP in India, customers in Bengaluru will experience the simplicity, ease and convenience of using their mobile phone as a credit card. The technology will allow customers to tap their mobile phone on a contactless reader at the point of sale to pay for purchases, eliminating the need for the traditional swiping of credit cards. The service also does away with the need for customers to send SMS or incur mobile data charges to make these payments.
|Boingo Wireless, the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company patent No. 7,483,984, covering the method and apparatus for accessing networks by a mobile device. The patent advances the company’s client technology for detection, association and logging into wireless networks, on any device.|
The methods covered by the patent include accessing wireless carrier networks by mobile computing devices, where a client software application hosted by the device accesses carrier networks using wireless access points. For example, when a computer – or netbook, smartphone or any other Wi-Fi-enabled device – is in a location where there are multiple signals, the patented technology looks at each signal and alerts the user which signal will work, showing the signal as an understandable name and ID for the user.
The patent covers all wireless technologies and spectrums, as well as any mobile device that access wireless hotspots.
| T-Mobile is on track to announce their second Google's Android powered smartphone. The new smartphone phone will be names myTouch 3G. Like the G1, the new handset will be manufacture red by HTC and is expected to go on sale this summer. Google executives are forecasting about 18 Android powered smartphones to hit the market this year. For more information visit Wall Street Journal.|| |
| NVIDIA Corporation and industry partners unveiled 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, the world’s smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip. These new Tegra-based devices, which include netbooks and tablets, deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash videand animation acceleration, and up t1080p videplayback. NVIDIA Tegra processors feature always-on operation for instant access tthe Internet, which compares tthat of cell phone-class power management, and up t5x the battery life of current netbooks—making days of HD mobile Internet experiences a reality.|
With more than 20 Tegra-based projects currently in the works today, those attending Computex can see the following devices:
| The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today introduced its target mark, a stylized letter “N” that enables consumers to easily locate embedded NFC tags.|
The N-Mark indicates the spot where an NFC device can read an NFC tag to establish a connection. By holding an NFC-enabled device close to the N-Mark, consumers can "pick up" information stored on NFC tags embedded in everyday objects such as posters, bus stop signs, parking permits, street signs, medicines, magazine pages and food packaging.
The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University and Universal Display Corporation today introduced the first a-Si:H active matrix flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display to be manufactured directly on DuPont Teijin’s polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrate.
Implementing Universal Display Corporation’s phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode (PHOLED) technology and materials and the FDC’s proprietary bond-debond manufacturing technology, the 4.1-inch monochrome quarter video graphics array (QVGA) display represents a significant milestone toward achieving a manufacturable solution for flexible OLEDs.
Flexible OLEDs are designed to target a number of military and commercial applications that require more rugged displays. With Universal Display’s PHOLED technology and materials, the new display achieves the same brightness as traditional displays with extremely low power consumption.
Ericsson and TeliaSonera have unveiled the world's first commercial Long- Term Evolution (LTE) site in Stockholm, Sweden - an important milestone in making the mobile digital highway a reality. LTE will transform the mobile-broadband user experience, providing the ultra-high data speeds needed for services such as internet TV, mobile video blogging, on-line video games and the mobile office environment.
The site will be part of a commercial network scheduled to go live in 2010, bringing data rates far above what is possible in today's mobile broadband networks and allowing Stockholmers to stay connected and enjoy seamless, high-quality, online services even while on the move.