Technology growth in developing countries

‘Digital Divide’ Narrowing Fast, World Bank Says “The digital divide is rapidly closing,” the report said. “People in the developing world are getting more access at an incredible rate — far faster than they got access to new technologies in the past.” Half the world’s population now enjoys access to a fixed-line telephone, the report said, and 77 percent to a mobile network — surpassing a WSIS campaign goal that calls for 50 percent access by 2015.”

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Artificial eyes

Europeans see artificial eyes by 2010. “The device works by relaying signals from an eyeglass-mounted digital camera to the optic nerve. According to reports, 15 teams of researchers are working on related projects throughout Europe, and the European Commission expects a commercial version to be available by 2008 or 2010. Veraart puts the price of the device at around $20,000.”


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Wi-fi on the highway

VOIP At 80 MPH: RoamAD, WiVOD Claim World’s Wold’s First Wi-Fi Highway. “In a live demo users were able to make multi-party VOIP conference calls at over 80 miles per hour across the network.
[…] Initially the network will serve police, fire, ambulance and US Border Patrol operations. Later, according to RoamAD, other “community agencies, schools, business and local residents” will be added as the network expands.”
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Altering a website that you don’t own

greasemonkey. “Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension which lets you to add bits of DHTML (“user scripts”) to any webpage to change it’s behavior. […] For example you could:
Make sure that all URLs displayed in the browser are clickable links. Improve the usability of a site you frequent. Route around common and annoying website bugs.”

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Real life time-shifting

Globe-jungle. “Kids can play during the day on the rotating climbing frame. One camera records their play, while another records their surroundings from inside the globe. These two perspectives of the globe constitute the images archive. After sundown, this footage is projected onto the bars of the globe. By spinning the frame the bars become a surface reflecting the images.”

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