Radio anywhere

An ‘underground’ radio to save lives. “His prototype radio works at depths of 500 feet and is based on very low frequency electromagnetic radiation and digital signal processors. A commercial version is in the works and could be used not only by workers trapped in a mine, but also by firefighters and other emergency workers to communicate with people in collapsed buildings or subways.”

ZDNet.com

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Smart clothes

The compass coat. “The coat contains magnetic sensors and 24 sections that can light up individually, using Electro Luminescent wires. The section that points north lights up while its surrounding sections glow dimly. As soon as the wearer turns, the light gradually moves onto the new section that points north.”

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Wireless growth

Wireless network use grows. “One in five broadband users in the US and Europe is hooked up to a wireless network in their home, prompting analysts Strategy Analytics to suggest that Wi-Fi is emerging as a “mass market phenomenon”. The report found that seven per cent of all households now have a wireless network. The US is the leading market with 8.4 per cent penetration, followed by the Nordics with 7.9 per cent.”
The Register

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Wireless e-books

Hitachi introduces Albirey eBook in Japan. “The black-and-white e-ink model, supposedly called the “Albirey” and developed with technology from Bridgestone, seems to sport a WiFi connection with “the possibility to modify making use of radio communication,” whatever that means, and comes in a package with standard A4 paper-size dimensions.”

Engadget

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Social networks for groups

CollectiveX to Launch Thursday. “The focus of CollectiveX is on the group, not the individual. Members of the group can interact via file sharing, messaging, calendaring and exchange of leads/contacts. It frankly answers to question that many social networks pose: Ok, we’re here, now what do we do? With CollectiveX, the entire point is to facilitate interactions among existing groups. As a member, you can be a part of as many groups as you like: boards, company teams, charities, whatever.”

TechCrunch

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Bluetooth frame

A Classy Frame for 100 of Your Favorite Camera Phone Pictures. “Camera phones are handy for taking photos, but not so handy for showing them off. Parrot, best known for its car accessories that use Bluetooth wireless technology, has introduced a picture frame that stores and displays photos transmitted from camera phones and other devices via Bluetooth. The Parrot Photo Viewer is a 3.5-inch L.C.D. screen that comes ensconced in your choice of fashionable frames, from leather grain to distressed wood to faux crocodile.”

New York Times

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SMS to clothes

Wearable mobile service to share emotions. “The MoBeeline wearable Bluetooth accessory can receive data from a mobile phone. For example, one mobile phone user can send operative directions to the other’s clothes and share his/her feelings and emotions by sending signals to the other person’s clothes. According to the emotion the user wants to communicate, He or she will be able to modify the colors or patterns of the garment, or send emoticons to LEDs on the garment.”

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