Wearables for warehouses

Symbol Technologies WT4000 series wearable computer. ‘Worn on the hip or wrist, the device brings an IP-54 sealing rating and can survive drops to concrete from as high as 4-feet (1.2-meter). The device itself runs WinCE 5.0 Pro on a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor and packs-in 802.11a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 1.2, and 2.8-inch QVGA display with backlight. Fortunately, it weighs a relatively light 11.2-ounces (320.3-grams) with battery to keep fatigue to a minimum.’

Engadget

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Tiny cameras

VistaQuest Keychain Camera. ‘Big cameras take great pictures but there’s an opportunity cost: one of the obvious secrets to digital photography is to actually have your camera with you. That’ll be easy with this improbably small 2.5-inch-wide VistaQuest keychain camera which takes 3-megapixel stills and 640×480 video.’

Gizmodo

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Podcast analysis

Pluggd to make podcasts chunkier, searchable. ‘When users decide they only want to hear a part of a file concerning a given topic, they enter a search term. Pluggd then searches for instances of that term and related terms being used in the file. Relevance is displayed on the file timeline with a heat map, sections of the file most related to your term appear in red, less related in green and unrelated in blue. Hover over any relevant point on the timeline and you’ll see the terms used there that Pluggd determined were related to your search term.’

Techcrunch

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Banning Skype

More universities banning Skype. ‘In a move that has sparked protest from both students and professors, San Jose State University has become the latest California school to ban Skype from most of its campus. Citing concerns regarding security and consumption of bandwidth, school administrators feel that the service is an unnecessary and potentially illegal waste of resources.’
Ars Technica

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Digital drink ordering

Order me a mojito with your table’s touch screen, please. ‘Students who want to grab a postlecture pint of beer will be treated to six new tables, where pop-up screens let thirsty academics place an order directly from their seats. Using the screens, students can scroll through the list of beverages and choose what they want. Orders are transmitted to the bar using Ethernet over power line, with the drinks brought directly to their tables.’

CNET News.com

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Getting data into Outlook

Dapper puts weather.com (and Matisyahu) on your calendar. ‘This week, though, the folks at Dapper added iCal as one of the formats available for data export. Now in addition to adding data gleaned from any site on the web to your own applications via 11 different formats – you can also sync data from many sites with iCal, Google Calendar, Outlook or anything else that supports the iCal format. That means I’ve got the weather.com forecast for my zip code for the next ten days automatically appearing at the top of my iCal display. Very nice.’

Techcrunch

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Non-retirees

Non-Retiring ‘Retirees’ Fastest-Growing Job Market Sector. ‘Despite fierce competition by Baby Boomers, the number of Americans working into their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s is at a record high, according to news analysis of federal employment data released by New York-based global outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas on Sept. 20. The surge in percentage of employed “retirees” will only continue, according to predictions, as the Baby Boomer generation heads towards retirement age, but doesn’t plan to retire.’
EWeek

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Virtual real world

Weblo. ‘Weblo is a cyber replica of the real world � a game filled with limitless opportunity and unique possibilities for success. In this virtual reality, based off of the real world, players earn real money and amass unspeakable fortunes. Buy the Eiffel Tower, own your own city, become Mayor, Governor or President and get paid to play.


Weblo

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