Too much gadget and not enough battery. It’s a problem any early adopter of a smartphone has faced (and, to some degree, is still facing) and can be a particular hassle when you’re traveling. Lots of gadgets means lots of charging cords or spare batteries. So imagine what it’s like for the average soldier who is routinely on the go and increasingly weighed down with gadgetry and power sources.
Last year we told you how hackers could someday infiltrate your car’s control systems and install malware to take things over, as long as they had some computer skills and a laptop. Now car-hacking researchers have done it remotely, using innocent tech like Bluetooth devices and even a CD.
Last year, we wrote about a particularly bright scheme for using a room’s lighting to also transmit data, creating a wireless Internet connection that relies on visual light rather than radio spectrum. It seems the city of St. Cloud, Minn., thinks there’s something to the notion too.
A bright idea coming out of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute could change the way we connect to the Internet in the future, as well as drive the nascent market for interior LED lighting. Researchers there have found a way to encode a visible-frequency wireless signal in the light coming from lamps and fixtures, turning the light that surrounds us into a high-speed broadband source.
The future of touchscreen interfaces is: you? A project between a Carnegie Mellon researcher and a couple of creative thinkers over at Microsoft Research have created Skinput, a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows you to use your own skin as a peripheral input device for devices like cell phones, MP3 players or gaming consoles.
Wireless TV just got a whole new meaning. Sony has just announced a new short-range, intra-gadget technology that clocks a 11Gbps transfer speed. The tech, known as millimeter-wave, allows electronics innards to communicate wirelessly with one another, which could allow for slimmer designs and fewer wires--that means fewer connections to sever, and potentially more reliable gadgets.
A British government agency explores the potential impact of key technological trends in the next twenty years
By Gregory Mone
Posted 05.13.2008 at 9:54 am 1 Comment
The British telecom regulator, Ofcom, released its most recent technology research report last week—a research project that tries to project where various trends will take us in the next ten or twenty years.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.