“MacNN | AT&T plans to link iPhone to U-verse services
AT&T’s position as exclusive carrier for the iPhone will contribute to the new technology. Voice mail messages will be accessible from the user’s TV screen, while DVR recordings will be transferable to the phone”…. <More>
Category Archives: Ultra-Wide-Band
“MacNN | AT&T plans to link iPhone to U-verse services
“Gefen has announced a new wireless HDMI extender that uses UWB technology from Tzero Technologies. The no cable extender delivers wired quality HDMI from Blu-ray and other HDMI sources to the TV or projector.
The extender features built-in interference elimination technology for optimal picture quality. The device can stream full 1080p with 5.1 surround sound up to 10 meters across a room. The extender offers dual HDMI ports, component video, and analog audio. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time”….<More>
The future of tech in just one word: plastics
“In the 2002 movie “Minority Report,” director Steven Spielberg painted the future as a place where no surface was still. Newspapers updated in readers’ hands and advertisements talked to passersby. Even cereal boxes were animated.
Now, these technologies are finally arriving, albeit in a piecemeal fashion. One of the driving forces: breakthroughs in plastics-based electronics”….<More>
“John Santhoff, CTO of Pulse~Link Inc., puts his hand over the upper left corner of the 42-inch Westinghouse flat-panel high-definition TV set, then moves it to the upper right corner. The picture fades slightly, so Santhoff knows that is where the manufacturer has put the Ultra-Wideband antenna in this set. Until he cups his palm directly over this antenna, built into the unit and thus impeding the signal, there was no indication that this TV set is getting its input from a UWB transmitter (fed by a DVD player and set-top box) about 30 feet across the room”…. <More>
“Unlike Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and soon Ultra WideBand and Wireless USB, Sony’s TransferJet technology isn’t proposed as a disruptive transmission force: it uses electric induction to transmit data rather than the radiation field antennas used by 802.11 Wi-Fi kit.
This means that TransferJet won’t interfere with or be degraded by any surrounding radio signals “…. <More Via Tech Radar>
Talk can’t get any cheaper than with Talkster, the only service providing free long distance, international and group conference calls from any phone on any network
Not another phone company, but a new kind of phone company—one that boasts an open platform that enables developers to easily integrate voice into almost any kind of Web application and powerhouse partnerships with salesforce.com and Adobe”…. <WIRELESS INNOVATIONS 2008>2008
“The X300 is a full-feature laptop, shrunken down to (just about) the Air’s diminutive size and a tad heavier at 3.4 pounds.The screen is the same 13.3 inches wide, though less bright than we’d like. Under the hood, a 1.2-GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, and a 64-GB solid-state hard drive power it to respectable benchmarks (faster than a standard MacBook but slower than Dell’s XPS M1330). But the X300 really shines by offering every connectivity option you could need, including three USB ports, VGA output, ethernet and a DVD burner. And if that doesn’t cut it, every conceivable wireless radio is also inside the box, from Bluetooth and 802.11n to Verizon 3-G WWAN (plus GPS) and even WiMax”… <Via Wired>
A short demonstration of PacketVideo’s mobile broadcast receiver. This matchbox-sized device turns any WiFi-enabled device into a mobile TV.
# 2 Skyfire is a free, downloadable Windows Mobile smartphone browser touted as a “better than iPhone” experience. In addition to enabling full audio and video, Flash content, QuickTime, advanced Ajax and Java, Skyfire displays web pages in miniaturized form, a la iPhone, with a SmartFit feature that resizes each article’s text to fit within each individual handset’s display.
# 4 Zeemote’s patented Zeemote JS1 is a handheld, Bluetooth-based controller promising near-console gameplay for mobile devices”…. <More>
“Google believes balloons like these could radically change the economics of offering cellphone and Internet services in out-of-the-way areas, according to people familiar with its thinking. The company is among the registered bidders for a big chunk of radio spectrum at a government auction”…. <Full WSJ Article>
“The system comprises of two units (transmitter and receiver), wiht one plugged into the audio source (anything from an iPod to a computer), with the receiver at the other end (your large stereo for example). Once connected, you can send any audio source from the transmitter to the receiver, which includes digital files and online radio. And if you plug in via USB, they charge as they work too.
Maximum distance is 50m, both audio and USB cables are included and the whole thing retails for £49.95″…. <More>
“News just in from the connected HDTV frontier (yes, it does exist): LG’s new 52LG71 telly combines 52-inch LCD 1080p goodness with blazing fast 802.11n Wi-Fi.Great! But why would you want a Wi-Fi TV? To stream high-definition video, of course, whether it’s from your computer or from online services. And yes, there isn’t much HD video available on the web yet, but expect that to change quickly in the coming months”… <More>
Question: “Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?
What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?
Part of Answer # 1
“What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?
“The big question is – can WiMAX catch up w or replace Cellular adoption and maturity? Intel and Samsung would like to make it the big connect-anywhere feature for new UMPC’s, but I note that for instance Sprint just delayed its planned US rollout – so we have to wait and see.
Korean WiBro is a Govt supported service up and running, and I have heard that Indian operators will now look to WiMAX for gaining cheap RoW into cities and across slums areas instead of trenching-in fiber”…. Via Linked In Answers
“Last week, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea demonstrated a wireless transmission platform fashionably named the NoLA (Nomadic Local Area Wireless Access). With a download speed of up to 3.6 gigabits per second, it is by far faster than 3G technologies mentioned above.
Theoretically, the NoLA network will enable one to download a DVD movie file in just a couple of seconds, which takes around one minute when using the vernacular 100-megabits line, ETRI said. Previously, the fastest data transmission rate available to users on the move was 1 gigabit per second, which was displayed by Samsung Electronics”…. <More>
“Though the PC OS wars were brutal and delivered many clashes over the years, the smartphone OS war may make those battles seem tame. This time, the stakes are even higher, as the market for digital devices is four to five times larger in terms of units. So, which operating-system makers will be the major vendors vying for supremacy in the smartphone market over the next five to eight years? —next: The Contenders > >>> <More>
“Truth is, life is teeming with opportunities to see movies: movie theaters, video stores, DVD-by-mail services, TV movie channels, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, Xbox 360, iTunes, Internet downloads, hotel rooms, airplanes and so on.
But according to the team at Vudu, all of those outlets are flawed.
Video stores: you have to drive back and forth, and the movie you want might be out of stock. Netflix and Blockbuster by mail: you have to wait a day or two for each movie to arrive. Pay-per-view, video-on-demand, Xbox, iTunes and hotel rooms: puny movie selections. Internet downloads: they arrive on your computer, not your TV.
Vudu’s new $400 movie box, to be available at month’s end, has none of those problems. It’s a little black box (about 7 by 9 by 2 inches) that connects to your TV and to the Internet through a high-speed link — and it comes darned close to putting a video store in your house. Its built-in hard drive permits your choice of 5,000 movies to begin playing instantaneously. There’s no computer involved, no waiting and no monthly fee”…. <More>
“DisplayLink is developing new and ways of connecting displays to computers – ways that will transform how people make use of displays. DisplayLink has successfully challenged the limitations of current display connectivity to deliver a highly interactive user experience across a network or USB 2.0 connection. Adding extra displays to the desktop, whether directly or through accessories such as docking stations is now easier than ever. This exciting new technology is available in silicon or PCB designs. It can be directly embedded into displays – or incorporated into a wide range of standalone accessories.
DisplayLink technology can be integrated into several potential applications, wherever a display is required over a standard wired or wireless interface at a low cost, including:
• Wireless monitors and projectors
• Wireless digital picture frames
• USB2.0 monitors and projectors
• USB2.0 to VGA/DVI dongles
• Universal USB 2.0 notebook docks with VGA/DVI
• Ethernet-based thin clients
• External displays through USB 2.0 and Wireless“
iPod Touch – A guided Tour
Via The Economist: “With its immunity from interference from buildings, easy co-existence with other forms of radio transmission and an ability to transmit live video streams at gigabit per second speeds over short distances, UWB has had more than its share of hype. But the technology—at least in its guise as a wireless version of the ubiquitous USB cable used to connect computers and cameras to printers and other peripherals—has been catching on fast, as a rival (and perhaps complement) to Bluetooth.So much so, laptop makers like Lenovo and Dell have been hard pressed to meet demand for their latest models that come with UWB connections built in”….. Full Article