Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
During his introduction, Metz noted that although the set, which only has three walls, is meant to imitate a dorm room, the results of a real fire would be different
because four walls retain the heat and causes the fire to spread even faster.|
|Flames consume the entire room in under one minute as smoke begins to spread out behind the set.|
|After waiting two minutes, firefighters step in and spray the set with a hose.|
|Smoke still lingers among the charred remains several minutes after the fire has been put out.|
by Jared Jeffries
Mizzou's annual Fire Factor showed the small audience gathered in Speaker's Circle just how dangerous a dorm room fire can be Wednesday afternoon. After a short introduction, Columbia firefighters lit a small fire inside a dorm room replica, which soon turned into minature inferno.
The heat from the fire could be felt by the crowd even though the blaze was relatively small- which was a perfect example for how hot even small room fires can burn.
As Columbia firefighters doused the mock dorm fire, smoke was sent billowing onto a large portion of the audience, which reacted by very quickly vacating the nearby area.
Columbia Fire Department firefighters put out the fire in about a minute and gave the crowd a play-by-play on how quickly the fire spread and consumed the mock dorm.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
There is a lot going on with trying to harmonize all global networks into one. Companies all over are improving data transfer and accessibility.
Although I was not able to actually attend the MWC in Barcelona, Spain, I still feel like I learned a fair amount about new, innovative technology that was introduced through adequate research on various topics.
I think that within the next five years mobile carriers worldwide will begin to merge into one mobile network. While this has been talked about in previous years and was introduced again this year, I think more coverage was done this time around. I think it can make the difference and in the long run will be more cost effective and efficient.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
For more information on this award and the ARO, go to the official press release and this video about ARO.
A screenshot from the ARO video promises that when developers use ARO to look at things like WiFi and the wireless network processor, these developers can make improvements thereby "great customer experience."
Since the Bluetooth Low Energy is a battery saver, it allows the homing sticker to be quite small and light. This way it sticks quite easily to car keys, a wallet, IPod, and other personal items. Stick-N-Find Technologies says the battery life for these is about two years.
Pending on the amount of appliances transmitting Wi-Fi signals, the signal of the homing sticker can be picked up as far as 300 feet away but a smaller range is to be expected. The only downsides are the price, two of these homing stickers are priced at $50, and the accessibility; few devices can pick up the homing stickers' signal.
The way this works: you stick the homing sticker on a possession easily lost (lets use car keys,) then you register that homing sticker with your bluetooth device (you can only use the two latest IPhones, the latest IPad or IPod, or the latest smart phone from Samsung.) Once you do this, you can track the homing sticker via your smart device.
Your phone won't be able to tell you exactly where the homing sticker is, but it can tell you how close you are. The downside is that this becomes a guessing game. You realize you're 15 feet away from you car keys' homing sticker, so you walk to the left and you're 17 feet away. Now you move back to the right.
One helpful feature is the "leash" feature. If you "leash" your bluetooth device with the homing sticker, the sticker will start to beep or the device will show alerts when these two items are too far apart. Hence breaking that leash. Basically, you will realize when you leave one of the devices behind.
So you can't type into your computer "car keys" and have them shine blue like Lester and Perry's invention in Makers, but this invention from Stick-N-Find Technologies is a helpful substitute.
It is not the end
Mobile World Congress 2013 just ended.However ,the mobile technologies will never end. They are developing everyday, even every second.
During MWC, we see so many technologies which will influence our life in the future.We saw new phablets, such as Samsung Galaxy Noter 8.0. These phablets will definitely become popular.
As a Chinese, I also paid attention to China technology in the MWC.I am glad to see that China technologies are also emerging.Chinese mobile company designed chips for phablets.
It is a progress. I hope "made in China" will become "design in China."Our China really need more innovation in mobile industry. We'd better creative our own mobile phones instead of making gadgets for Apple.
"Alwinner, a Chinese-based chip manufacturer, got in on the phablet action by releasing a quad-core processing chip specifically designed for phablets. While other competitors of Allwinner, like Huawei and ZTE, have already made quad-core processing chips; Allwinner has the most influence on the United States and could revolutionize the processing chips used for phones and phablets in the United States. "
I am sure these technologies will become true in the future and makes life better. It will also change the way journalists work.
For one, the use of 3D printers, which I always thought would be just a myth, has actually surfaced and become a reality. This new technology will shape the future of phone accessories because companies will be focusing on how they can get customers to come to them to create this product, instead of competitors. This technology will drive people to come to stores to create this customizable case, instead of ordering a pre-made one off of the Internet.
The smartwatches are also an area that I believe will be incredibly impacting. Just think about it- you may never have to hold a phone up to your ear again. Instead, you can just touch your watch to answer a call. If that isn't incredible technology, I don't know what is. Since Apple appears to be jumping on this bandwagon, I have a feeling that this technology will blossom faster than the 3D printing will.
Overall, I am somewhat surprised at the technology presented at MWC. I knew that there would be innovations, but I didn't know that 3D printing, smartwatches, coaster size chargers, etc. would all be announced in just the few short days that MWC lasted. It is incredible how quickly innovation can happen. While accessories may seem minor compared to some of the other technology presented at the conference, don't be surprised if in the near future, everyone is wearing smartwatches instead of carrying around phones!
The most important development, technologically speaking, is likely the rise of small-cell companies, providing similar services to carrier-operated LTE stations, but at far less cost than building full stations, and which are independently owned (for now, anyway).
But, it's not just the physical technology or the development of software that's going to be important in the years to come. What really matters is the slow, but steady definition of roles in the mobile infrastructure market. The development of cloud computing and the rise of the so-called, "over-the-top," apps are sucking up more data than can be comfortably supplied by carriers.
Now, the problem lies in who is going to build the infrastructure to provide the growing demand for data? That hasn't been decided, and the funding and building likely won't come from one source. To resolve these issues, the industry needs to work together. Right now, that's not quite happening, but app developers, mobile carriers and small-cell companies are starting to work together. And most importantly, they're starting to cater to the consumers that fuel their businesses.
Because that's what's most important: making sure that the consumer is able to access, at an affordable price, the new technologies that are becoming available. Sure, it's exciting to see greater speeds or more coverage areas. But, if the people who this infrastructure is built for aren't able to use it, then what use was its construction? Ultimately, it would be useless. So, in order for any of this to matter, these improvements need to be felt as far away as mid-Missouri.
And that's mobile infrastructure in a nutshell. Looking forward, there's a lot to be excited about. Thanks for sticking with us for the coverage!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
In the midst of the latest tablet and thing-a-ma-bob, it's very easy to get caught up in the rat-race of the industry, forgetting the impact these new items could have.
One of the greatest impacts new technology can have is on the developing world. The Mobile World Congress highlighted software this year that could spread healthcare via mobile devices throughout the world.
The Congress also brought forth a call to cation, how can technology change the way issues in developing countries are handled?
Though not a lot presented over the week was focused directly at developing countries, so much of the new technology could have second-hand repercussions in these countries.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I actually was not terribly surprised to see waterproof tablets etc. because I believe that issue was just one waiting to be conquered.
Improving on what we already have is the driving force behind innovation. It is just a matter of time before the general public can experience it. But at the rate this is going, it seems the world won't have to wait long.
The changes made should satisfy consumers until something else needs addressing. Emerging technologies makes everything faster, smaller and/or more convenient. It's all a cycle, really. I just hope we can keep up.
I'm sure developments won't stop here, but in respect to this year's Mobile World Congress, that's all folks!
The market for hands free devices seems to be dwindling with everyone's focus on smartphones and tablets and what not. The main drive I saw for hands free devices was to connect to smartphones and give a different interface, such as with the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses. The new technology seems to be all about the smartphones with hands free devices developing to match that technology or give users some kind of alternative.
The devices that I found with Bluetooth don't seem to be groundbreaking or revolutionary in the technology industry, but it was interesting to see how many different ways people can use Bluetooth technology to connect to things. I thought the Bluetooth inhaler was crazy but very interesting the way it both measures the usage and can combine with other inhalers to compile data to see where they are used most and pick out places that people with asthma may have difficulty breathing. I never would've thought in a million years to put a GPS in an inhaler, but now that it's out there, it works. I guess that's a statement on the world of technology today. You don't know what you're missing in a product until you connect it to the internet.
I was surprised by how much Visa and MasterCard revealed about their plans. I was anticipating vagueness, with the understanding that the MasterPass, for example, was still in the works. Instead, we learned everything about it. Similarly, we learned all the details about Visa and Foursquare's new collaboration. I think of all the innovations in mobile commerce we saw this week, that one is the most interesting. Foursquare/Visa has the potential for greatness, or the potential to flop. It's in the hands of the marketing executives now...always a dicey proposition.
It's been a pleasure covering this year's MWC, especially from a distance. The distance gave me a unique perspective that I appreciated, and hopefully, so too did you, the reader.
UICC cards, Universal Integrated Circuit Cards, have standardized slot cards that allow a subscriber to easily transfer over an entire wireless account from one phone to another. One's address book and text messages will also carry over.
|(Photo Credit: Salim Fadhley)|
PIN codes are used to protect the content of the card: one PIN for normal usage and another for specific functions.
Telefonica selected the UICC card due to these key components:
- Authentification for IP networks
- Authentification for different Radio Access Network
- Stores critical information like location information or EPS security
- Standardized ICE (In Case of Emergency) user information
- blood types
- Improved toolkit functionality
Here is the general idea of the S Pen app from the Mobile World Congress site:
|Facilitating creativity in your app; S Pen SDKS Pen SDK provides the necessary functionality to take awesome advantage of the S Pen. By using the S Pen SDK, you can easily add S Pen functionality to contents in various categories ranging from drawings and memos, to business, education, and B2B applications. By using the rich features of the S Pen, which goes beyond just an input device and captures the touch of professionals, you can make your apps more useful and attractive. And UX scenarios in this session can help your contents become more valuable than ever.|
The first function the app offers is a simple radar screen that approximates the distance - but not yet the location - of all the paired Stick-N-Find stickers in range. The technology does not yet allow the app to determine which direction the lost items are in, so users have to start walking while watching the screen to see whether the device they are hunting for gets closer.
That article is from December but I first found the app on the best of MWC highlights. I hope new technologies serving as tracking devices start coming around more!
One product being advertised was an asthma inhaler with Bluetooth built in to record the number of times it is used and when it is used. It also has a GPS which records where the inhaler is used and adds it to a map database showing where other inhalers are used. This can help users see where inhalers are used the most, which may indicate a problem spot for breathing and help them avoid that area. It seems that everything in this day and age has a Wifi connection or something like that, so now inhalers are no different. It's a smart idea, but whoever thought that inhalers need a GPS on them was doing some serious forward thinking.
Another product highlighted in the video was a housing case for a battery connected to a cell phone app via Bluetooth that allows the phone user to control if the battery gives out power. This can be useful for any number of battery powered products, and can also be a big saver on energy and money if you utilize the product to make your batteries last longer.
The final product showcased in the video was a bit more lighthearted. It was an app connected to a light bulb that allows the user to change the color of the light bulb. It doesn't serve much of a function besides being a cool toy to play with, but it was still an interesting use of Bluetooth to connect various objects together.
As the video shows, Bluetooth is finding more unorthodox ways to put their technology into different products. Connecting phones to batteries, light bulbs, and inhalers are things that don't seem to be necessary, but Bluetooth technology gives new, cool ways to use these products and give them some added variety and functionality.http://www.macworld.com/video/24751/bluetooth-at-mobile-focus-mwc-2013.html
One in particular is the SwiftKey and, as its name sounds, one can swiftly type with ease. This app is developed for Android phones and what it does is that it plugs into the different social networking sites the user may belong to, for example Facebook or Twitter, and literally learns from how you talk in those forums. When it learns and knows about you, it can predict accurately what you are going to say next. The longer you use it, the more accurate it becomes. Prediction technology is the new "it" thing in the world of typing apps. Phones want the competitive advantage have having the cutting edge on what makes it easier for the consumer, because that is all that matters. Others, like iKnowYou, also by Android, are using this technology to produce the best product that literally gets to know you, the consumer.
This app does bring to mind privacy issues that I can see, but really the people who would be buying it would know what they are getting into. I can already hear some paranoid person out there, droning on about how the computer is getting too smart and is now trying to understand us, until the ultimate "self awareness" and the machines take over (if only they knew about the even more advanced stuff that we don't know about yet). But nonetheless, there will be some sensible people out there who will absolutely embrace this technology for the innovativeness.
For more information, go here.
Also, for the video to see a demonstration of the SwiftKey, go here.
For More information on what he said about things like other phones Nokia is working on and a cool "standby time" feature go here.
CEO Stephen Elop leads the presentation for Nokia at the Mobile World Congress.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
As this year's Mobile World Congress wraps up, it's important to consider the ever changing roles that providers, phone manufacturers, app companies -- and yes, even consumers -- will find themselves in. This holds true for long term developments, but for most of us, more importantly, it's the short term developments that are important to consider.
CAT announced the new CAT B15 Android Smartphone that could possibly be the most durable smartphone yet.
CAT (Caterpillar) is construction design and manufacturing company that drives around the yellow construction vehicles. Designing a smartphone is a first for the company.
This smartphone is clearly not geared toward the average Joe. It's for workers in extreme environments who need the military grade protection. The phone is decently priced at $392 (300 euros). CAT B15 will debut in Germany in March, then make its way to the United States by the end of April. For more information, see the below sites:
One big reveal at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain was the Android-powered Asus Fonepad - both a phone and tablet.
The Fonepad will give consumers 3G capability to surf the web, as well as make calls on demand. I would think this would come in handy for most users.
Personally, I have an iPhone and a WiFi only iPad -- as well as a Macbook Pro and iPod Classic-- but that's beside the point. I definitely see the value in having essentially an all-in-one device. It's one less thing to carry around and one less thing to charge.
But in the event that my phone dies, I still communicate with my mom on my Ipad via iMessage or FaceTime. I can do this as long as I'm connected to WiFi or a personal hotspot - it really makes me want to upgrade to 3G capabilities, but that's another bill.
Perhaps that just might be the reason for some to switch to using this Fonepad or any other "phablet" for that matter. A user won't have to worry about a bill being tacked on to an already-existing one.
The Fonepad is about 7 inches - just a few inches smaller than the iPad 2, and is reported to rest comfortably in consumers' hands.
I guess what this boils down to is would a customer rather have a slightly larger, but just as capable, Fonepad or would they prefer separate devices? It's up to you to decide. If you're in the United States, the timetable for this device reaching you has not yet been revealed, so you still have time.