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The Future Of Cars: Drivers Not Needed. Please, no!

Posted in ideas, innovation, your take on... by aldorf on January 10, 2011

The future of cars: drivers not needed.

I just stumbled over this headline on CNN. If you take out the human interaction with the machine, how do sell that to the world? In theory it might be an intriguing concept. But to me, that’s not sexy anymore. Feels like a video game that plays for you. Other industries are trying to get you even more involved and connected and the automobile industry takes it out of the equation? I don’t know if they are really onto something.

iPad + Scrybe Technology

Posted in Media by aldorf on January 27, 2010

…just a matter of time. This is what Synaptics calls a “multi-modal interface.” Moving beyond the touchscreen. Here a demo of the Synaptics Scrybe multitouch gesture software interface for computer at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Similar is their Fuse technology — combining touch, force feedback, 3-D graphics, and grip and proximity sensing for mobile phones. Exciting times!

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callingallinnovators.com by Nokia

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 18, 2010

The Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge is awarding the entrant with the best idea for the emerging markets a $1 million investment from Nokia.

They have fielded lots of local teams to research markets around the world and have found that Nokia needs to help make local solutions viable to increase phone usage. The world’s biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones in the emerging markets over the last five years. The 1616, costs around $32, a month’s wage in many countries. Yet it sells in huge number, thanks to customized services that makes it far more useful in emerging markets. In India, Nokia has set up a system, Progress Project, to allow small business (like farms) to send transactional data back and forth via text message. So whole businesses are running on cell phones, with farmers in rural areas able to auction off onions in western India. Nokia Money service brings together payments on a global scale. It isn’t tied to a single bank, carrier, or country. It’s important because 75 percent of the world’s people still haven’t sent an email. The company hopes that developers will create many more apps that can be useful in different regions of the world, from Sesame Street educational phone apps to local business directories. (CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at CES)


iPhone-Controlled Helicopter by Parrot

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 17, 2010

This will probably be one of the more compelling augmented reality gaming applications around this year. A French company Parrot is demoing a remotely-controlled helicopter in Las Vegas during CES that flies depending on how you tilt your iPhone. The drone has four propellers that stabilize it and help it tilt back and forth. There’s are two cameras attached to the drone, so you can see on your iPhone what’s ahead of or below the helicopter. Parrot is releasing a software development kit, so that others can create games off the technology. The most obvious apps would be shooting or flight simulation games. AR.Drone: Augmented Reality games! I am not a big gamer but this sounds like mucho fun.

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