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by / January 31, 1999
Where No GPS Has Gone Before | The TTS 500 optical surveying instrument with reflectorless technology is designed to work in areas where global positioning system signals are weak or obstructed. It can collect data for topographic maps, stake out construction sites, perform boundary, seismic and geodetic control surveys and photogrammetric work. With Survey Controller 7.0 field software for TCI data collector and Trimble Survey Office software 1.5, it provides a powerful tool for data flow, flexibility and interoperability between GPS and optical instruments, and a laser rangefinder for surveying any situation. Additional information is available by contacting Trimble Navigation Ltd. at 800/827-8000.

Mobile Mouse | You've prepared to make the presentation of your life. You've memorized your spiel, you've got punchy jokes in all the right places, and you've got more graphics than Cindy Crawford's Web site. But every time you want to change the image on the jumbo presentation monitor, you have to run over to the mouse, stoop over and click. Your rhythm is rattled, your proposal rejected, your career doomed. What you needed was Remote Point, a hand-held wireless device that allows users to control their computers cursor from anywhere by pointing and clicking. With Remote Point, you're not tethered to the 20-inch tail on your desktop mouse. Additional information is available by contacting Interlink Electronics at 805/484-1331.

Digital Whiteboard | Ibid 600 is a 4-foot-by-6-foot digital whiteboard that connects to a PC, which can then capture everything written on the board. From the PC, the information can be saved, filed, printed, distributed electronically, or shared in realtime with remote applicants. Ibid 600 can be easily mounted on a wall or moved between offices on a rolling stand. Additional information is available by contacting Micro Touch Systems Inc. at 978/659-9000.

Hand-held Holder Holds Hand-helds | For the obsessive multitasker, the Mobile Office Outfitter allows drivers to securely mount mobile electronic or hand-held computer devices in their cars or elsewhere. The unit features a removable and portable holder, notepad and stylus pen along with a flip-down leg that serves as a table or desktop stand, and storage for two AA batteries. The hand-held device for hand-held devices can be easily mounted or easily released with the touch of a button. Additional information is available by contacting The Mobile Office Outfitter at 925/485-5630.

Missing Persons | When a child disappears, time is often the key element to his or her safe return. The Las Vegas Police Department's Missing Persons and Juvenile Unit is using digital cameras, scanners and printers to cut the time it takes to find a missing child. The department can print the image of a missing child from a computer and then print them on flyers that can be distributed to patrol officers in minutes. Additional information is available by contacting Russel Bel of The Leavitt/Bell Group Inc. at 626/564-9500.

No, it Won't Shine Your Shoes or Do Your Laundry ... Yet | Keyboards are great for typing, but haven't you always wished you could do, say, 127 other things with them? The future is now, fellow dreamer. Cherry Electrical Products' 3000 Series keyboard has a Universal Serial Bus interface, allowing it to link to 127 peripherals, although not all at once. The keyboard comes in a powered-hub and hubless version. The powered-hub version has up to four downstream ports. Additional information is available by contacting Cherry Electrical Products at 414/942-6500.

Digital T-shirt | The Georgia Institute of Technology is developing a computerized shirt embedded with a motherboard, fiber optics and special sensors that connect to a monitor. The shirt monitors the body's vital signs. Professor Jayaraman Sundaresan of the GIT School of Textile & Fiber Engineering said the technology, developed for military applications, could benefit the health-care industry, monitoring patients after heart surgery and monitoring babies overnight for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Eventually, wireless transmission will allow the wearer to be monitored on the go, making it suitable to police and firefighters. Additional information is available by contacting the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Textile & Fiber Engineering or Sundaresan at 404/894-2490 or e-mail.

Nuke Your Food, Rot Your Brain, Check Your E-mail | Couch potatoes and Net addicts, rejoice. No longer will you have to face the nightmare of going into the kitchen and missing two minutes of television or suspend that intense chatroom session while you microwave those frozen burritos. NCR Corporation has developed a combination microwave oven, television, and computer with Internet capability. While food cooks, users can surf the Web, check their e-mail or watch television. It uses voice-recognition software and incorporates touch-screen technology in the door of the microwave. No keyboard to gum up with liquified processed cheese. According to the company, the system can incorporate security measures