Mobile TV Phone
Kyocera has developed a hand-held personal phone system that allows callers to see each other in realtime -- at a rate of two frames per second -- over a black-and-white liquid-crystal display. The system consists of a handset with a built-in screen and an adapter with a camera lens. Additionally, the system allows data sharing with personal computers and access to the Internet.
The hand set is powered with two AA alkaline dry cells and weighs about 175 grams.
An 80,000-pixel camera attachment is also available, and it weighs 90 grams. Pictures are stored in the flash memory as a JPEG file -- 12KB in size with 320x240
pixels per frame.
The system uses Japan's Personal Handyphone System (PHS) -- a Japanese-developed cellular phone system that has limited range but is cheaper than a conventional mobile phone system.
The device is for the Japanese market only, but it will be widely distributed
The phone and the lens cost about $400 and $300, respectively.
For additional information, contact Kyocera, Marketing Department, Yokohama Sales Office. Call 045/943-6138. Internet:
Motorola's TalkAbout radio is a hand-held personal communication device that uses a
special usage-free frequency band created by the FCC for the Family Radio Service (FRS).
It provides clear reception up to a two-mile range and can be tuned to any one of 14 UHF channels and 38 interference eliminator codes, so users can avoid interference.
The unit is easy to use, operates on three AA batteries for up to 20 hours and comes
in various colors: sunstreak yellow, khaki green, dark pewter and cobalt blue.
For additional information, contact Motorola, Land Mobile Products Sector, 1301 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL 60196. For the nearest retail store, call 800/353-2729.
Satellite TV and Internet
With the DirecDuo satellite system, users can receive over 200 top-quality TV channels and high-speed Internet access at up to 400 Kbps.
The system consists of a 21-inch elliptical dish antenna, a satellite receiver that sits on the TV, a PC adapter and loadable Internet software.
Internet activity is requested through the user's modem in conjunction with the Internet service provider, and the response is delivered through the satellite dish to the computer.
For additional information, contact Hughes Network Systems at 800/347-3272. Internet:
Vehicle ID is a photo-based software program that helps law enforcement agencies identify and distribute vehicle information for the purpose of locating a stolen vehicle involved in a crime.
The program has three search functions:
Feature Search is used by the detectives working with a witness to determine the type of car used in a crime; Text Search gives patrol officers immediate access to the year, make and model information as well as an actual image of a car; Vehicle Identification Number Search is used to determine if vehicle identification numbers were switched in stolen cars.
Vehicle ID can also be used by detectives to export the vehicle's composite to a crime lab for additional enhancement, including primer and dents. The complete vehicle composite can be printed on a wanted poster for rapid distribution or broadcast to patrol cars within minutes.
It requires a 486 processor or higher, CD-ROM or 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, SVGA display, Windows 3.1 or higher and 8MB RAM (16MB is recommended).
For additional information, contact ImageWare Software, 15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92128. Call 619/673-1770.
Where are you?
R2 is a portable device used to accurately track vehicles and
people by utilizing GPS receivers and NAVSTAR satellites.