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.
The unit measures 4x3x1.4 inches and is ideal for vehicle or people-safety recovery tracking. The unit could be placed on any vehicle, person
or child for monitoring and locating.
Reading Municipal Light, an electric utility company in Massachusetts that serves 25,000 customers, is planning to integrate R2 for vehicle
tracking and dispatching needs to increase its response time to customer requests.
For additional information, contact Paradigm Advanced Technology, 120 Carlton Street, Suite 419, Toronto, ON Canada M5A 4K2. Call David Curson at 416/929-6565.
The V100 is a bullet-resistant video-surveillance camera that can withstand an assault from a 9mm handgun or a 12-gauge shotgun.
It is 5 inches long, 3.5 feet in diameter and weatherproof.
It comes with a color or monochrome high-performance camera, lens, enclosure and universal mounting hardware.
For additional information, contact Silent Witness Enterprise Ltd., 6554 176th Street, Surrey, BC Canada
V3S 4G5. Call 888/289-2288. Internet: .
Remote Control for Your Car
The CreataLink Control Module, developed by Motorola, is a long-range car pager that enables drivers to control
various functions on their cars. Once installed on a vehicle, the driver
can turn on the headlights, sound the horn or shut the engine on or off.
It can even be activated when there are thousands of miles separating the driver and his car. To do this, the user dials a toll-free pager number and enters two codes -- one to identify the vehicle and the other to activate the system. Afterwards, the caller selects from a list of functions.
Car rental, financing and insurance companies have become interested in the system as a means to disable a vehicle driven by a deadbeat customer or a thief, or it could allow entry into a car with its keys locked inside or lost.
The device costs about $100 plus $25 for unlimited paging for a year. There is an additional $50 charge for installation. The range is nationwide in North America. CreataLink will hit the consumer market sometime in the first quarter of 1998.
For additional information, contact Motorola. Call 888/668-3273. Internet: .
Want to know how fast things are moving? Speed Chek determines the speed of moving objects up to 150 mph or 199 kmph.
It features a three-digit LED display, conversion switch (miles
per hour or kilometers per hour), last-speed recall and an automatic shut-off power saver, which activates after 10 minutes of inactivity.
Speed Chek weighs about 1 pound and is powered with six AA alkaline or NiCad batteries or an AC adapter.
For additional information, contact Gamma Racquet Sports, 200 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Call 800/333-0337. Internet: .
No More Busy Signal
PhoneDoubler, developed by Ericsson, allows Internet users to make and receive phone calls while logged onto the Internet without a second phone line.
PhoneDoubler is available from Internet Global Service in the Dallas area and costs $9.95 a month plus a $29.95 set-up fee or $15.95 a month with no set up fee for dialup customers.
PhoneDoubler requires Windows 95, Windows 3.x or Windows NT with a TCP/IP stack and SLIP/PP; a 486DX22/66 or better with speakers and microphone; a half- or full-duplex audio card; wave APIS; a 14.4 baud or higher modem; and it also works with ISDN terminal adapters.
For additional information, contact PhoneDoubler, 359 Lake Park Roads, Suite 114, Lewisville, TX 75057. Call Peter Dauterman at 972/221-1335.
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