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by / September 30, 1997
Speed Cracker
UltraLyte, a laser speed detector, is a powerful law enforcement tool for catching speeders. Laser beams use the "change of position over time" formula rather than the conventional radio frequency shift. Conventional radar detectors don't compare to the laser's quickness in determining a car's speed.

UltraLyte is also very accurate. Conventional radar projects a cone-shaped beam 200 feet to 400 feet wide with an effective rate of a few hundred yards -- covering the whole road. UltraLyte widens to just 3 feet at a range of 1000 feet for pinpoint accuracy.

It is waterproof, shock resistant and can easily be used with one hand. It weighs less than 3 pounds and operates on two standard C-cell batteries. The menu-driven LCD display provides easy user operation and is "backlit" for night use. Ultralyte can fire single beam shots, or switch to a continuous readout mode for rapid speed updates. In addition to calculating speed and distance, slope, horizontal distance and height are available with an optional tilt sensor.

UltaLyte is a multifunction laser and can interface with QuickMap, LTS traffic accident and crime scene mapping software, SpeedStat and LTT's traffic statistic package.

For additional information, contact Laser Technology Inc., 7070 S. Tuscon Way, Englewood, CO 80112. Call Jeniffer Schmidt at 303/649-1000.

Dashboard Driver
Afraid to ask for directions? PathMaster is a route guidance and information system specifically designed for use in cars. Voice commands inform drivers of every turn so they can keep their eyes on the road.

PathMaster uses a combination of GPS and dead-reckoning, which maintains accuracy to 10 meters when there is signal interference. With Map-matching, it can continually and precisely match the vehicle's position on the map, inform the driver of his exact location and guide him with easy-to-read icons and voice commands.

The system consists of a dashboard-mounted LCD color screen and control buttons that are clearly labeled.

For additional information, contact Magellan Systems Corporation, 960 Overland Court, San Dimas, CA 91773. Call 909/394-5000.

Robo Express
Hospitals throughout the nation are reducing costs and increasing quality by adding intelligent robots to their staffs.

HelpMate carries meals, medicine, medical records, linens, diagnostic samples and other loads throughout the hospital -- just as an exemplary employee would. Additionally, it can call an elevator, stay out of your way and let you know if you are in its way.

HelpMate is always eager to work and never calls in sick.

For additional information, contact HelpMate Robotics Inc., Shelter Rock Lane, Danbury, CT 06810. Call 203/798-8988.

Pocket-Size Scanner
IRISPen Executive, a pen-size scanner, allows users to enter text and numbers into any application with the ease of using a highlighter pen. It can be used for word processing, spreadsheets or adding addresses to a database.

Equipped with a roller that, when pressed to a piece of paper, turns on the pen scanner, IRISPen allows users to scan the information they need from any letter, telephone number, mailing address, e-mail and bar code. How well characters are recognized depends on the speed at which users slide the pen.

IRISPen can be customized to fit a user's needs. It can execute keyboard commands, such as Space or Return and it can also insert a character into a document. Additionally, there is a character conversion function where a scanned character can be replaced by a different character or deleted.

Both Macintosh and PC compatibles are available. The Macintosh version requires a 7.0 or higher system and 8MB of RAM. IRISPen works with either an external AC power supply or five standard AA alkaline batteries.

For additional information, contact I.R.I.S. America, 1600 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite #20, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Call 800/447-4744.

Wireless Modem
The PRM 660 is a portable radio modem designed to provide a wireless connection between notebook computers or data terminals and an organization's host computer.

PRM 660 operates in either the ultra high-frequency or 800 MHz bands, and uses Motorola's Private DataTAC network.

If communication is temporarily disconnected between a modem and the host computer, a built-in 16K memory buffer provides a Message Store and Forward function. Incoming and outgoing messages can be saved and sent when communication is re-established.

It handles message packetization, delivery and confirmation tasks. Before shut off, PRM 660 sends a de-registration message to the host computer, which tracks the mobile computers that are on and off.

The LCD display and function keys provide an easy-to-use interface for modem set up and operation. Text help information may be displayed when needed and an adjustable volume annunciator "beeps" when incoming messages are received.

PRM 660 weighs just over 16 ounces, is battery-operated and includes an internal flip-up antenna.

For additional information, contact Motorola Land Mobile Products Sector, 1301 East Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL 60196. Call 800/247-2346.

Obstacle Avoidance
Researchers at the University of Michigan's Mobile Robotics Laboratory have developed the GuideCane, a computerized sonar-equipped navigation system to help guide the vision impaired.

Users push the GuideCane with one hand, and when the ultrasonic sensors detect obstacles in the person's path, the computer automatically turns the wheels and steers around the obstacle. Once the obstacle is cleared, the guide wheels resume their original direction.

The system weighs about 8 pounds and consists of a long handle with a thumb-operated joystick for direction control, an array of ultrasonic sensors and a small onboard computer mounted on a two-wheel steering axle.

For additional information, contact The University of Michigan, 412 Maynard, Ann Arbor, MI. Call 313/647-1844.

Your Ticket Out of Here
Amtrak passengers will soon be able to purchase tickets from kiosks developed by IBM. By the end of 1997, 150 kiosks will be installed in 133 Amtrak stations across the United States. The Kiosks will be connected to Amtrak's mainframe using IBM's MDNS Value Added Network.

Amtrak is also planning to install an additional 50 machines and a wireless network implementation at their main stations.

For additional information contact IBM, 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10604. Call Glen Hintze at 914/642-5449.
Virtual Transcription
SpeechPad is a portable voice recorder that converts speech into a text file. Speech is digitally recorded onto a standard PC Card that can be downloaded to a PC. The downloaded speech file is converted to text by the Phillips Speed Magic speech recognition software.

PC cards hold 10 minutes of standard dictation, or 20 minutes of long play dictation per megabyte of storage.

It requires Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, weighs 200 grams and requires four AA batteries.

For additional information, contact Philips Speech Processing (USA), 365 Crossways Park drive, Woodbury, NY 11797. Call 516/921-9310.

Successful City Programs
Examples of Programs for Cities, produced by the National League of Cities' Municipal Reference Service, is a CD-ROM database of more than 6,500 innovative and successful programs that can help other state and local agencies initiate their own programs.

Each record provides a short description of the city program, the city address and phone number, level of government, date the program started, and a contact person for more information. The NLC database also includes county and state programs.

Database entries were complied from city reports and ordinances, journal articles, newspapers and books.

It requires a computer with a CD-ROM drive, Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, 4MB RAM, 3MB of hard disk space.

The CD-ROM costs $85 for members and $160 for nonmembers.

For additional information, contact the National League of Cities, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004., or call Randolph Arndt at 202/626-3000.

Effective Web Presence
Assessing the Cost of World Wide Web Investments, developed by New York State's Center for Technology in Government, provides an understanding of the cost and performance factors involved in creating a Web service, and in maintaining an effective presence on the WWW.

It also addresses how to define service goals, evaluate infrastructure needs and estimate the human resources required for a successful Web site.

It is available through the center's Web site. Bonded copies of the guide cost $10 each.

For additional information contact The Center for Technology in Government, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Call 518/442-3892. E-mail:.

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