Put This in Your Pipe and Scope It

The P448 is a remote-controlled storm drain inspection vehicle. It patrols pipe as small as 15 inches in diameter, features an elevator-mounted video camera, and employs a dual-range transmission and variable differential allowing it to make sharp turns.

For additional information, contact Pearpoint Inc., 2055 Corporate Way, Thousand Palms, CA 92276. Call Mary Perry at 760/343-7350. Internet:.

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Urban Simulation

Urban planners, city designers, developers, investors and government agencies will have a clear understanding of a how a project will look at any stage in the process, with 3D graphic Urban Simulation technology from Coryphaeus Software Inc. and Silicon Graphics.

Urban Simulation allows users to evaluate projects by "flying" anywhere in the scene to see what it looks like and, if necessary, change the location, shape, or size of objects and spaces.

"Urban simulation is democratizing urban planning and construction, making it easy for decision-makers and anyone to see and understand before the building or funding commitments are made," said John Murphy, Coryphaeus' president.

The system was recently used by California's transportation engineers to examine various designs for a proposed San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The system uses Coryphaeus Software's MetroSim Urban Simulation and Silicon Graphics Onyx2.

For additional information, contact Coryphaeus Software Inc., 985 University Ave., Suite 31, Los Gatos, CA 95030. 408/395.4537. Internet: . Silicon Graphics, 2011 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043-1389.

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Info Highway Meets Autobahn

Mercedes-Benz drivers and passengers will soon be able to access the Internet on the road. The system integrates the Internet, multimedia, wireless and other advanced technologies like speech recognition.

In the front seat, the driver and front passenger share a dashboard-mounted multimedia screen for Internet-based services. The back-seat system can be used with devices like hand-held controls and wireless keyboards to access interactive games and the Internet as well as navigational services and office applications.

Built-in infrared transceivers will allow passengers to integrate a hand-held personal computer into the vehicle's system. In addition, the center armrest in front has a slot for a personal device such as an electronic organizer or a smart card (similar to a phone card), allowing the driver to bring in personal information and preferences such as electronic calendars and bookmarks for Internet services.

For additional information, contact Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America, Inc., 1510 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. (415) 845-2500. Internet:.

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Camera On Board

The Nikon Coolpix camera slides directly into the notebook's PC card slot without needing any cables or software. Users can take full-color photos and download them directly into a notebook computer, e-mail or printer.

The camera is able to take close-ups of items as small as a business card from as close as 5.5 inches. It has a recording resolution of 512 x 480, weighs just five ounces and requires four AA batteries for operation.

It is compatible with most notebook computers with a PC card slot and Windows 3.1. A Macintosh-compatible version is also available.

For additional information, contact Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064. Call 516/547-4200. Internet:.

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Flood Assessment Risk

FloodPlainInfo, developed by On Target Mapping, provides informational and geographic records of national flood plains for approximately 880 counties in the United States and some territories. It provides users with flood-risk data suitable for determining if buildings, dwellings and other structures are within a special hazard area.

FloodPlainInfo's uses include risk assessment, site analysis, underwriting, disaster planning and recovery and strategic planning.

Regular updates are available through the Risk Assessment Subscriber Program.