The Hello Download

Scientists from IBM's Almaden Research Center have found a way to transmit data through the human body in a system dubbed the "personal area network." A device smaller than a deck of cards creates an external electric field that passes a small current (one-billionth of an amp) through the body -- weaker than natural electrical fields already in the body -- transmitting data at a speed equivalent to a 2400-baud modem.

Using this technology two people can exchange electronic business cards through a handshake. The device should be able to exchange data between personal information and communications devices carried by an individual, including cellular phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and smart cards.

For additional information contact IBM Research's David Yaun at 914/945-3738. E-mail: .

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Big Gulp

When forest fires occur, the CL-45 gives firefighters what they need the most: a quick initial attack and continuous bombardment. The plane is not required to land but can scoop up 1,620 gallons of water on the fly in 12 seconds.

The CL-45 features precise handling and low-speed maneuverability, digital avionics information display with built-in diagnostics, electronic flight instrument system and digital ADF/VOR/DME navigation units.

For additional information contact Bombardier Inc., Canadair, Amphibious Aircraft Division, P.O. Box 6087, Station Center-Ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C3G9. Call Bryan MacCormack at 514/855-7638.

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Underwater Scanning

Need to look deep under the water? The LC-100 Side Scan Sonar System is an ideal search tool. Images captured from the sonar are well suited for a variety of applications such as diving and salvage, bridge inspections, harbor clearance, mine hunting, treasure hunting and marine research.

The LC-100 utilizes two 100KHz transducers, operates at depths up to 100 meters and its display unit delivers high-resolution images (256 shades at 640 x 480 pixels). It runs on IBM Windows 3.1 and provides continuous waterfall giving the operator easy control of range, gain, contrast, color palette and navigational input.

For additional information contact EdgeTech, 455 Fortune Blvd., Milford, MA 01757. Call Darren Moss at 508/478-9500.

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GPS Plus E-mail

Harnessing the capabilities of the Orbcomm satellite network and GPS, Magellan has introduced a hand-held global satellite communicator. The GSC-100 allows users to send and receive e-mail messages from anywhere on Earth, as well as locate where they are, guide them where they want to go and relay their position to anyone who has e-mail.

The GSC-100 is well suited for applications such as personal and business communications, search-and-rescue operations, fleet management and remote field-site operations. The GSC-100 weighs 37 oz. and is priced at $999.

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

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Wet Chat

The Buddy phone system, developed by Ocean Technology, is an ultrasound communication system that provides underwater diver-to-diver and diver-to-surface voice communication. It is used with standard scuba diving equipment.

For additional information contact US Divers, P.O. Box 25018, Santa Ana, CA 92722-5018. 800/635-3483.

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Robo-Rover

Even though Andros does not sniff, bite or require paper training, in some situations, it may become law enforcement's best friend. Manufactured by a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, Andros comes in various configurations and is suited for explosive handling and hazardous materials, SWAT operations, surveillance, hostage negotiations and other high-risk operations.

Features include a color TV camera, night vision kit, and two-way online audio-video display communications. Optional weaponry varies from 12-gauge sidewinder shotguns to laser or water disrupters.

For further information contact Remotec Inc., 114 Union Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. 423/483-0228.

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