and geodetic control surveys; and photogrammetric work. With Survey Controller 7.0 field software for TCI data collector and Trimble Survey Office software 1.5, it provides a powerful tool for data flow, flexibility and interoperability between GPS and optical instruments and a laser rangefinder for surveying any situation.

Additional information is available by contacting Trimble Navigation Ltd. at 800/827-8000.


Smart Clothes Make the Man

The Georgia Institute of Technology is developing a computerized shirt embedded with a motherboard, fiber optics and special sensors that monitor the body's vital signs. Professor Jayaraman Sundaresan of the GIT School of Textile & Fiber Engineering said the technology, developed for military applications, could benefit the health-care industry, monitoring patients after heart surgery or monitoring babies overnight for sudden infant death syndrome. Eventually, wireless transmission will allow the wearer to be monitored on the go, making it suitable for police and firefighters.

Additional information is available by contacting the Georgia Institute of Technology's

School of Textile & Fiber Engineering or Sundaresan at 404/894-2490.


Crimebusting Alliance

Several law enforcement agencies in Utah are using Alliance, a new computer program that eliminates jurisdictional boundaries and facilitates cooperation and communication between neighboring law enforcement agencies. When one agency wants to search another's database, a query is sent to a broker, which receives the query, routes it to the appropriate agency, collects the search results and sends them back to the requesting agency.

Additional information is available by contacting Spillman Technologies Inc. at 435/753-1610.


Digital Whiteboard

The Ibid 600 is a 4-foot-by-6-foot digital whiteboard that connects to a PC, which can then capture everything written on the board. The information can then be saved, filed, printed, distributed electronically or shared in realtime with remote applicants. The Ibid 600 can be easily mounted on a wall or moved between offices on a rolling stand.

Additional information is available by contacting Micro Touch Systems Inc. at 978/659-9000.


Nuke Your Food, Rot Your Brain, Check Your E-mail

Couch potatoes and Net addicts, rejoice. No longer will you have to face the nightmare of going into the kitchen and missing two minutes of television or suspend that intense chatroom session while you microwave those frozen burritos.

NCR Corporation has developed a combination microwave oven, television and computer with Internet capability. While food cooks, users can surf the Web, check their e-mail or watch television. It uses voice-recognition software and incorporates touch-screen technology in the door of the microwave -- no keyboard to gum up with liquified processed cheese. According to the company, the system can incorporate voice-recognition security measures, as well as iris scanning, fingerprint identification and password protection.

Additional information is available by contacting Mark McCall of NCR Corp. at 312/240-2640.


Does Goodyear Know About This?

Oh, the connectivity! Blimps are not solely for Super Bowl stadium shots anymore. A new, smaller, computerized model can relay signals, allowing one to do network computing from anywhere. It can be equipped with a digital camera, laptop and wireless modem for remote surveillance that's mobile.

You can float the remote-controlled blimp through your office, living room, or wherever you would want a yard-long digital balloon hanging around. It is safe and easy to fly, no experience or pilot's license required. The blimp can hover, make turns and float from room to room. Consisting of a 38-inch refillable metalloid nylon balloon, twin fan/receiver propulsion system and a two-channel hand-held 27MHz transmitter, the blimp is propelled by dual independently controlled micro-motors powered by a 3-volt lithium cell. The range is 200 feet.

Additional information is available by contacting DraganFly Innovations Inc. at 306/955-9907.