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Saturday, April 17, 2004
Army Awards $32 Million Contract to Improve iRobot's PackBot: Nifty remote control "toy-like" tank. Uses WiFi, Linux, compact flash memory and video camera. Soldiers use it to examine and detonate bombs or mines. iRobot also makes the Roomba vacuum cleaner. The military spec version (400 G of force, sand and mud, 15 mph, etc) sells for $50,000 and up. 2:48:21 PM
"Mobile sales pros, small businesses, and flea marketeers, take note: You can now use a cell phone to take credit card payments anywhere you have access to Nextel's wireless network. The Creditel PowerSwipe is a phone-based credit card machine that frees you from needing a landline to process transactions. .. Creditel claims its security technology makes the system more secure than an ATM machine." $250 plus $12/mo plus .15/transaction. 2:42:00 PM
Danes tag kids with Bluetooth: "Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens opened its gates today for the Summer season and, for the first time, mums and dads do not have to worry about their kids getting lost in one of the world's oldest amusement parks. Tivoli Gardens has introduced a Bluetooth surveillance system .. based on Bluetooth wristbands and 63 access points ..
Parents can buy a armlet for their child for DKK 20 (about $3). Should a child wander off, they merely have to send a SMS requesting information on the particular tag. Shortly thereafter they receive a message back specifying the location of the child's nearest Bluetooth receiver. The access points can pinpoint the location down to 20 metres." 2:38:45 PM
D-Link Ships Wireless Presentation Gateway: "The D-Link Wireless Presentation Gateway eliminates the cables between the projector and the PC, providing contiguous access for multiple presenters to deliver presentations in a group environment. " Smart wifi application. Gateway plugs into projector, costs $250. 2:36:22 PM