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Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications

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daily link  Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Inveneo.org:  San Francisco-based NGO bringing IT to remote villiages.  One project in Uganda with ActionAid, with pedal- and solar-power plus a Linux-based server/IP-PBX.  Infoworld story says 15 mins pedaling the bike powers 1 hour of VoIP talk time.  Also proposed:  an NGO remote office or a villiage education system.  12:00:38 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, July 15, 2005


France Telecom offers ''Big Screen'' Video EyeWear to Mobile Phone Users: "MicroOptical's video eyewear contains two Kopin full-colour, QVGA-resolution (320 x 240) CyberDisplay 230K microdisplays. The sleek eyewear allows users to privately view large-size video or pictures equivalent to a 12-inch screen as seen from three feet away, yet simultaneously view their surroundings thanks to the small size of the frame and MicroOptical's patented optics which allow the user to see around the screen.  ..

Orange SA, one of the world's leading wireless companies with 52 million customers in 16 countries, will bundle a MicroOptical binocular video eyewear with Samsung's SGH-D600 cell phone as part of its new "Orange World" wireless multimedia service. The bundled package, unveiled at the recent European Research and Innovation Exhibition in Paris, will be made available to Orange subscribers in October 2005. ..

Built with nanotechnology, the CyberDisplay 230K .. operates at traditional video speeds and consumes only five milliwatts of power."  I find the power figure amazing.  Display size and power consumption are big limitations to many applications.  Looking geeky is a small price to pay for portability.

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