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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
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. 4:08:11 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Google invests in BPL developer
: " Google Inc has invested, alongside Goldman Sachs & Co and The Hearst Corp, in Current Communications Group LLC, a privately held company that develops technology for broadband over power lines, BPL. Current declined to confirm the amount raised in the investment, but a story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal said it was $100m... BPL is clearly gaining momentum, as first the US government's Federal Communications Commission in February proposed rules to facilitate the deployment of BPL over the electric power grid, then this week the IEEE announced it has begun work on a standard to define the nature of the communication channel to be used with AC power lines. The proposed standard is the IEEE P1901, "Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications" that is expected to be completed by early 2007."