Saturday, July 16, 2005

News: Fujitsu Debuts Bendable Electronic Paper: Paper and Digital Media Converged

Reblogged from Overclocker's Club

News: Fujitsu Debuts Bendable Electronic Paper: "Fujitsu Debuts Bendable Electronic Paper
Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 01:52:18 GMT
Author: Matt Cameron

Fujitsu today announced their joint development of the world's first film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper with an image memory function. The new electronic paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent, and features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image without the need for electricity. The thin and flexible electronic paper uses very low power to change screen images, thereby making it ideal for displaying information or advertisements in public areas as a type of new electronic media that can be handled as easily as paper. The jointly developed electronic paper will be showcased at Fujitsu Forum 2005, to be held July 14 and 15 at Tokyo International Forum.

Electronic paper offers all of the same characteristics of paper such as being thin, flexible, and lightweight. It also boasts low power consumption in that it does not require electricity except during screen image changes, making electronic paper especially suited for advertisements or information bulletins in public places for which paper is currently used. Electronic paper is especially convenient for use on curved surfaces, such as columns. In addition, electronic paper can be conveniently used in conjunction with mobile devices as an easy-to-read and portable display device.

Numerous R&D efforts are in progress in the field of electronic paper. However, thus far there had been no color electronic paper available that uses flexible film substrate capable of being bent without affecting the screen image and which features a memory function.

No electricity required for continuous display, minimal power consumption when changing screen image

* Features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image even when electricity is turned off therefore no electricity is required for continuous display.
* Screen image can be changed using minimal electricity consumption equivalent to the weak radiowaves used in contactless IC cards.
* Fujitsu's new technology significantly conserves energy by consuming only one one-hundredth to one ten-thousandth the energy of conventional display technologies.

High-level display performance

* The new electronic paper is constructed of three displaying layers - red, blue, and green. Since no color filters or polarizing layers are required, it features color that is significantly more vivid than conventional reflective-type LCDs.
* Proprietary Fujitsu technology ensures that screen color is unaffected even when the screen is bent or pressed with fingers.
* Because the screen image does not require repetitive updates to be maintained, the screen does not flicker.

Flexible film substrate

* The film substrate employed in Fujitsu's new electronic paper can be flexibly bent and thus significantly widens the range of potential applications.

Anticipated Applications
By leveraging the features of this technology, a wide variety of applications can be envisioned for Fujitsu's new electronic paper as a digital medium that can be handled like paper. Following are some examples:

Transit advertising on trains, information displays on curved surfaces, and other public display applications that could take advantage of its light weight and flexibility. Information displayed can be updated based on the time of day, enabling more effective advertising and informational signage.

Electronic shelf display tags, point-of-purchase displays, restaurant menus, and other in-store uses. Can also be used for pricing displays or product information displays that stand out in full color and can be readily updated.
Operating manuals, work orders, and other short-term information displays, facilitating the trend toward paperless offices or factories.

Text or images from mobile phones or other mobile devices can be transferred wirelessly to larger displays for easy viewing.

Use in the home can offer more convenient digital-media devices that can be carried from room to room.

Future Developments
Fujitsu will conduct test marketing and practical-use testing, targeting commercialization within fiscal 2006 (April 2006 to March 2007) to promote field innovation using its new electronic paper.

Stitch Says: I could stay up nights thinking about potential applications for this. If they can make it flexible and durable enough you could suddenly totally change the mobile web. Your cell phone becomes a modem for downloading any newspaper in the world in full color a section at a time, but with fully searchable, indexable, taggable results. Truly, if the capabilities of the paper support navigation, and the phones have enough processing power to deal with full blown html/xml the possibilities are endless...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

WiMax VoIP Delivered : Converging Acronyms?

WiMax VoIP Delivered: "*

WiMax VoIP Delivered

By samc on 802.16 News

WiFi Planet notes that San Francisco based Soma Networks has completed interoperability validation with Broadsoft's BroadWorks, paving the way for VoIP application delivery over WiMAX.

Broadworks is a VoIP application platform that manages call routing and provides a number of core web-enabled telephony services including voice mail, call waiting, conferencing, and auto-attendant functions. Soma Networks' part of the equation includes a wireless end-to-end IP telephony solution that offers a fully integrated VoIP wireless broadband gateway that allows VoIP application bandwidth efficiency over a broadband wireless infrastructure.

Soma's wireless broadband gateway is a converged device that integrates a SIP User Agent (SUA), analog terminal adapter (ATA), wireless broadband modem and WiFi route into a single unit. According to Soma, users can plug any standard analog voice phone or FAX line into the device and use their web browser to register for VoIP services.

The SOMA solution is targeted at service providers looking to offer landline quality voice and high speed data services to residential and SoHo customers. Broadband Wireless (WiMAX) based VoIP compares favorably from a price, technology, and security point of view with wired VoIP solutions according to Soma."

Stitch Says: better get your notepad out, we've got a new acronym coming...any guesses? Possibilities include VoMax, VO-WiMax or they could depart from the standard, try something different and fun and go with MaxVox, Wi-Vox, or how about VO-Wax? Their are so many new acronyms being generated today you need a dictionary to keep them straight. And if you want to actually tell someone what some of the acronyms stand for you'd better have your engineering degree. How about orthagonal freququency division mutiplexing?

Seriously, though, WiMax is starting to show some promise. More than one company has managed to demonstrate real-world functionality for fixed and mobile acess deployed over not one but multiple different frequencies. As analog broadcasts vacate large swathes of the airwaves, the rapid deployment of new high speed data services is going to be a boom for consumers looking for better service offerings and competitive prices.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Handheld Wireless Gambling: Now Slot Jockeys and Poker Fiends Can Converge on the Casinos from Home

Nevada Legalizes Wireless Handheld GamingBy Peter Rojas

Wireless gambling handheld

We can already tell that next year’s DefCon is going to be a hoot: the state of Nevada just passed a law that would make it legal to gamble using a wireless handheld device in any part of a casino except a hotel room (because it’d be tough to for them to stop kiddies from playing, and you know how much the kids love video poker). It’s actually illegal to gamble online here in the States, so the idea here is that casinos can offer their patrons handhelds that connect up to a local wireless network and which would allow them to continue, uh, winning and losing (well, mostly losing) money even when they’re hitting the buffet or watching Zumanity. Then again, if you’re just going to go all the way to Vegas to play Texas Hold ‘Em on a tiny PDA screen, you could probably save yourself some time, trouble, and expense and just kick it at home, but hey, we’re doing our best to understand your addiction.

Stitch Says: and you thought kids of PlayStation Portable were bad...I'm not much of a gambler myself, I have enough stuff to do without adding poker to my vices, but for those that are, I'm curious about things like user experience, bandwidth, security, etc. Anyone? What's the table limit? What happens when a call drops fbefore the ball does? Is static grounds for failing to pay up when you lose a big pot? Anyone? Anyone?
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