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  • 1. Inspect-our Gadgets Mobile Technology gets exciting… … and ridiculous… ©2005 Tore Bostrup
  • 2. The "Give Me A Break" Collection
    • You've got to check this out:
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  • 3. What are we talking about?
    • PDAs & Smartphones
    • Wearable Technology
    • Wireless and area driven connectivity
    • The move from a connected (wired) to roaming (wireless) paradigm
    • Separating personal, local, and central devices and connect as needed based on proximity
  • 4. Related Technologies
    • VOIP – Voice Over IP
    • GPS
    • Networking – Mostly Wireless
    • Atomic Timekeeping
    • Wireless Wallets
    • …and who knows…
  • 5. Getting Real – the Boring Stuff
  • 6. Getting Real – the Boring Stuff
  • 7. Microsoft Mobile etc.
    • Windows Mobile 5.0 is in Beta
    • Microsoft & VOIP
      • Microsoft VoIP SIP Client
      • Windows Vista (Longhorn) will include SIP addresses everywhere
      • Istanbul – a corporate IM client
      • Connected Services Framework
      • Speech Server & Live Communication Server
    • What else can we expect?
  • 8. Related Technologies
    • VOIP – Voice Over IP
      • Boring
      • Cheap
      • BellSouth - $66/month plus LD
      • VOIP - $25/month typical flat fee price point with unlimited LD and cheap international rates
      • Cell Phones – typically from about $40 for 400-500 minutes of “airtime”, “free” LD, and non-existent international rates for the first 6-12 months of continuous service.
      • Did you know that Microsoft has a VOIP Edition OS?
  • 9. Networking in the 21 st Century
    • One word: Wireless
      • But will the wireless world be like the paperless office?
    • Networking is divided into "classes"
      • PAN – Personal Area Network (5-100 ft)
      • WLAN – Up to about 1000 ft
      • MAN – Metropolitan Area Network (several miles)
      • WAN – Ties it together
  • 10. Networking in the 21 st Century
    • PAN – Personal Area Network
      • Bluetooth – 802.15
      • Originally 1 Mbps with a range of about 30 feet
      • BlueTooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) extends that to 3 Mbps.
      • Bluetooth engineers looking to extend the range to about 300 feet in 2006.
      • Windows XP SP2 includes native support for BlueTooth.
      • UltraWideBand – interesting alternative
  • 11. PAN – BlueTooth
    • BlueTooth is 802.15
      • Parrot Easydrive for your car– leave your cell phone in your pocket
      • … but Bluetooth headsets tend to offer similar functionality
      • … mice
      • PDA keyboards
      • Unitek Bluetooth Telephony Base Y-275
        • invtid =y-275&cm_ mmc = geekmail -_- newarrivals _text-_-01_ aug _2005-_- naproduct
  • 12. PAN – UltraWideBand?
    • Not a new technology
    • Jim Geiger wrote on in 2003: “Initially UWB should deliver bandwidths from about 40Mbps to 600Mbps, and eventually data rates could be up to gigabits-per-second (with higher power). XtremeSpectrum, a UWB chipset maker, is predicting that its initial products will have a range of 30 feet and data rates of around 100 Mbps. Intel has dedicated itself to a loftier goal of 500 Mbps.”
  • 13. PAN – UltraWideBand?
    • May be used for wireless displays – now we’re talking!
    • BlueTooth and UWB SIGS to merge.
    • Infighting between factions may result in limited adoption.
    • UWB also used for “Wireless USB”.
    • UWB could be moot in a few years if the high-speed 802.11n specification currently being worked on turns out to be as popular as other Wi-Fi flavors are today.
  • 14. PAN – UltraWideBand?
    • Video shown over 66 feet with UWB at the Wireless Connectivity World conference in London this spring.
  • 15. PAN - Other
    • RFID
      • Yes – those pesky little merchandize tags with pink metal bands on the tape side that need to be “deactivated” by the cashier.
      • Watch for RFID networks – but maybe not in the short term. An RFID “cube” communicating at 13.5 MHz is available at $85,000 now.
  • 16. PAN – Other
    • NFC – Near Field Communication
      • Securely (!?) use your cell phone or PDA to transfer payment information to a vendor.
  • 17. Call Your Wallet
      • In Japan, NTT DoCoMo says they have 3 million cell phone subscribers using their “Mobile Wallet” service.
      • MasterCard International has tested “contactless payment technology” since 2003.
      • JPMorgan Chase & Co has announced plans for a mass-market rollout of MasterCard and Visa cards with a radio chip in Atlanta – starting this summer.
      • MacDonalds, 7-Eleven and other merchants are installing radio terminals that work with these cards.
  • 18. LAN – wLAN - WiFi
    • WiFi (802.11)
      • KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut will be installing WiFi across the nation.
      • Nextel partnered with Boingo Wireless to get access to more than 7000 hotspots in North America.
      • Phones will be able to switch between WiFi and cellular signals without dropping the call.
  • 19. WiFi
    • WiFi (802.11 variants) typically carry a signal up to 1000 ft line-of-sight or to nearby rooms.
    • A new record was set during "Defcon" recently – about 125 miles using two large dish antennas…
      • They said that they would now use the dishes to listen for BlueTooth… (shiver)
  • 20. WiFi Shootout at DefCon
    • Team "iFiber Redwire" achieves 11 Mbps over 125 miles
  • 21. WiFi News
    • 802.11n – the Next Big WiFi protocol
      • Rivaling factions agreed this week to work toward a single standard
      • 802.11n is expected to take Wi-Fi speeds to 540Mbps
  • 22. MAN – Coming to a Town Near You
    • I had long thought this was a dead horse
      • Big buzz maybe 15 years ago, then (nothing)
      • But never say never
        • WiMAX to the rescue – maybe…
  • 23. MAN – WiMAX or…
    • WiMax (802.16)
      • WiMAX is Wireless Microwave Access. Two standards 802.16-2004 or 802.16a/c/d (fixed) and the forthcoming 802.16e (mobile) are not compatible, but complimentary.
      • 802.16e is expected to become standard in 2006, but pre-standard products are expected.
      • WiMAX will carry in excess of 70 Mbps over 30 miles – but those specs are for the fixed version. I have been unable to find the expected range and speed of the mobile version - 802.16e.
  • 24. WiMAX
    • Visant Strategies say that WiMax may reach $1 Billion by 2008. Other industry analysts say the market will be worth anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion by 2009.
  • 25. EMail Lowers Your IQ
    • An HP sponsored study at Kings College in London shows that constant emailing and text messaging lowers your IQ with about 10 points …
  • 26. Place Shifting?
    • Take your signals and programming with you
      • Wireless TV – on all your devices - anywhere?
      • The Slingbox allows you to tap into your home TV signal anywhere there’s a high-speed internet connection. Use what you’ve go – a TV, your laptop, PDA – or cell phone. Watch daytime soaps at Atlanta Bread Company during lunch.
      • TiVO to go – on your cell phone
      • Orb is more like a personal peer network – access and play anything on your home PC from anywhere and any device.
  • 27. “ Place Shift” Your Phone
    • Take your VOIP box with you… Anywhere there’s a high-speed internet connection.
    • Take it to a hotspot and bridge your laptop’s wired and wireless networks, and connect your VOIP box to your laptop with a crossover cable.
  • 28. …And in the Air…
    • FCC and FAA are considering lifting their bans on in-flight use of cell phones, maybe as early as 2006.
    • NASA declared that “current generation cell phones are safe for use on airplanes” more than 3 years ago.
    • Qualcomm and American Airlines conducted a test flight in July 2004.
    • In-flight internet is available on some international carriers.
  • 29. …in the Air…
    • Connexion by Boeing uses a satellite based high speed internet access service with downstream speeds of 5 Mbps.
    • The Airbus A380 super-jumbo will offer an optional voice/data system. Use your own cell phone onboard.
  • 30. …in the Air…
    • Verizon Airfone service is just plain too expensive ($3.99/minute voice, $1.99/minute data), but a new Verizon service – Verizon Airfone Service for Verizon Wireless lets customers sign up for $10/month plus $0.10/minute, or $0.69 minute (domestic).
  • 31. …And in the Back of the Taxi
    • Stuck in traffic?
      • Better be in an Interactive Taxi with a wireless touch-screen multimedia computer in the back seat.
      • Watch news, movie trailers, restaurant listings.
      • But can you play Solitaire?
  • 32. "I Always Wanted to…"
    • Watch the last episode of Lost
      • … On my cell phone…
      • … In my car…
      • … While driving home…
      • or NOT.
    • But soon – I may be able to…
  • 33. Camera Phones are soo passe
    • Video on the go is the thing… (I must be getting old – I don't get it…)
      • All the cell phone companies are aggressively addressing this market
      • I think a 13" screen is small, and threw away my 5" TV…
      • But they think I'll watch a sub-2" screen?
      • (We shall see)
  • 34. Video on Your Phone
    • Verizon’s Video Initiatives
      • FiOS - Fiber to households
        • 15 Mbps currently advertised for $49.95/month
        • at least 30 Mbps in the works
      • TV franchise in New Jersey
      • V Cast - Video on Cell Phones (PacketVideo ( provides the video using Windows Media Player technology)
  • 35. Cell Phones, VOIP, and WiFi
    • Put it all together
      • Flat Rate high quality VOIP over WiFi when in range
      • Convert to time restricted cell phone calls when outside WiFi spots
    • And add some WiMAX
      • Now the "sweet spot" is the city…
    • And it doesn't just have to be a phone anymore…
  • 36. VOIP on Cell Phones with WiFi
    • Some phones already support WiFi
    • They are available now – but the providers don’t advertise it.
    • You will need a VOIP provider – your cell phone provider may not give you “free airtime” in WiFi hotspots…?
    • Will your VOIP provider?
  • 37. 3G Cellular
    • 3G Specification speeds:
      • High Mobility: 144 kbps for rural outdoor mobile use. This data rate is available for environments in which the 3G user is traveling more than 120 kilometers per hour in outdoor environments.
      • Full Mobility: 384 kbps for pedestrian users traveling less than 120 kilometers per hour in urban outdoor environments.
      • Limited Mobility: At least 2 Mbps with low mobility (less than 10 kilometers per hour) in stationary indoor and short range outdoor environments.
  • 38. 3G Cellular
    • An overview of current 2G and 3G technologies at:
      • http://www. arcelect .com/2G-3G_Cellular_Wireless. htm
  • 39. 3G Cellular
    • EDGE: 100 to 130 kbps with bursts up to 200 kbps, theoretical peak at 473 kbps
    • 1xRTT: 153 kbps.
    • 1xEV-DO: 400 to 700 kbps, peak at 2,4 Mbps
    • HSPDA: (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) coming soon – maxes out at 3.6 Mbps, but will average between 400 kbps and 700 kbps.
    • 3G is expensive (typically $80/month)
  • 40. Other Phone Apps
    • Music
      • Music Services for cell phones important in Europe and Asia – can the US be far behind?
      • Nokia N91 has a 4Gb internal HD and plays about 12.5 hrs of MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A formats and has a 2 MP camera
  • 41. Other Phone Apps
    • On-Line Gaming expected to become killer app on mobile
      • nVidia has launched their GoForce family of Wireless Media Processors aimed at the portable devices. These processors can be found in the Motorola E1000, V980, and in the Mitsubishi M430i.
    • But the enterprise applications are growing, too.
  • 42. Other Phone Apps
    • Sportscasts
      • A subcategory of Video
      • MLB on XM
      • Mobi-MLB
  • 43. More Phone Stuff
    • Advanced Voice
      • Samsung’s Speech Dictation Cell phone – SGH-p207
      • Nokia 6155 – speaker-independent voice commands
      • NEC 232E HDM – also speaker-independent voice commands and dialing
  • 44. Phones Against the Grain
    • Nokia 5140 – perfect for the beach
      • Splash-proof
      • Sand-proof
      • 640x480 Camera
      • FM Radio
      • Thermometer
      • Flashlight
      • 3.3 ounces.
  • 45. GPS
    • A whole another subject
    • Cell phones with built-in GPS
    • Your location becomes useful information…
      • Show nearby ATM, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, etc.
    • … And a Commodity
      • Now the advertisers can follow you… and you though SpyWare was bad?
  • 46. Other Devices
    • Ever read something interesting but never found it again?
      • Docupen to the rescue
      • The DocuPen R700 is the smallest handheld portable documents scanner in the world!
        • Is it there yet? (I don't know)
        • Eventually there will be a really good implementation available
        • http://www. planon - docupen .com/?an= bim -ring
  • 47. Other Devices
    • The iTech BlueTooth Virtual Keyboard
  • 48. This is Cool
    • And Reviewers say it really works – well!
  • 49. The Continuation…
    • My computer doesn't have to be plugged in to my keyboard. Or monitor. Or the wall.
    • My phone is my phone. Or is it just a phone number that I carry? Maybe all phones in my PAN range are candidate phones?
    • And why do I have to carry all that stuff?
    • Let me use whatever is wherever to work with whatever my PAN is zoomed on…