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  • 1. Gadgets & A Glimpse Of The Future Presented By: E.C.E-A
  • 2. Definition Of gadgets By Some Famous Dictionaries • Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus: An often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty. • Wikipedia: “A gadget or gizmo is a device that has a useful specific purpose and function. Gadgets tend to be more unusual or cleverly designed than normal technology.” Examples: MP3 players, remote control devices of any sort, cordless mouse, Swiss army knife • Consumer electronics
  • 3. What Do I Mean By “Gadgets” ?? A gadget is a small technological object (such as a device or an appliance) that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty (The quality of being new, original, or unusual) . Gadgets are invariably considered to be more unusually or cleverly designed than normal technology at the time of their invention. Gadgets are sometimes also referred to as gizmos(a gadget, especially one whose name the speaker does not know or cannot recall). A gizmo has moving parts but a gadget need not have them.
  • 4. History • The history of invention of gadgets is almost as old as humanity itself. But, the introduction of the word is relatively new. The etymology of the word gadget is disputed. Some say that the word gadget was "invented" when Gaget, Gauthier & Cie, the company behind the casting of the Statue of Liberty, made a small-scale version of the monument and named it after their firm.
  • 5. Difference between Gadgets and Gizmos • Gadgets : : Electronic device used to fulfill a need or a perceived need • Gizmos : : Non - Electronic device used to fulfill a need or a perceived need or rather a device with moving parts • For example, a nifty digital watch would be a gadget, while an analog watch would be a gizmo.
  • 6. Underlying Technology • Information Processing – hardware and software • Storage – capacity and speed • Communications – bandwidth and ubiquitous accessibility
  • 7. Hardware and Software • Hardware – Processor Power • Quad Core • 64 – bit CPU’s – Processing Speed • Software – Software Power • Java, .NET – Service Oriented Architecture – Applications Oriented Architecture
  • 8. Memory • Memory – Size – the 4 Gbyte PC – Speed • Portability – Hand held mobility – USB Stick – the 4 GB stick – iPod
  • 9. COMPARISON B/W PAST AND PRESENT GADGETS • Sizes • Technology • Memory • Features • Usage
  • 10. Devices of daily use • Television • Cell Phones • Computers
  • 11. Television • New technology • Fast response time • Great contrast ratio • Superb features
  • 12. Cell Phones of past
  • 13. Cell phones of present
  • 14. Cell phones of future
  • 15. Cell phones • Touch Screen • 3G technology • Window Based • Multi usage
  • 16. Computers • Used in day to day life • Fast • Easy to operate • Multitasking • Internet facility
  • 17. MacBook Air • Extremely thin; 0.16 to 0.76 thick • 1.6 GHz Intel Core Duo processor • Multi-touch trackpad • Smart LED screen for longer battery life; now mercury and arsenic free • Includes 802.11n wireless • No DVD or CD player • Only 80 GB hard drive • Supports up to 64 GB solid state drive (very expensive)
  • 18. Glass Keyboard • Future of keyboard • Laser touch • Waterproof • No-Key concept • Light source, a camera and an etched sheet of glass, showing the key positions • Type, the cam sees your contact with the glass and sends appropriate commands to your PC • Price: ?
  • 19. Working of laser virtual keyboard
  • 20. Winter 2008 Carleton University - The Evolution of the Web 21 • Access control (lock-unlock) • HVAC monitoring (cooling, heating) • Alarms • Metering • Energy management Building Automation - GTC
  • 21. In-Wall Touch screen
  • 22. Wireless devices • Wireless mice & keyboards • Logitech cordless presenter – Value for library instruction
  • 23. FUTURE GADGETS
  • 24. FUTURE GADGETS • Greater applicability • Advanced • Energy efficient • Fuel efficient
  • 25. Macromedia E-Paper • Electronic paper • Snapshot-sized display music, images, movies • Nanotechnology • Wafer-thin • Battery is a replaceable Power Sticker • Sound adjustment • Data transfers take over a built- in high-speed wireless connection • Coming 2015 from Lunar Design • Price: $35 per pack of 10
  • 26. Microsoft D-Sharp • Wrap around monitor • 11” tall x 44” wide • Curved in a gentle arc to avoid distortion • Immersive • Early tests show 9% - 50% productivity increases • Women improved 2x over small displays • 30% less mouse movement
  • 27. Laptop with Detachable Screen • Toshiba • Wireless protocol • Display: 0.7 inches thick (0.4) • Weight: 1.2 lbs (10-14 ozs.) • Battery life -1 hour (3-4 hours) • Timeline – ~ 2 years
  • 28. Cell Phone Jammers • Jam phones surrounding you • Illegal in U.S. • Up to 50 feet • Works on worldwide networks • Expensive • Illegal in U.S. • Buy Indoor/Outdoor modules • Price: SH066 $260; CX- 200 $71 • Available UK, Japan SH066P CX-200
  • 29. Batman Utility Belt or ManBag? • Gadgets to carry are on the rise! Blackberry, cell phone, iPod… • 32%* get everything into their pocket • 4%* prefer the utility belt approach • 66%* required to carry mobile device for work • 73%* believe greater use of mobile devices has improved their work-life balance • 12%* want converged devices • 75%** carry at least 3 gadgets • 8%** carry 5 or more! Sources: *Damovo; ** Silicon.com
  • 30. Origami DVD Player • Manufactured with new e- paper, a full color, fully flexible display technology • Screen folds into it’s case • Includes integrated speakers • Development by Mag-Ink in Israel. • Idea Awards Bronze Winner in 2005 for Design Explorations
  • 31. Pocket scanners (Reading pen) • Scan, store and send – Reads notes aloud. – Beams to Smart phones, as well as to PDAs and PCs. – Includes English dictionary definitions. – USB connection to PC • Get Immediate Translations and Definitions • Reading Aids – portable devices for dyslexic users Wizcom Technologies DocupenRC800
  • 32. Working of scanner
  • 33. Digital Pen (Drawing pen) Logitech io2 Digital Writing System Take notes or draw sketches in ink on the smart paper and a “tiny camera” captures your work, storing up to 40 pages at a time. Intelligent power management maximizes every battery charge. Capture the familiar feel of how you have created in the past and moves it to digital.
  • 34. USB Wedding Bands • USB integrates into your (life)style • More than just data coupling! • USB bracelets already available
  • 35. Geographic Search via Phone • Information from the internet about whatever you are pointing the phone at. (Hotel, Restaurant, Monument) • Special Cell phone • GPS satellite technology • Combination compass, GPS & binoculars – point at navigational landmark and identify it • Currently, descriptive info and advertisements for 700,000 locations in Japan • Location based tourism info, advertising, yellow pages, functions for locating friends
  • 36. Blu-Ray v. HD-DVD • Potential format battle • HD DVD: supported by Toshiba, Intel, and Microsoft  add-on HD DVD player for Xbox 360 console this fall • Blu-ray: supported by Samsung, Pioneer, and Sony  Blu-ray drive for PlayStation 3 game system, avail this fall
  • 37. BenQ Trio Writer BW1000 • Blu-Ray writer for PC • 3 laser formats to accommodate CD, DVD, Blu-Ray • 25 GB on single layer 50 GB on dual layer • 2 hours of HD content 13 hours of standard definition • Equivalent of 5 DVDs on one disk • Solid Burn, Write Right • 2x – BD-R/-RE 1x- Dual layer 12x – DVD+R/-R 32x – CD-R • Price: $1,025 Aug 2006
  • 38. Future Phone/PDA/MP3 Device • 60 GB MP3 player – Sync w/ iTunes and Windows Media Player – User-editable MP3 ringtones – Supports WMA, AAC & five other file formats • Wireless Internet (without minutes) • 3.2 Megapixel camera • OS Options: Windows, Palm, Opera • Availability: Maybe never??
  • 39. EyeMove PC • All-in-one Oval shaped PC with built-in HD Projector • Wireless Touch screen Multi-Controller – Keyboard/mouse – Gaming – Multimedia • PC, Games, Movies, Multimedia anywhere
  • 40. Global Phone • Vanu – • Software Defined Radio technology • One handset that operates on any cellular network anywhere • Time line - ~ 5 years
  • 41. • Emergency cellphone charger • Runs on 1 AA battery • Reusable • Works with most phones • Up 2 hours talk-time • Price: <$20 Turbocell Charger http://turbocellcharge.com/
  • 42.  Solar-powered emergency charger  Charges phones, mp3 players, cameras, etc.  8 hours for full charge  Holds charge for 1 year  Closed: 5” x 2.5” x 1.5”  Price: $200 Solio Universal Charger
  • 43. Belkin Wireless USB Hub • Wireless connectivity for up to 4 USB peripherals • PC isn’t tethered to printer camera dock, etc. • Price: $130 • Release date: July 2006
  • 44. Transparent Toaster • Greatest thing since sliced bread? • Uses special heating glass to warm a single slice of bread • Monitor your toast so it doesn’t get over done. • Currently doesn’t get hot enough to toast bread • In development
  • 45. TRIVIA What year did Apple introduce the first iPod? 2001
  • 46. Voice Recognition TV • Allows consumers to search & receive information about broadcast & on-demand programs, shows, music & games • Personalization module retains individual caller data & preferences • Allows caller to purchase CDs, videos, & DVDs with single call • Access for the visually impaired • Convenient "anytime-anywhere" voice access through automated speech recognition • Natural language user interface
  • 47. I.C. Can Self Refrigerating Beer Can • Manufactured by Tempra Technologies and Crown Holdings • Reduces contents temperature by a minimum of 30 degrees F. in 3 minutes • 100% natural and environmentally safe • All natural desiccant contained in a vacuum draws heat from the beverage through an evaporator into an insulated heat sink • Moving towards mass production
  • 48. World’s smallest LED projector • Sony • 3 transmissive LCDs and 1 prism • Distance between LEDs and display devices reduced • Brightness reaches 50 lm • Timeline - ?
  • 49. Availabot • USB figure that stands up when an IM friend comes online • Still in design phase • No release date or price set
  • 50. Nokia Open Cell Phone • Sci-fi fans: Japanese folding fan • Uses an as-yet-nonexistent flexible LCD color touch screen • Scrollable screen • Designed by Hugo Danti • Won first place in the Nokia 4G Design Competition • Possibility: Invention of E-Ink
  • 51. E-Rope Modular Powerstrip • Modular, expandable power strip • Each socket can be rotated 180 degrees • When devices are not in use, twist socket 90 degrees to disconnect flow of electricity • Availability: unknown
  • 52. Full-Featured Camera • Includes buttons for: beer, gin, jobs, money • “Pee break” LED sensor • “Call Spock” signaler
  • 53. Voice-Trek G-10 recorder • Olympus • USB jack • Memory – 256MB • 69 hours audio recording • Records to Windows media audio format (WMA) • Playback – WMA and MP3 files
  • 54. GPP2 • Mobile phone • Portable mini projector • 15” projection • External power source to boost brightness
  • 55. Philips S900 • MP3 Player • 2 Megapixel camera • Touch Screen! • 10 MB of onboard memory • Handy handwritten text input feature • USB, Infrared & Bluetooth • Pricing and availability: TBA
  • 56. NETGEAR Skype WiFi Phone • Phone for use with Skype Internet-basaed phone service • Make calls using any WiFi connection • Pre-order on Amazon • Availability: (maybe) July ’06 • Price: $300
  • 57. Mio 269 GPS Navigator  No installation or monthly fees is required  Sleek, smooth, flat body and fully integrated GPS  Large color screen with a 2.5GB hard drive  POIs  Includes Microsoft Windows OS  Touchscreen & buttons  500MB MP3 player (8 hours)  For the car, walking, cycling or motorbiking  4.5 hours on battery  Now available: $460
  • 58.  Really loud alarm  Propeller launches & flies around the room  Must return propeller to base to turn off alarm  Princess International  Price: $15 Flying Alarm Clock h
  • 59. MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies • Founded in March 2002 by a $50 million contract from the U.S. Army • Mission is to use nanotechnology for: – sleek, lightweight battlesuits – leap tall buildings with bionics – find wounds and seal them on the spot – helmet will have radio & night vision gear, GPS, target illuminator, tactical dropdown eyewear, and will convey data, video and audio feeds for “a 3D picture of the battlefield”
  • 60. Wearable computing MIT Labs “With heads-up displays, unobtrusive input devices, personal wireless areas networks (LANS), and a host of other context sensing and communication tools, the wearable computer can act as an intelligent assistant, whether it be through a Remembrance Agent, augmented reality, or intellectual collectives.” Early example: Tunewear jacket with iPod controls stitched to the sleeve.
  • 61. Wearable computing today Movie Glasses • In Skymall magazine – Icuity Video Eyewear (optional DVD player) MP3 sunglasses • Thump by Oakley.com Voted one of the top worst new technologies for 2005!
  • 62. Head-worn display Icuity M920 – small and lightweight
  • 63. 100 Megapixel Chip (Camera?) • DALSA Semiconductor made a 100 megapixel chip • Measures 4”x4” • NASA's JPL chose DALSA for image sensors on Mars Rovers • Also noted: Hasselblad already has a 39 megapixel camera
  • 64.  Prints 2” x 3” prints with sticker backing  Works via USB or Bluetooth  Inkless printing embeds color into paper  Size: 4.7” x 2.8” x 0.9”  Polaroid  Price: $150 + $10/30 sheets of paper PoGo Pocket Printer
  • 65. IMPACT OF GLOBALISATION ON GADGETS • Technology • Custom Duties • World Become Shortened
  • 66. ROLE OF GADGETS IN TODAY’S LIFE • Easy Life • More Accuracy • Fast • Reliable
  • 67. MERITS AND DEMERITS Merits Easy Convenient Comfortable Reduces time and Energy Efficient And Effective
  • 68. Merits And Demerits Demerits Reduces Physical Work Prone To Many Diseases Lethargic Diverts Attention And Interest Dependent Electromagnetic Waves
  • 69. How to Decide on a gadget for your need ?? • Need • Will It meet that need • Is the cost Balanced By Yourself • Will Your crews use it • Is the device too limited in what it can do • Is it durable enough