Good evening….. Thanks for the introduction _____(Don)….. Tom Roslak…. Symbol Technologies Senior Director Consumer Systems Symbol’s Long Island based Over $1 Billion Bar code scanning Mobile computing Wireless networks. 25 years old Operates worldwide. Yogesh gave us an interesting speech …. Look at current and past to get a feel for the future….
Familiar sight Cashier scanning items with a simple hand held Easy way to get accurate information Without keying Simple enough, right….. Lets look at this from 20 years ago….
Now that’s a hand held device….. State of the art for 1980. Bigger than cell phone Bigger than a dust buster Packed with electronics…. People thought Jerry Swartz, was Buck Rodgers guy or to update that image…. some kind of Mr. Spock Many thought it would never fly…. It did….
So what’s this thing??? A shock absorber Actually a Helium Neon laser tube….. Used in first scanners Scientist puzzling over how to make this laser work Maybe it could fit into a baseball bat or something…… Not going to be easy
Look at this drawing. This was radical for the time…… Putting a laser tube in a hand held gun shape.
So that’s 20 years ago….. Silicon and electro-mechanical mechanism miniaturization Small enough to fit in a pen…. This changes the way we think about electronics and how to use it….. Portability, Low power Advanced computing capability
So what has happened over the past 20 years…….. Going from gas laser tubes to laser diodes…. From something that weighed in pounds to ounces….. Order of magnitude Performance improvements
What’s happening in computing …. Going from highly scientific instruments To common programmable cell phones….. Network computing allows people to: collectively participate calculating results for astronomy distributed computing - leverages network resources Now fusion of data, voice, and video using common TCP/IP connectivity….. What’s next?? Organic computing models? CA working on intelligent processing mimics the way we think Not just respond to preprogrammed scenarios.
Mr. Gates doing with that little thing?? BIG appliances, basically notebook technologies disguised as appliances….. Symbol data fusion devices include phones mixing voice and data shopping appliances little organizers like the palm with scanning and wireless connectivity….. Microsoft and Sun grappling moving from desktop to mobile appliances Change needs for adaptive operating systems Communications, input devices, voice etc.
Shopping terminals used by children and seniors like a scanner….or a gun ?? Pen devices Even write with ink…. Scan URL from book review; link to Amazon & order no fiddling around search engines or complicated site maps Wearable devices dick tracy watch….or star trek clothing insignia
Look at miniaturization, communications and processing capability do for the consumer Fast Frog….. That’s why its green…. Scans product codes, kept in memory Uploads to a computer…. Why the frog business…. Generic from a technology point of view Simon Group owns malls throughout the United States …. Teenagers have a high demand for products Most things are bought by the parents and grandparents Do you know the difference between Nike and Vans What does your kid or niece
How does it work? Students register for their own personal web site At the “fast frog” pond….. Exchange student ID for a device Run through the mall scanning things they like….. The latest Marilyn Manson CD….. Not really Actually latest re-release of the Doors Kid needs a new sweater The striped ones in Banana Republic Or a tech vest from Old Navy You know the size and color Scan to their hearts content… upload to the website and voila…… your own personal gift list…. You can even buy it online by clicking on it… supports the mall as the shopping place and returns are a snap since it is local….
That’s a lot of food for thought…. Computing technologies are increasing every year costs continue to come down….software is becoming more visualized and less structured….. Neural computing is becoming a reality….. Where does it go from here…… appliances, seamless computing and everyday usage by non specialized people… Microwave at home that has a “sensor reheat”. All I do is put anything in there and hit this button….somehow the microwave starts to cook the thing….senses vapor or something and on the fly decides what the cooking time is….I couldn’t believe it, it actually works….. So what do you see in the future? We will all decide through our desires and needs.
Long Island Adult Learning Conference - 2001
Education and Technology Tom Roslak Symbol Technologies, Inc.Long Island Adult Learning Conference March 31, 2001
What is Technology ? Manifestation of Man’s thoughts and dreams Machines, Methods and Mental Leverage
A Few Ideas……. As a tourist: “The Thinker” in a beautiful garden One of the most famous bronzes in the world A Rodin masterpiece As a technologist A complex metallurgical system Oxidation, structure, mechanical engineering Process oriented manufacture of an object
Let’s take a small journey A quick trip on a train In Japan
Just Need a Schedule From Shinjuku to Ginza Maybe I can count stops I wonder what it all means
Inside Track This schedule is just for the "outer" trains, i.e. Those running in a clockwise direction, and it lists only twenty of the twenty-eight stations. (Why the timetable seems to list twenty-one is left as an exercise for the reader.)
What to Do? Get help…..do you speak English? Point at map…. Point at stops…..and …. Can I recognize any of the train station characters?
Now I Understand…. What I don’t understand !! Character recognition is very difficult Similar languages and character sets are easier Not directly related to intelligence Processing is different A translation process
Technology Possibilities Use a handheld device Get directions Time tables Scan a bar code – Identifies location General information
Use Visual Identification Looking at a picture What does the station look like How could this work? Using radio signals Using external data Create a user friendly interface
A Map That Knows Its Place Uses GPS and graphics Can locate and direct you Why not look for a picture?
A Picture Is Worth….. Touch map location See picture Rotate picture for orientation That is a GUI – graphical user interface
How Did It Work Out? A little help from a friend
Education and Technology The promise of partnership Technology as a tool Allows individual pace, repetition, exercise Can store past events Can be used to promote technical thought process Great for visual learning High quality content development required
Scanning Progression Smaller, lighter and faster
The PC-Plus Era “The PC is evolving from a universally Wireless Mobile adaptable, ‘one-size-fits-all’ system into Computing a wide range of targeted appliances designed to solve specific user applications.” PC Network --Gordon Moore, Intel Computing Mini- Computer Pre- Mainframe Mainframe Hundreds of Hundreds ofNumber of One Thousands Thousands Millions BillionsMachines C, C++ TCP/IPSoftware Distributed COBOL Routing C++Factors Processing TCP/IP Java Year 1940’s 1950’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000