He invented the
precursor of the
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1. Hedi Lamarr
4. DoCoMoDake – the mascot of NTT
5. Telex Machine
6. Elisha Grey
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It was at the forefront of internet
technology for nearly three
decades, but has now lost some of
One of the original garage start-
ups the company was founded in
Illinois in 1976 and named after
the quot;greatest company in the
known galaxyquot; in an Isaac Asimov
science fiction novel.
Name the company.
Jonathan Ive, Head of Industrial
Design at Apple
One day in mid 2001, King Abdullah
was beside himself with what he had
witnessed. He called folks at Image
Sensing Systems, a Minnesota based
company. They had a working
prototype in two weeks.
One high-profile owner of an early
model, was actor Christopher Reeve
of quot;Supermanquot; fame.
King Abdullah was pissed by
mobiles ringing at the mosque
during prayers and he got ISS to
design the first mobile signal
The animal lent its name to a manor, which
was part of an important 13th century
trading centre. The locality later took the
name of the manor. Its modern saga began
with an enterprise that started in the late
Nokia takes its name from a
marten, an animal of the weasel
Snippet of Delphi source code for
function item_is_food : Boolean;
var jf : Longint; // if location is near where
begin // _____ starts then jump
Result := False; // out and continue search
if in_excluded_area( 4, 0 ) then // for another location
if game_grid[ gjy, gjx ] >= nada then begin
if nrg_food_count > 0 then begin
case nrg_food_count mod 3 of
0: jf := nrg1;
1: jf := nrg2; // add 3 types of energy food
else jf := nrg3;
dec( nrg_food_count );
jf := food; // add regular food
game_grid[ gjy, gjx ] := jf;
inc( food_count );
Result := True;
end; // end --> item_is_food
In 1000 A.D. this intrepid adventurer
planted a settlement in what is now
Newfoundland, and named it Vinland. So,
he discovered America long before
Columbus, although it did not lead to a
permanent European presence.
Nearly 876 years later a fellow
countryman bearing the same name
opened a repair shop for telegraph
equipment, envisioned the great potential
of phones, and also saw the need to
improve the technical quality. What did
this lead to?
Lief Ericsson discovered America
Lars Magnus Ericsson started the
Feb 1998 - Frank Nuovo sketches ideas
Oct 2000 - Use of sapphire crystals
Aug 2001 - Ruby bearings
Mar 2003 - Laser drilled keypad
Jun 2004 - Plasma ceramic pillow
Apr 2007 - Forged out of titanium
Timelines for what?
Dr Martin Cooper grew up in
Chicago and earned a degree in
electrical engineering at the Illinois
Institute of Technology, and served
in the navy on destroyers and a
On April 3, 1973, before going to a
press conference at the Manhattan
Hilton, what did Dr Cooper do
standing outside on the sidewalk,
that completely bewildered passers-
Dr Cooper, a GM at Motorola,
made the first cellular call to his
rival, Joel Engel, head of research
at Bell Labs.
Project Red, an initiative by Bono
to help AIDS patients in Africa;
Telecom partner was Motorola
which came out with red colored
The Radio Act of 1912 is a United States
federal law that required all seafaring vessels
to maintain 24-hour radio watch and keep in
contact with nearby ships and coastal radio
stations. Factors that led to this included an
ongoing conflict between amateur radio
operators and the U.S. Navy and private
corporations, that included the amateurs
forging naval messages and issuing fake
What was the main impetus for this act?
• In 2001, Nokia researchers determined that there were
various scenarios that contemporary wireless technologies did
not address. To address the problem, Nokia Research Center
started the development of a wireless technology adapted
from the ______ standard which would provide lower power
usage and price while minimizing difference between _____
and the new technology. The technology was released to
public in October 2006 with brand name Wibree.
Which technology does Wibree complement?
This company traces its roots to 1930 when Dr. J.
Clarence Karcher and Eugene McDermott founded
Geophysical Service Inc, a provider of seismic
exploration services to the petroleum industry.
In 1939 the company reorganized as Coronado Corp.,
an oil company with GSI, now as a subsidiary.
On December 6, 1941, McDermott along with three
other GSI employees purchased GSI. During World War
II, GSI built electronics for the U.S. Army Signal Corps
and the U.S. Navy.
After the war GSI continued to produce electronics. In
1951 the company changed its name to the current
one; GSI becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the
new company. They sold GSI to Halliburton in 1988
after which GSI ceased to exist.
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“Beam me up, Scotty”… the Star
During the the middle of the 1990's the
competition between Nokia and Ericsson
resulted in Narrow Band Sockets (NBS),
Tagged Text Markup Language (TTML),
Intelligent Terminal Transfer Protocol
(ITTP). Unwired Planet in turn came up
What industry standard did these lead to?
In 1832 in his book Economy of Machinery and
Manufactures he proposed a quot;simple contrivance
of tin tubes for speaking throughquot;. According to
his calculations it would take 17 minutes for
words spoken in London to reach Liverpool. He
also envisaged messages quot;enclosed in small
cylindersquot;, to be sent along wires suspended
from high pillars and church steeples.
In 1834 he invented something that will have
more far ranging impact – the parts of which he
called the store, the mill, the control, the input
and the output.
An ad from a California newspaper in
1860: quot;Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry
fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert
riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans
The route was a 2000 mile trail from St.
Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento,
California, through the present day states
of Kansas, Nebraska, northeast corner of
Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and
What was this short-lived but famous
Surely there is no enchantment against
Jacob, neither is there any divination
against Israel: according to this time it
shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, ____
____ ___ _______!
-- Numbers 23: 23 (KJV)
Fill in the blanks. What significance does
this have in today’s quiz?
What hath God Wrought
On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse
dispatched the first telegraphic message
over an experimental line from Washington,
D.C., to Baltimore. The message, taken
from the Bible, Numbers 23:23 and recorded
on a paper tape, had been suggested to
Morse by Annie Ellsworth, the young
daughter of a friend.
Best known for developing the disc record
gramophone; Who is he and what
telephone innovation did he bring about?
Erwin Berliner – he invented the
telephone transmitter, one of the
first type of microphones.
He has a spare multimillion-dollar home
he previously maintained for parties,
ironically called “Blackberry Hill” and he
has recently moved into the alternate
home because his Silicon Valley mansion
sits in a GSM black spot.
Who is this gentleman?
The “talarius” – a symbol of swiftness,
and the “petasus” – a symbol of
inspiration were first used by Goodyear,
and later by a couple of other wireless
technology companies as part of their
With which mythological character would
we associate these?
Investigations by the IEE group show that both X and
Marconi were in London in 1896-97. The Italian was
conducting wireless experiments for the British post
office and X was on a lecture tour. Marconi, was then
under attack from established British scientists who
doubted his credentials. X was not interested in
commercial telegraphy and said that others could use
his research work.
The first transatlantic wireless signal in Marconi's world
famous experiment was received by using the iron-
mercury-iron coherer with a telephone detector
invented by X in 1898.
ID X – an Indian who we all now know for his other
more famous innovations.
It is the science of measuring a quantity,
then transmitting the measured
quantity/value to a distant station where
these data transmitted by means of radio
waves are intercepted recorded and/or
analyzed for utility. Name it.
X fall in the range of 3 to 30 MHz and are
reflected from the ionosphere just as
light rays are reflected from the surface of
a mirror. Communication specialists use
this layer like the edge of a billiard table:
if the ball does not go straight into the
pocket, it can be directed on the rebound.
Y ranges from 300 kHz to 3000 kHz.
There is very little daytime reflection of Y
from the ionosphere resulting in a
coverage of about 100 kms only.
ID X and Y.
6 questions on infinite bounce
10 points for each correct answer
All answers connect to a theme
Points for theme:
+30/-10 +25/-10 +20/-10
+15/-5 +10/-5 +5/-5
For the theme write down your answer
In Euro 2008 they were drawn in +30 / -10
the “Group of Death” with
Netherlands, Italy, and France.
They drew with France 0-0, drew
with Italy 1-1 and were beaten 2-0
Connect. +15 / -5
1968 London, England - Matt Busby
1979 Munich, Germany - Brian Clough
1988 Stuttgart, Germany - Guus Hiddink
1990 Vienna, Austria - Arrigo Sacchi
2004 Gelsenkirchen, Germany - José
Winning managers, UEFA Champions
When he was nine he contracted +10 / -5
Perthe's disease which affects the
hip. He spent three years in a
home for crippled children, his legs
in plaster casts, lying in traction,
immobile for months on end.
It was an amazing transformation
that saw him enter racing when he
was older. In 1959 aged 22, driving
alongside the legendary Jack
Brabham, he became the youngest
(then) winner of a Grand Prix.
This is available in the following +5 / -5
forms - right single, left single,
single baseline, single high
reversed, double left and double
The French and Germans have
their own version called
Guillemets, that they also call
Vodafone sponsors the
Romanian football team, the
UEFA Champions League,
the England Cricket team
and McLaren F1 among
Vodafone is the second
operator to launch a Google
Android enabled phone
Vodafone’s logo, the
“speechmark”, is a
quotation inside a circle