Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Augmented reality – the idea of enhancing our view of the world around us with digitized text or objects – has moved out of research labs. Below are five of our favorite videos demonstrating a few of the myriad ways AR has jumped onto smart phones and computer screens to entertain and inform ordinary consumers.
1) The US Postal Service helps customers find the right-size shipping box.
2) BMW's experimental tool walks auto mechanics through repairs.
3) Esquire magazine’s special issue has several AR features.
4) Acrossair.com offers a Subway Finder for the iPhone.
5) Topps 3D baseball cards “come alive” with AR.
6) Tags activate 3D action figures from the movie “Avatar.”
Monday, December 14, 2009
Mobile phone firm TeliaSonera has completed work on two 4G networks in Oslo and Stockholm.
The company said that the first customers will be able to start using the networks in early 2010.
Despite the launch of the network, no handsets can yet use 4G. Initially customers will connect via a dongle and a laptop.
Fourth-generation, 4G, networks are based around the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and downlink data speeds can hit 100 megabits per second - about ten times quicker than the fastest 3G networks.
The technology has been designed to overlay existing 3G networks and most operators have committed to upgrading to the faster system.
TeliaSonera said it was recruiting customers to pilot the network during the first quarter of 2010.
It has released no information about the cost of connecting to the high-speed network. The dongles for connecting to the LTE network are made by Samsung.
Phone equipment maker Ericsson has put together the network in Stockholm, Sweden and Chinese firm Huawei is behind the one in Oslo, Norway. Both networks cover the central regions of both cities.
TeliaSonera said it expected the boost in speed to drive many novel applications including gaming on the move and much greater viewing of video on laptops.
Handsets that can use LTE are expected in mid-late 2010.