Soon, AT&T's LaptopConnect mobile broadband subscribers will be able to gain access to its Wi-Fi Home package of U.S. hotspots for free, which means they will be able to surf without forking out an additional cent at approximately 17,000 domestic hotspots including 9,500 McDonald's restaurants and 7,000 Starbucks outlets. Of course, this privilege is extended only to those who fork out a $60 monthly fee with a 2-year commitment, shackled by a 5GB cap combined upstream and downstream data monthly.
Folks at Israel's Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies are currently working on the first unpiloted battlefield resupply and evacuation aircraft in the world known as MedUAV. It bears a design that harks back to 1960s science fiction, but the purported performance specifications are nothing to sneeze at. Landing-to-evacuation time could potentially be as short as 45 seconds, while the patient pod is adequately equipped with sensors and a communications system, enabling doctors to interact with the patient en route to the hospital. Initial test flights will happen within a couple years' time, and it will have a 4-person payload, hitting the skies at 10,000 feet with speeds of up to 150 knots.
LG Display and Universal Display recently teamed up to unveil a new prototype of a flexible AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display, bringing brighter colors complete with better saturation and gamut that will definitely put any current generation HDTV to shame. Another interesting aspect about this flexible 4" display is the inclusion of a one-sided electrical connection, providing it unpredecented flexibility. The military has already expressed interest in this prototype, since it can be used as a wrist-mounted PDA for soldiers on the ground. As for non-military applications, this could very well be the first step in digital newspapers, interactive office partitions, windows and even automotive instrument panels.
If you were a thief, would you actually break into a home where the people are still awake, or have already gone to bed? I'd definitely settle for the latter, and this is why the FakeTV could actually fool potential thieves from entering your home. This device, when plugged into a power outlet, will emulate a TV by throwing enough glare in the room to indicate that someone is still up even till the wee hours of the morning. Definitely not the greenest gadget available on the market, but if it helps give you some peace of mind by acting as a deterrent, make it so.
Hitachi has a brand new Blu-ray burner known as the DZ-WR90, and this one does away with the need for a computer as it is able to create instant Blu-ray home movies simply by plugging a camcorder into it. Just make sure you're using it with a high definition camcorder as it would be a waste cramming in standard definition video on such an expensive media. Thankfully, the DZ-WR90 also thinks of those who have yet to purchase a high definition camcorder, and hence the ability to record video on DVD-R discs as well. This drive ought to hit retail stores in Japan sometime in the middle of July at a yet undisclosed price. I guess it is imperative that you clean up the video first on a computer, unless you love watching raw, unedited scenes.
Strange to hear that the Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 are on talking terms, considering they're both from rival companies. Sounds almost like blasphemy, but it isn't impossible. Rare is currently toying with the idea of having the Xbox 360's optional camera capture images of the DS screen, where both gaming machines have the title Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise available. This enables DS gamers to transer and view their respective pinatas on the Xbox 360, bringing back memories of the good old days of Pokemon. This isn't a must-experience, er, experience, but the idea that it can be done is definitely something worth smiling about.
Kensington's sd200v notebook docking station has been given a new beta software that enables it to support a variety of MacBooks, extending the machine's capabilities by featuring an external VGA display connection, keyboard, mouse and up to five USB device connections over a solitary USB port. You can pick up the sd200v from Kensington for $140, and the updated beta driver can be downloaded from there as well. Guess Mac users aren't left out in the dark any longer, eh?
N-trig, the folks who brought DuoSense technology to the world, has just announced that this technology has been updated, featuring full multi-touch capabilities designed for large format displays. Capable of working on displays up to 22" in size, it is able to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous touch points, letting a whole bunch of people crowd around the display, each working on their own segment. I guess if this ever catches on, it will become the new water cooler spot for gossip purposes. Other advantages include :-
Mimoco has decided to up the storage capacity of their range of Mimobot USB flash drives, hitting a maximum of 8GB. This new capacity will be made available to every Mimobot design available, so collectors can start to weep as they have to think of ways to obtain enough cash in order to complete and update their collection. Just to get a better idea of how much media 8GB can store, it is able to hold nearly 20,000 photos, 2,000 songs and 2,500 minutes of video.
The good people at Art Lebedev are working on a new keyboard which carries the Optimus name, and this time it will be much smaller as shown above, with the codename Popularis. You won't find any OLED keys on this, as it will be used on an entirely different principle although they did not mention what we can expect. There are only two things we know - there will be 11 additional keys right above the F-keys, and it will cost below $1,000. With a price point capped at that limit, chances are this will be more than half a grand when available (circa 2015...I'm kidding, but judging by how long the Optimus keyboard took to come out...)