Gadgets & A Glimpse Of The Future Presented By: Hartej Singh Sunny Bajaj Yatin Walia Amit Kumar Thakur
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
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.
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.
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.
Underlying Technology Information Processing – hardware and software Storage – capacity and speed Communications – bandwidth and ubiquitous accessibility
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
Memory Memory –S–Size – the 4 Gbyte PC –S–Speed Portability – Hand held mobility –U–USB Stick – the 4 GB stick –i–iPod
COMPARISON B/W PAST AND PRESENT GADGETS Sizes Technology Memory Features Usage
Devices of daily use Television Cell Phones Computers
Television New technology Fast response time Great contrast ratio Superb features
Cell phones Touch Screen 3G technology Window Based Multi usage
Computers Used in day to day life Fast Easy to operate Multitasking Internet facility
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)
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: ?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
USB Wedding Bands USB integrates into your (life)style More than just data coupling! USB bracelets already available
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
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
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
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??
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
Global Phone Vanu – Software Defined Radio technology One handset that operates on any cellular network anywhere Time line - ~ 5 years
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/
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
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
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
TRIVIA What year did Apple introduce the first iPod? 2001
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
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
World’s smallest LED projector Sony 3 transmissive LCDs and 1 prism Distance between LEDs and display devices reduced Brightness reaches 50 lm Timeline - ?
Availabot USB figure that stands up when an IM friend comes online Still in design phase No release date or price set
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
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
Full-Featured Camera Includes buttons for: beer, gin, jobs, money “Pee break” LED sensor “Call Spock” signaler
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
GPP2 Mobile phone Portable mini projector 15” projection External power source to boost brightness
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
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
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
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
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”
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.
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!
Head-worn display Icuity M920 – small and lightweight
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
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
IMPACT OF GLOBALISATION ON GADGETS Technology Custom Duties World Become Shortened
ROLE OF GADGETS IN TODAY’S LIFE Easy Life More Accuracy Fast Reliable
MERITS AND DEMERITS Merits Easy Convenient Comfortable Reduces time and Energy Efficient And Effective
Merits And Demerits Demerits Reduces Physical Work Prone To Many Diseases Lethargic Diverts Attention And Interest Dependent Electromagnetic Waves
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