Cell Phone Technology Turns Twenty Years Old

Way back when only the coolest, richest people had cell phones, they were large monstrosities that had to be carried around like a shoulder bag or mounted inside cars with that little telltale antennae that stuck out the back window, giving thieves another good reason to break into that Mercedes parked on the city street. These days, even our grandparents carry cell phones, and we even chuckle a little when we see those octogenarians pulling out their dated Kyoceras with the monotone screens to execute the most basic functions with a puzzled look on their faces. It just goes to show how far a couple of decades can take you.

That’s right, twenty years ago this month cell phone technology went public and changed the way the world communicates. Before camera phones, downloadable ringtones, and instant messaging, cell phones were clunky, unreliable, and extremely expensive. Even still, cell phones quickly became an enviable status symbol that began an agreement between fifteen companies who took a risk to revolutionize the world’s need to keep in touch.

There are an estimated two hundred million cell phones in the United States alone. According to Lunchover IP (www.lunchoverip.com), it took 12 years for the …

Relationships and Technology: Is Your Cell Phone Ruining Your Relationship?

These days it seems like everyone is glued to their screen – checking email, texting, browsing the web, and catching up on social media. And although it’s super convenient to have the ability to stay in touch with work, friends, and family on the go, the truth is relationships and technology don’t always mix. In fact, if you aren’t careful, your cell phone and computer could ruin your relationship before you even realize it’s happening.

For example, let’s say you’re working on the computer when your spouse comes into the room to ask where his shoes are. If you answer his inquiry without looking up from the screen, you’re sending him a subconscious message that in that moment your screen is more important to you than he is. This contributes to a subtle breakdown in your relationship, and over time this tiny fracture can cause a giant rift between the two of you.

If you’re guilty of talking to your spouse without looking up from your screen, stop immediately. Even if you’re busy, take a second to look at him, make eye contact, and answer his question. If your partner constantly chooses his screen over you, tell him how …

Building Technology that Changes Living

A home that runs on light absorbed in the structure? One idea for home living that is possible with fabricated materials. Now that inventive builders and researchers have developed new materials for architectural building, a person can settle into a home that controls the atmosphere for living.

Building Homes Made from Man-Made Materials

Instead of relying on the wood and stone found in nature, the 21st century builder depends upon materials made by man using modern science and technology. Model homes displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York during the first decade of this century showed the public the leaps in home design that have become possible. One model called the Cellophane House has sides that let light shine through. Solar panels and photovoltaics in the facade capture the sun’s energy to use for running the house; a second skin blocks damaging rays.

The glass material is only one new man-made material. Researchers at MIT’s Building Technology Program and Old Dominion University’s Applied Research Center stay hard at work developing the materials for future construction. Students involved in the MIT program learn how to design building architecture using the new materials. Old Dominion students learn current …

Translation Technology Donated by IBM to Help Troops in Iraq

Regardless of your personal opinion in reference to the war in Iraq, you will probably agree that any help is valuable that can save the lives of the troops and staff that are involved in the brutal conflict. So many folks are stepping up to do what they can to help assist the U.S. Troops and other people located in the war-torn area. Even big businesses are doing their part. IBM has recently decided to donate 1,000 automatic translating devices for use in Iraq. The company has also graciously offered 10,000 copies of speech-translating software for use by the troops and staff in the Middle East.

Many people are unaware of the great need for translators in Iraq. Soldiers, staff, and family members are concerned about the lack of understanding between Arabic speakers and English speaking people. Human translators are playing an integral part right now in the middle East. Currently, there are not enough human translators available to meet the needs of the people. The translating devices and software are expected to assist human translators. With this technology available, a better understanding can be reached between individuals speaking in different languages.

The automatic translating devices are capable of recognizing …

Computer Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In 1829 by adapting a secret code used by the military to communicate in the dark, Louis Braille brought the power and wonder of the written word to those who could not see. And while Braille remains a primary method of access to many types of information for the blind, today’s growing reliance on electronic communication, is creating new challenges for the visually impaired. John Vaughn, blind himself and a Rehabilitation Counselor, talks about the challenges he faced. “Braille was developed in the 1830’s in France, and was the primary means of reading and writing for blind people until recent years. Fortunately for me and others who were losing their eyesight in the late 1980’s that’s when we started to see the first real screen reading technology in the computer arena, unfortunately this was more custom made kinds of systems, there wasn’t a lot of standards that were being followed so sometimes your screen reader would work and sometimes it wouldn’t”

Instrumental in changing this and unlocking computers and the world of the Internet to the blind and visually impaired was a gentleman named Ted Henter. A computer engineer and motorcycle racer, Ted was blinded in an auto accident. …

Apple “iWatch”- Why I Am Watching This New Technology

Apple has a tendency to keep its newest and most innovative products a secret. However, it has applied to trademark the “iWatch” name in several countries (Taiwan, Russia, Mexico and Japan) as it prepares for to release the next generation of technology. The iWatch is rumored to be the next generation of technology that is worn rather than carried around like an iPhone. The iWatch will bring us one step closer to being wired into the internet and in constant contact. We already have technology like Google glass which is a wearable technology eyewear that can do everything from take a video to translate a foreign language. The iWatch will surely rival Google glass and other competitors.

The iWatch is likely to be a phone, music station, camera and internet accessible in the same way the iPhone will be. The bigger question is what new features it will have that make it more attractive than the pricey iPhone. It may attract a different type of consumer that wants mobile technology that is easy to transport. It also will make communication easier as you will never be concerned about searching for your phone.

I have to say that I”m really …

Scan as You Go Technology Allows for Easy, Convenient Shopping Experience

It started with the express lane. Then, the self-checkout lane. Now, some grocery shoppers can scan as they shop.

A June 17 Associated Press article revealed that some grocers around the country have implemented a new technology, which allows shoppers to utilize a hand-held scanner while shopping. What this scanner allows shoppers to do is keep track of the final bill, as well as have a total ready, allowing for a speedy checkout at the front of the store. As an added bonus, shoppers are also able to bag the groceries as they shop. So, in the end, customers will spend more time browsing the aisles than waiting in long checkout lines.

When customers arrive at the checkout, they scan a barcode that is generated by the personal scanner. This allows the total to be placed in ‘register.’ Customers then simply use any coupons and frequent shopper’s club cards and then pay. To ensure customers are paying for everything, people are randomly selected for audits.

For items without barcodes, such as produce or bulk candy, customers can utilize scales with printers. After the item is weighed, an adhesive price tag with a scannable bar code prints out. Customers just stick …

New Technology Changing the Face of Cell Site Tower Leases

Over the course of the last 25 years, the cellular industry has experienced tremendous growth. Cell phones have graduated from an ultra-expensive communication device to an inexpensive commodity. The cellular network – the foundation that all cell phones depend upon for service – has rapidly expanded as well. Cellular networks have spent much of the past 25 years leasing property, building “cell towers,” and establishing “cell sites” as quickly as possible in order to meet demand. Today, changing cellular technologies are causing cellular networks to re-organize their cell sites and towers (and their leases).

When cellular phone technology first began to gain popularity, the rush was on to build a cellular network as quickly as possible. Most of this expansion occurred during the first and second generations of cellular technology during the late 1980s and 1990s. During these days, cell towers and cell sites were often chosen based on location. Certain properties and buildings offered “ideal” coverage, and cellular networks often paid exorbitant lease rates for these “ideal” spots because the cellular technology of the time was simply too limited to work anywhere else.

But as the expression goes “times, they are a changin’.”

Today’s third …

People Reducing Technology Use to Spend More In-Person Time with Friends and Family

CHINET is leading manufacturer of premium disposable tableware and recently conducted a survey concerning people connecting more with their friends and family without technology.

The results of the survey indicate that many people want to be with others more in the physical world rather than in the virtual world. Over 60 percent of people who participated in the survey intend to decrease their use of technology and virtual social interaction for more in-person experiences with their friends and family.

Over 90 percent of survey participants said they currently use the online world to communicate in ways that are traditionally done in person such as asking someone out on a date, getting advice and even playing some kind of board game.

The survey results showed that the average number of people an individual knows online is around 275. Out of this number, people usually only had seen only 11 percent of them in person during the past few months. It also showed that 60 percent of time people spend interacting with family and friends is done with technology or through social media. On an average week most people spend approximately 23 hours communicating with people using some form of technology or …

I Have a New Technology Invention on Electronic Picture Frames

I have so much worried about those my family pictures littered around the walls of the parlor and my personal room. These are both old memoirs in picture form and the new ones as mum and dad would never like their best old pictures to be removed or even altered. If these pictures are continuously being pasted on our room walls then soon it becomes worse than the picture gallery museum.

I have come up with this idea similar to that of a projector screen. Formally I did my construction with a 12 by 12 inches carton with half inch thickness. Sample pictures of 11 by 11 inches (numbering 50) were cut against the actual 12 inches carton box. These pictures were joined together at their ends with stick of gum cutting off half inch at the ends of the pictures. This was designed to loop continuously (i.e. playing from picture 1 to 50 and back again to picture 1) with the aid of two broom sticks of 13 inches robed heavily with the paper stickers and projecting outside the box from the sides (having half inch offset each for the up and the bottom handle for scrolling of the …