Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #77
September 25th, 2005

Here is my weekly selection of articles that were not mentioned here — except if I missed them.

Banker Gets ID Chip Implant
VeriChip ‘chips’ an investment bank CEO who wants authorities to have access to his living will in an emergency.
Before some 40 investors and entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Jon Merriman, chairman and CEO of investment firm Merriman Curhan Ford & Co., was injected with a rice-sized radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in his upper arm.
Source: Red Herring, September 19, 2005

Cash in on Your Social Network
It’s long been said that who you know is the single most important factor in landing a job. Nowadays, it could also land you a check. — which was founded last October and completed a beta test this summer — is one of several startups turning to online social networks as recruiting instruments. Other services, like Jobster, LinkedIn and Accolo, are employing tools such as e-mail hiring campaigns, software for tracking prospective employees, and systems to measure how connected an applicant is to an employer, in an effort to modernize recruiting.
Source: Joanna Glasner, Wired News, September 19, 2005

Hearing Multiple Signals
MIMO, the new wireless technology, promises faster and more powerful Wi-Fi.
MIMO stands for “multiple input, multiple output.” Wi-Fi routers based on the technology use a series of radios in conjunction with several “smart” antennas to send and receive signals simultaneously. Handling multiple signals makes possible much stronger, more reliable, and faster transmissions — in theory.
Source: Michael Fitzgerald, Technology Review, October 2005

IBM, Maersk to equip ship cargo with sensors
IBM and Maersk Logistics are taking the concept of radio frequency tags to the world’s ocean shipping lanes and ports.
The two companies on Tuesday detailed an initiative to equip large shipping containers with wireless tracking devices, which they call Tamper-Resistant Embedded Controllers, or TREC.
Source: Martin LaMonica, CNET, September 20, 2005

Mapping The Web’s Future
[Veteran technologist Steve] Benfield thinks online maps will increasingly become the interface for the Web. “In building its map application, Google made use of a new way of programming Web applications,” said Benfield. “It is known as AJAX. Also, Google created an API, allowing users to implement maps within their own applications. Almost overnight, this has made MapQuest almost irrelevant.”
Source: Tom Taulli,, September 21, 2005

Wearable technology to aid disaster relief
Wearable, interactive 3D technology being developed by the University of South Australia will be able to transfer people into ‘mobile augmented reality (AR) systems.’
Weighing in at 7kg, the technology consists of a computer which can be carried in a backpack, virtual reality goggles and an attached video camera that can convey information to a control room via wireless LAN or 3G networks.
Source: Dahna McConnachie, Computerworld Australia, September 20, 2005

Stem Cell Pioneer Hwang Woo-suk to Use Injectable Robot
Professor Hwang explained, “With biotechnology (BT) alone, we cannot predict which side-effects will be triggered by transplants of stem cells or pig organs, and when. We plan to put miniature IT equipment inside a patient’s body and check his or her health in real time.”
A subminiature robot will move through blood vessels to spots that need to be treated. There, the robot will check whether transplanted stem cells or pig organs would function properly and transmit the results of the check to the patient’s doctor in real time.
Source: Suk-Min Hong, Donga, South Korea, September 24, 2005

See you next week…

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