Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #120
July 23rd, 2006

Getting your message across

“If I want to send a message to a friend, I just take my mobile, type and press ‘send,’ simple as that. The system will identify which service is most appropriate regardless if my friend is using a mobile or a PC client. And the message will appear on my friend’s screen,” explains Martijn Brouns, product marketing manager at LogicaCMG.
Source: IST Results, July 18, 2006

Study of human brain yields intelligent robots

The advances [in artificial intelligence] can also be seen in the emergence of bold new projects intended to create more ambitious machines that can improve safety and security, entertain and inform, or just perform everyday tasks.
Source: John Markoff, The New York Times, July 18, 2006

Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch

Taking a page out of a science fiction novel, Microsoft’s research labs have come up with a way for people to navigate computer images using their hands to change their point-of-view.
Source: Ina Fried, CNET, July 18, 2006

Biometrics for secure mobile communications

As mobile devices become increasingly ubiquitous and play ever more significant roles in our lives, ensuring the trustworthiness and security of the information being exchanged has never been more important. But clearly, strong security should not be at the expense of user acceptance. European researchers are employing biometrics and digital signing to provide a solution.
Source: IST Results, July 19, 2006

Portable device could save soldiers’ lives

Many seriously injured soldiers die on the battlefield from internal bleeding before reaching medical care. So scientists are developing portable ultrasound packs that could one day be used without a doctor’s assistance to detect and stem such life-threatening blood flow.
Source: Stefanie Olsen, CNET, July 19, 2006

Telemedicine offers better picture for patient care

A new telemedicine platform promises to greatly improve the quality of care patients receive by giving highly qualified specialists the ability to collaborate efficiently when interpreting data from advanced medical imaging techniques.
Source: IST Results, July 20, 2006

Restaurant of the future?

[At Boston’s Legal Test Kitchen (LTK),] diners would surf the Web or watch TV at their tables using portable plasma touchscreens while listening to their iPods via individual speakers. The hassle of ordering and paying would be mitigated by waiters toting hand-held PDAs and portable machines that let you swipe your own credit card.
Source: Teresa Méndez, Christian Science Monitor, July 21, 2006

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