In an earlier article (here) I introduced the upcoming of RFID products and applications that will invade our daily Lifes.
I briefly remind that RFID is an "electronic Label" made of a chip and an antenna, that contend Identification information and communicate via Radio Frequencies
A new step in development has been unveiled by Hitachi in Japan with the release of "Powder" RFID
A 5 microns thick, RFID chip measuring only 0.05 x 0.05 mm .The new chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number. It will use a frequency of 2.45GHz.
This new RFID Chip will be brought on the market in the next 2 to 3 years. So with a high volume production we can imagine that in less than 10 years from now *all single product , paper, document... can be RFID taged.
It is a new revolution in the tracability of goods.
But it does not not only concern objects and merchandises.
Beyond the numerous industrial applications, People too...can be mapped, such a small chip complete a range of available biological indentification means such as fingerprints, ADN...
The George Orwell vision of Big Brother watching us in his book "1984" might year after year become true... ?
It is possible, Motion Portrait of Tokyo in Japan has developped the technology that permits to bring your face picture to life. Using a technology originaly developped by Sony research center, a picture is converted into a 3D model then animated This is a new tentative to bring virtual world into our daily live.
The 15 sensors of the machine analyze scents, record a recipe and convert in digital format that can be used to store libraries of smell. It then can be reproduced by mixing 96 chemical formulas.
Shopping for flowers online, or transmitting a smell trough a cell phone and sending it digitally to a receiver somewhere else in the world, watching a movie with recreating smells orf the environment, are some of the multiple application for the device.
Primarily the fragrance and flavour industries are the first showing interest in the technology. Emmanuel Facovi
Togheter with some French executives and HEC Alumni I was invited by HEC Paris to participate to a conference and debate with Bill Gates
Microsoft is currently launching Vista with a $500 million campaign
This was a great occasion to exchange on visions of the future, but also to know more about his background and path forward.
Bill Gates presented his vision of the world, preaching for development of the planet through the spreading of technologies and the access to information for everyone from Africa to Asia.
Bill pictured the society of tomorrow where the convergence of all media and systems will permit to be "wired" permanently in an interactive world.
The availability of information and new media will permit to create transparency in those countries where the practice block the individial initiatives.
It will permit to everyone to compete at a more equal level, in a more balanced world. Already the Web 2 technologies shows the great possibilities to generate new business models and speak up to a world with more freedom.
He explained how at the age of 13, together with his pal Joe Allen, he stepped into the entrepreneurial world.
At that time Bill gate had no ambition to succeed in Business, he was simply a passionate teenager, who loved spending his time programming.
He had the vision that computers could be used by the wide public and not only the companies. At that time this thinking was totally out of perspective, no one could believe that PC would reach most of our homes . IT was for specialists only.
He focussed developing software that could be use with no clue of programming. There started the big story that made him the richest man in the world.
From 2008 Bill Gates will retire from his function of Microsoft Chairman and work exclusively for his foundation. His ambition is to partner with pharmaceutical companies to permit the access to medicine to whose who cannot afford to subsidy the billions R/D efforts by paying the high price.
What surprised me most during this debate is the simplicity and humanity that Bill Gates his showing though his formidable achievements.
What is the ultimate dream of people in regard of living places ?
Maybe you could find some hints by looking what is going on in the persian Gulf countries
Quatar for instance: a 2,5 Billion dollars project called the Pearl is planning the building of an artificial island 20 km north of Doha Pearl will host 40 000 inhabitants by 2009.
Featuring 3 marinas, luxury apparments, penthouses , restaurants, retail shops, full range of commodities, ...it aims to be a paradise for its occupants.
Nearby the main Island, 9 smaller fully private ones are for sale. To know more about this project from United Development click here
Projects currently in final phase in Dubai give an other relevant example of what could be the city of the future: a mix of Modernity and Natural Environement outlook
15 years back: Who would have bet that someone oustide EAU rich citizen would spend for acquiring a lodging in Dubai close to its Petrol factories, deserts, hot climate, and multiple prohibitions
but....living on a sunny Island on a top class building seems to be of more attractive even in Dubai
Dubai has made it with this giant project creating artificial islands on its coast.
The Resort called The world is composed of 300 Islands displaying the WorldMap .Each island is for sale worth $8 to $45 millions. Available next year.
The Palm Islands, are the largest artifical islands in the world.
Palm Jumeirha , Palm Jebel Ali and Palm deira are built in the shape of a date palm tree. For information and videos on these projects from Nakheel go here
In 2008, Dubai will also have the highest tower in the World. With 700 meters high Burj Dubai will count not less that 160 levels of offices, appartements, shops....
More over , if you want to go skying it is also availaible , just here with in the city at the Dubai Snow park that opened in 2005 . 400 meters of slopes that would make you feel like in French Alps. (it is by the way managed by a french guy). 4000 Visitors enjoy it every day. Emmanuel Facovi
Magnetic levitation : Do you know what this is for ?
If you travel to Shangai in China , maybe you will have the chance to experiment this magnetic technology also called Maglev The fast train at the Pudong Airport will bring you at a speed of 430 km/hour to Shangai downtown thanks to the magnetic levitation.
But an other application is on development right now. In Japan Toshiba and Building system corp will be delivering the first High speed elevators in Tokyo early 2008. The elevator will take you for a smooth ride of minimum 300 meters in one minute with almost no noise The cabin has no guide rails or cables . Instead, high powered magnets will suspend it. In order to move the elevator, the magnets on the opposite end are powered electrically in order to push the vehicle.
The story does not end here. NASA scientists are working on the space elevator. A space elevator is essentially a long cable extending from our planet's surface into space with its center of mass at geostationary Earth orbit (GEO), 35,786 km in altitude. Electromagnetic vehicles traveling along the cable could serve as a mass transportation system for moving people, payloads, and power between Earth and space.A ride to a lunar platfor would then take 5 hours Emmanuel Facovi
A new type of hotel resort will start populating our oceans in the near futur : the Underwater Hotels
Once again Jules Vernes vision comes true
The first 220-suite hotel , Hydropolis is due to open in Dubai at the end of 2007. Currently under construction (it started in 2005) Hydropolis is the world's first luxury underwater hotel. A vast land station welcome guests , a tunnel Hall transport people by train to the main area of the hotel, and the 220 bubble-shaped suites in a submarine leisure area.Each room will have bathtub and clear glass.
Guest will sleep with the fishes 20m below the surface of the Arabian Gulf.Two translucent domes will house a concert auditorium and a ballroom that break the water s surface, three bars, a cosmetic surgery clinic, a marine biology research institute, a library, a museum, prayer rooms, a private cinema, a retail area selling ocean-related wares, and three 150-seat restaurants.
The investement is Euros 550 million worth.It will benefit construction technologies employed in submarines and offshore platforms. It is supported by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority.
Next to come Hydropalace will be near Quingdao in China.I is expected to be ready for the Olympic Games.
But numerous projects now take place. Monaco in Europe could be one location.
In Fidji Islands, at a smlaller scale the Poseidon project features a 5 stars Hotel, with 20 suites of 51 M², and 2 larger ones. Opening in December 2007
French Sea Explorer and film maker Commandant Jacques Yves Cousteau who made millions people discover the beauty of the oceans would be amazed to see this.
Geovector is developping New applications around mobility devices and intelligent functions for Mobile Phones.
The company software permits to create 3 D images from a mobile phone picture ,search on internet and indicates details, directions or location of buildings, shops , restaurants , services... In addition to the softare, a GPS Chip and a Compass are installed on the Phone.
Select "Parking" and it will display all parking places around and give you direction in 3 D - Select "Bakery " and get ready to bring back "the french Baguette " back home tonight.
other intersting feature is Pointing : You walk in the street, point a building, a location , and it gives you related information. For instance point a Cinema with you phone , and it will display all the sessions, and even allow you to book a seat and buy a ticket on line. Let s imagine you go for a Football match, you simply Point a player during the match, it will tell you his name, position, records...or you watch americas Cup , it shows you detailed on the Sailboat, Teams, Position in the race...
see demonstrations on Geovector site here The devices help you to find out about the real world objects around you . The benefit over conventional GPS , is that it can also tell you about what you're looking at.
The product is already in use in Japan, where Geovector partner with NEC group and Network operator (KKDI).
On his side Nokia reseach Center at Helsinki Finland is working on a quite similar project called MARA (The Mobile Augmented Reality Applications)