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
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)
you know what is a satellite, but do you know what is a STRATELLITE
A Trade Mark from SANSWIRE company an airship and communications technology manufacturer .
What is a Stratellite?
It is a 75m long high tech air vehicle (balloon type) designed to fly in the stratosphere , 21 km above earth , and to manage communications (broadband, mobile phones..) in a area of 770 000 sq km. It is robot piloted, and powered by solar cells.
Stratellite has an autonomy of 18 months. The first exemplary is to be launched over Lima , Peru and will handle all communications such as Voice , VoIP, video, and WIFI services.
Sanswire plan to manufacture hundreds to thousands of those "flying wales " that will populate our sky, primarily the states of South America, at a much lower cost than satellites (only 10 %).
Except Telecommunications the stratellite can respond a very large scheme of applications like security ,environment or defense missions.
At a time where electronics and technology are entering our day to day life at home, an other alternative using "bio-technologies" propose the home of the future.
Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden and Javier Arbona-Homar (a former group from MIT)have conceived a home that doesn't just use "green" design but is itself a living ecosystem.
The concept is the use of young trees growing together into a shape that would sustain the foundation of the home. The gaps could be filled in with soil and growing plants to create small gardens.
On the interior walls, a mixture of clay that would provide insulation and block moisture.
On south-facing walls, windows made of organic plastics would absorb warmth in the winter; ground-floor windows on the shady side could draw in cool breezes during hot months.
Water collected on the roof would flow through the house for use by people and plants; waste water would be purified in an outdoor pond with bacteria, fish, and plants that consume organic waste.
This project is aiming primarily sub tropical areas , but the first stage of using eco systems in design of our home is a close reality.
An atlernative proposal is mixing modern material with ecological and living areas. In area London, a successful example of Eco house are already built .The London scheme will involve at least 1,000 homes, which will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and the burning of waste.
We will need to rethink how a windmill looks like in the near future . Aerodynamics is at full potential
Forget the big propellers and get use to see "jet engine" floating in our windy country areas.
A bench of benefits:
This new windmill called Stormblade Turbine, designed by par Victor Jovanovic,is much more efficient than current designs an can operate for wind speeds ranging from 11 to 193 km/h (7mph to >120mph) .An efficiency of conversion of wind into electricity of 70 % versus 40 %.
The generated power is also much higher compared the size of the blades. The noise much lower, the cost too.
Five years backwards I visited the windmill fields of Palm Springs in California, , an impressive alignment of thousands windmills.
lets now figure out how the turbine would fit the landscape.
This Turbine represents a major step forward in the clean green energy, both in the design and the technology. It shoulb be industrialized by the end of 2007
anyway my favourite design definitly keeps this traditional ones,