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June 2001. News and Events -Week 5-
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June-29
2001
A Lamprey-Based Undulatory Robot

Biomimetic underwater lampreys have been built by researcher Joseph Ayers at Northeastern University. This bot has all sorts of sensors to detect roll, pitch, inclination, has a compass, and will someday incorporate a sonar. Nitinol wire is used for the artificial muscles. It will perform military underwater operational maneuvers for the Navy.

June-29
2001
The WearClam

The WearClam is a wearable keyboard designed to be worn while performing manual tasks such as grasping objects. It is thumb operated and designed for menu-like interfaces, however typing text is possible.

June-29
2001
WebCopier: copy the Web

WebCopier is a powerful tool that copies Web sites and stores them locally. The new version includes several new features such us the "address bar" that that shows URL of a file loaded in the integrated browser. Also it simplifies browser navigation - just type a website URL, press "Enter", and the browser will load that site.
This version doesn't show advertisements and will uninstall advertisement modules installed by previous versions of WebCopier..

June-29
2001
Robotics Research Group

Robotics Research Group is a part of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. The group's research covers topics related to robotics: robot sensor systems, signal processing and artificial neural networks, active vision, etc.

June-28
2001
The multimedia bed

The multimedia bed is a sleeper's paradise. While lying down, you look up at a ceiling that is a large computer screen. Using a wireless mouse — or someday, eye-tracking technology — you run sunset screen savers, check e-mail, surf the Web, or fall asleep listening to music. The bed even senses when you've fallen asleep and turns itself off. It can even detect if you've stopped breathing, setting off a series of alarms.

June-28
2001
Red-M and Motorola for Bluetooth products

Red-M™, a supplier of advanced Bluetooth™ networking product solutions, has announced a strategic alliance with Motorola, Inc, a leader in the wireless communications industry, to provide customers with complete Bluetooth network products and technology.
Red-M and Motorola will work together on key client accounts to deliver business solutions using Bluetooth wireless technology. Red-M will supply Motorola with its Bluetooth access servers and access points. One implementation of these products will be as a platform for Motorola's seamless mobility solutions.

June-27
2001
Intelligent agents for e-business

SAP, the provider of collaborative e-business solutions, is building intelligent agent technology into its supply chain management (SCM) software to make supply chains more efficient by automating decisions.
Intelligent agent software gathers information which can be used to trigger automatic responses using pre-set rules. SAP claims that it will be able to build "adaptive supply networks" able to sense and respond if demand changes.
"We believe intelligent agents will be the key to resolving the increasing challenges companies are faced with in participating in, and managing, global adaptive supply networks," said SAP board member Claus Heinrich.

June-27
2001
BearShare: the new version 2.2.5

BearShare, the file sharing program built on Gnutella technology, has been updated. Several bugs have been fixed, and new features have also been added such as an integrated browser with a simple, easy to use interface. The limit of automatic host connections has been increased and the default sharing settings have been changed for certain connection classes

June-27
2001
SemanticWeb.org

SemanticWeb.org is a forum for people interested in the Semantic Web currently operated by three research groups. It is dedicated to collecting and explaining ideas and concepts leading to the Semantic Web. All groups share an interest in the development of the Semantic Web and focus on research questions which have yet to be solved.

June-26
2001
Take a cyber taxi

Hewlett-Packard, CityCab and Ericsson have announced plans to implement a mobile solution called "Project Escalade" and to equip CityCab taxis in Singapore with mobile devices to bring a wireless, interactive experience to passengers and taxi drivers.
With the help of mobile e-services, CityCab passengers will be able to surf the Web, send e-mails, check stock prices, catch up on the latest news or even print information such as distance travelled and total fare -- all from the back of a cab using voice activation and wireless technology.
Taxi drivers will be able to use an advanced mobile appliance to access mapping and routing information, accept e-payment options or process booking - allowing drivers to plan and manage their work anytime, anywhere.

June-26
2001
Smarthouse: energy conservation systems

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. have announced a partnership to collaborate in the expansion of home network systems, linking home appliances with social infrastructures. The advanced implementations of energy efficient and ecology-minded measures these systems can bring offer unparalleled opportunities for both greater product benefits and user convenience.
Some areas of cooperation between the companies include R&D related to an ECHONET-based networking concept that aims to help establish a de facto standard for home networking systems; development of networked home energy conservation systems; and other related value-added products and services, including the establishment of a joint-venture company this year.

June-26
2001
BMW: drive or search

Google has a voice-search project with BMW. The car company wants to put voice-activated Web searching into their 7 Series cars. Drivers just speak their search query using microphones in the car, and the system gives the answers back on a display. To visit a selected webpage, just say the result number and the search jumps to that result.
For security reasons, the system works only when the car is stopped.

June-26
2001
Future electronic warfare

Future electronic warfare will be carried out by intelligent software agents rather than computer hackers, according to one CIA intelligence officer.
Lawrence Gershwin, a CIA national intelligence officer, told a US Congress Joint Economic Committee that increasing computer power could change the nature of information warfare in coming years. In particular, it could make programs designed to mimic human intelligence a common weapon of enemies of the state.

June-25
2001
FlashGet: your download manager

FlashGet , the download manager, has been updated. Some bugs have been fixed in this new version 0.96a. The folder selection has also been improved.
FlashGet can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed between 100% and 500%.

June-25
2001
X10: for smart houses

X10 is a communications "language" that allows compatible products to talk to each other via the existing 110V electrical wiring in the home.
With nifty little X10 modules, you can inexpensively control your home appliances over the Web.

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