You walk into a plant and immediately your cell phone begins to buzz. But you don’t have a call. Instead, your phone just alerted you that the air is bad for your asthma or allergy. You reach for your inhaler or meds and the problem’s solved.
Gentag Inc. of Washington, D.C. has developed technology that can perform diagnostic functions from your cell phone anywhere, even if you don’t have phone service in the immediate area. The company recently received a patent for its product called the Method and Apparatus for Wide Area Surveillance of a Terrorist or Personal Threat. Handset makers who use this technology can program their devices to detect most chemicals, from pollen and carbon monoxide to the noxious gases dispersed by criminals or terrorists.
Gentag’s patent covers the use of this technology for personal wireless devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers or watches. The aim is to allow people with multiple chemical sensitivities to customize their personal device to recognize specific chemicals that cause allergies or are dangerous.
This cell phone can perform diagnostic functions and detect most chemicals from pollen and carbon monoxide to noxious gases.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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