"The life-saving feature is one in which the handset would know whether it was sitting in the driver's seat or the passenger's seat in a moving car. It could then enable the speaker and, more importantly, disable the texting functionality.'
Richard, thanks for innovation and hope accident cases may come down. Most of the accidents are happening because of the diversion of driver's attention by gadgets.
It's true, Rob -- it would save lives. No matter how many times you see public service announcements telling people not to use handsets for talking and texting while they drive, they keep doing it. I see people doing it every day on the road.
Good point, Mydesign. But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving.
"But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving."
Rob, the lesson is if drivers are careful then passengers are secured. But in certain unfortunate situation, accidents can happen due to the carelessness of other vehicles drivers too.
I am seeing a real challenge with the reliable sensing of a person's position in the car. What parameters change? And why will the data from a constantly active sensor be more useful than from a sensor that is on for a single millisecond each second? What I see is an interesting development seeking to find a useful application. But to come up with some rational reasons for constant sensing instead of frequent periodic sensing is going to take a bit more creativity, it appears. One simple function that could provide an actual benefit would be to sense the surrounding noise level and adjust both the earpiece volume and the microphone sensitivity accordingly. But that is simple, and would not require any new sensors.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.