This week on WDD's HotSpot:
- Recently, Virginia-based Iridium Communications launched their portable satellite Hotspot, IridiumGo, which connects to any smartphone or tablet, extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks. Providing a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone anywhere, the IridiumGo enables up to five smartphones to make calls, receive email, use text and some apps, even when terrestrial networks are non-existent, unreliable, or costly.
- Researchers at the Technical University of Madrid are developing a new biometric technique that would allow us to identify people through their personal odor. According to the research, there are recognizable patterns of each person’s body odor that remain steady. Therefore, every person has his/hers own odor and this would allow his/her identification within a group of people at an accurate rate higher than 85%. This result leads the way to improve personal identification that is less aggressive than other biometric techniques being used today.
- China-based Paick has launched its ultra-thin power bank for business professionals. Featuring a micro USB/USB cable/handle, a touch sensor switch for on/off controls, and a charging time of 8 hours, this sleek, lightweight power bank integrates a charging cable into the body for easy accessibility and a superior dustproof environment for the connectors.
- Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML have developed a system that incorporates the transmit and search functions of an avalanche transceiver into a smartphone. In an emergency situation, these mobile phones can locate buried avalanche transceivers using satellite navigation – and are able to draw on the combined signals of the USA’s GPS, Europe’s Galileo and Russia’s GLONASS satellite systems to do so. Galileo-LawinenFon consists of a smartphone app and an extra piece of hardware called Galileo-SmartLVS that is connected to the mobile phone via USB. This is compatible with almost all of the newer generation of smartphones. Galileo-SmartLVS includes a 3D magnetic field antenna for picking up signals, an analog-digital converter, a satellite navigation receiver, acceleration sensors and a reserve battery.
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