Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today's Technology...and Tomorrow's

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FT Press, 2003 - House & Home - 250 pages
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Tomorrow's "futuristic" devices are already here--and they're even more amazing than Hollywood screenwriters imagined they'd be! Best of all, you can use these technologies to simplify your life, get more efficient, and have more fun--right now. In Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun--and Simplify Your Life--with Today's Technology...and Tomorrow's, one of the world's leading experts in emerging technology shows how you can make the most of 50 of today's hottest consumer-oriented innovations--and tomorrow's. You'll discover virtual keyboards that let you type in the air; GPS locators that keep track of your kids; camera phones that transmit your photos instantly; in-car systems that read your email and stock quotes aloud; and dozens more devices to inform you, protect you, connect you, and entertain you. From digital gaming to automated concierge services, virtual tourism to instant multimedia messaging, Evans shows where to get it, how to use it, and how it'll improve your life. Then, drawing on his experience consulting with the world's leading corporations and technology developers, he previews "just around the corner" breakthroughs that are even more incredible. TechTV is the cable television network for those excited by and curious about all things related to technology. By using technology as a backdrop to entertain, amaze, and engage viewers, TechTV is the lifestyle network that showcases how the latest trends, products, and events enhance our lives. Check your local television for TechTV.
 

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Contents

Todays Technology
1
Wireless Local Area
8
Combining Mobile Phones and Personal Digital
18
World Phones
27
Microsoft NET Passport and the Liberty Alliance
32
Fingerprint Readers and Facial Recognition
37
GoToMyPC
41
PCS Voice Command from Sprint
46
CD and DVD
109
MP3 Players
113
XM and Sirius
117
HDTV
123
TiVo ReplayTV
128
Tablet PCs
140
Digital Wallets
154
HomePNA
169

Nokia Communicator
50
Microsoft NET Alerts
55
Groove Networks
59
WebEx
63
OnStar
68
OnStar and MobileAria
73
Magellan Meridian GPS Receivers
77
Wherify GPS Personal Locator
81
Nikon Coolpix
86
Microsoft TV Photo Viewer
92
Filming with Digital Video
96
Sprint PCS Vision
100
Kazaa
105
HomePlug Powerline Alliance
173
Personal Mobile Gateways
177
Spoken Language Understanding
181
3D Desktops
184
Intelligent Messaging
189
Digital Pen and Paper
193
Augmented Reality
197
Honda ASIMO
201
Electronic Perception
206
Smart Labels and Electronic Product Codes
210
Segway Human Transporter
215
General Motors
219
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About the author (2003)

NICHOLAS D. EVANS is a widely recognized business and technology consultant, speaker, and author. He has been featured in and has published over 100 articles for publications ranging from Fortune and The Financial Times to Internet Week and .Net Magazine. Mr. Evans' highly acclaimed Internet Week column on Emerging Technology has been running since 1997. His books include Business Innovation and Disruptive Technology and Business Agility: Strategies for Gaining Competitive Advantage through Mobile Business Solutions (Financial Times Prentice Hall) together with numerous other titles from publishers such as Microsoft Press.

Mr. Evans holds a B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc. from Southampton University in England. He is a frequent advisor to the venture capital community and serves on several advisory boards. He can be reached at ndevans@hotmail.com.

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