Cellphones Proliferate Other Industries

June 03 2008 / by randalc / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Economics   Year: 2009   Rating: 7 Hot

Cellular phones continue to follow Moore’s law and technologically grow in power each year. Inventive individuals continue to fund new ways to harness this power into other industries such as movie making, music broadcasting, and now real estate.

According to a Cincinnati real estate blog, cellular phones are becoming a useful real estate tool. The smart phone and txt enabled phones can send short codes found on real estate signs to gain basic information on the price, square footage, and other basics. Going forward smart phones will be able to download virtual tours and potentially schematics on homes yet to be built.

I would look to fashion as the next major venue to pick up the smart phone as an outlet. The ability to capture style in an image and then have garments found or custom made could drive fashion sales. Look to houses such as Zara and H&M to be quick adopters of this model since their factory is already designed for fast turn around.

Beta’s Eyes

November 23 2008 / by Adam Cutsinger / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Technology   Year: Beyond   Rating: 5 Hot

At some point in the not-so-distant future, somewhere on planet Earth…

Beta Bogdanovsky’s Italian Cācio-model translator spoke with a decidedly male monotone, and had the vocabulary, albeit in 13 languages, of a 3rd grader. Her dog’s translator was nearly as well spoken. Then again, Tóse was a smart dog, an Illyrian sheepdog whose eyes expressed more care than those of most people, and he almost certainly had the capacity to communicate on levels beyond the short sentences programmed into his collar.

“Iz vee NEH tuh,” she said in Bulgarian to a rotund bearded man blocking access to the window seat next to him. A roundish silver and gold box hung from a beaded chain around her neck, and a small bas-relief profile of the Roman god Mercury spoke the Greek, “Syghnomi.”

Excuse me.

The man’s posture shifted to make way even before he looked up, and when he did lift his head he was eye to eye with Tóse. Expressionlessly he made a symbolic attempt to scoot his plastic bags out of the aisle, and Beta sided into the seat, setting her gear on the floor between her feet. Tóse sat on his haunches in front of them both. Beta wondered why it was that people could not seem to rein it in in crowded public places and on trains.

As the ARMA Speed Tram pulled away from the passenger bay, the lights in the tramcar faded slightly as they always did between stations, and Beta closed her eyes and relaxed her neck, as she always did when she was commuting. Bitoli was five stops from the sea, as the tram tunneled through the Korab and Pindus Mountains, and then there were six more on the other side of the water before reaching Monopoli. This trip would be an opportunity to shut her eyes for approximately 2 hours, which was a very good thing, because Beta’s eyes were very tired.

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