Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit, Mary Meeker gives a ten-minute slideshow packed with great data showing the monetum and direction of different Internet trends. This year, a big focus of her presentation was on mobile. Specifically, she put up the slide above showing a Morgan Stanley estimate that global smartphone shipments will eclipse PC shipments in 2012, with more than 400 million smartphones expected to be shipped that year, compared to less than 200 million last year. Continue reading


8pen Input Method

The 8pen™ allows for the replacement of the conventional keyboard on all devices capable of detecting gestures, in particular mobile phones with touch screens, modern remote controls or game controllers. Its advantage lies mainly in the fact that it is possible to input text faster than using conventional layouts on small devices, while at the same time mimicking human hand-writing. Moreover, the simplicity of the gestures involved greatly reduces the problem of mistyping that frequently occurs with the classical layout due to the lack of space. For the same reason, it is possible to write without viewing, as only the central region is needed as a reference for starting and ending a movement.

Electrolytic Fluid Antenna replaces metal with jets of water


The U.S. Navy is reportedly experimenting with replacing their bristling shipside antennae arrays with another material: Salt water, shot up into a fountain. The Electrolytic Fluid Antenna, as it’s called, is apparently workable and the Navy is even seeking to commercialize it.

Sea water is pumped from the ocean into a stream and the width and length of the stream determine the frequency capabilities. An 80-foot-high stream could transmit and receive from 2 to 400 mHz with a relatively small footprint. The Sea Water Antenna is capable of transmitting and receiving VHF signals and has been tested at a receiving range of over 30 miles.The antennae needs of a typical Navy vessel with 80 metallic antennas could theoretically be replaced with only 10 Sea Water Antennas of varying heights and streams to cover the same frequencies. The technology could potentially be used on land with salt-supplemented water, replacing large unsightly antenna towers with fountains. Another use could be as a solar- or battery-powered emergency antenna system for watercraft.

Pretty wild. If this takes off, it could turn The Bellagio into a major broadcasting center. It would also be awesome if they could adapt the technology to replace cell phone towers in those towns where nobody wants the ugly tower in their backyard, and they instead replaced them with picturesque geysers.


NEC develops thin, flexible and ‘practical’ Organic Radical Battery

NEC first announced its super-thin Organic Radical Battery (or ORB) technology a full five years ago, but it’s now finally back with what it describes as the first “practical” prototypes of the batteries. While these new batteries are about twice as thick as NEC’s first such units, they’re still only 0.7 mm thin, and are apparently much more reliable while also delivering 1.4 times more output (specifically, a capacity of 5mAh). The key to that boost, it seems, are some newly developed, highly conductive cathodes, which consists of some solid organic radical material that were turned into a gel and then uniformly compounded with carbon materials. What does that mean for actual consumers? Well, if NEC has its way, the batteries could be a thin, flexible power source for things like smart cards, wearable devices, and flexible e-paper displays.

NOKIA X70 Wallet


Nokia Wallet X70 is actually a mobile phone in your wallet. You can call him, write SMS messages, take pictures, use it as GPS navigation, music player, or to insert your credit card.

The concept is designed with two cameras.  One is for video and one that has a 5MP resolution, for photographing rare moments. There is also, of course, his dual LED flash.  The system can use either a capacitive touch screen or a full QWERTY keyboard.  Lacking in full-fledged life free navigation, speakers for music playback and even Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  Built-in memory is 8 GB, but the SD card does not count.  The operating system I chose an older S60 5th Edition.
Dimensions correspond to the classic purse. Wallet, so easily fits in any pocket. Weight in turn corresponds to your wallet full of money.

Does Your Brand Even Have A Pulse? A New Way to Measure Brand Energy

Does Your Brand Even Have A Pulse

Over the past two weeks I have been discussing how leading US academics have made a breakthrough in measuring brand energy. Regular readers will recall that these frighteningly bright people synthesised NYSE listed company performance information with measures of brand health. These latter were drawn from the world’s biggest database of brands: BrandAssetValuator.

They then went on to identify those aspects of a brand that appear to drive higher energy levels. They named them VISION, INVENTION, and DYNAMISM.And finally ranked NYSE listed brands by scoring them from 0-100 on a model too clever too explain. In the end they were able to group brands into seven energy levels. Continue reading

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world’s information at our fingertips.