Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Info Orb

There's a very interesting new display technology being created by a company called Ambient Devices. The first product is a small glass orb that sits on your desk. The orb glows silently, and it also changes colors. The idea is to link the colors to some piece of information that interests you-- for example, the temperature outside (when it is hot outside the orb is red, cold it's blue, for example), or the value of a stock or a portfolio.

The orb is also interesting because it gets its information from existing wireless carriers -- for example, the existing pager network. You don't have to connect it to a computer.

The existing pager network is a wireless system that is already installed throughout every U.S. city and is largely under-utilized today. It makes you wonder what else you could do with it.

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