When thinking about the future, one thing is for sure: the only limiting factor is our own imagination. Who ever thought in the 1970s that mobile communication would change our daily lives to the extent that we’ve changed our way of doing business and of being with friends? The ideas presented here may not yet have materialized in large scale or been industrialized, but could serve as the spark for developing something great. What do you think?
Connected Print uses printed electronics, mobile broadband and the connectivity of your body to put a world of information at your fingertips. See how this new technology works, and how it can change our lives.
Print has been at the heart of communication for centuries. And it is getting a new lease on life with Connected Print. This short film looks at where print has taken us, and where we are taking print.
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A touch is all you need. This demonstration of the original Connected Paper concept shows how your body becomes a "wire" conducting data to your mobile device.
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Connected Print uses printed electronics, mobile broadband and the connectivity of your body to bring a world of information to your fingertips. This infographic looks at how it works, and how it can change our lives.
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When a window is a part of the high-speed mobile broadband highway.
Window of Opportunity is an exploration project where Ericsson tests what happens when ordinary windows are connected and act as connectors. Using a transparent antenna, an ordinary window could easily become part of the mobile broadband network, boosting indoor coverage for a great mobile experience inside buildings.
For commuters, public transport – say when riding the bus – is a time when we want super surf. By connecting the bus windows, our commute to work becomes an effective, extended office or a haven where we can unwind with entertainment on our way home. But why stop there? Clearly connected windows offer a spectrum of new and exciting possibilities such as automated blinds and cloud control for ventilation, lights, and other household appliances. The connected window presents opportunities to reduce building energy consumption and by adding transparent solar cells to produce electricity, these applications can power themselves and deliver excess energy into the smart grid. Windows could be used as a whiteboard that captures what you have written and emails you the notes and much more.
Connected Cars will change the driver experience completely and has the potential to transform the entire automotive industry. Through sensors and access to information in the cloud, via the broadband network, a system like Volvo’s cloud-based Sensus Connect connectivity system, based on Ericsson's Service Enablement Platform, will fundamentally change the way car drivers commute and spend their time in the car.
The power of touch Imagine that your body is part of a network – able to transmit information, images and codes – simply by touching an object. This ability is now possible through a technology known as capacitive coupling. Connected Me is an Ericsson concept that demonstrates capacitive coupling, and the power of touch, at speeds of up to 10Mbps.
The human body works like an electrical circuit, with both capacitance and resistance and through capacitive coupling it becomes possible to transmit data to and from a mobile device using the body as a cable. Connected Me is a concept for human body communication that will make life a whole lot simpler. Imagine unlocking a door by holding the handle, confirming a purchase by touching the check-out counter, exchanging business cards by shaking hands or connecting to a printer simply by touching it.
Looking further ahead, more advanced applications become possible such as embedded medical devices or printed electronics that allow you to grab links, downloads and information, just by touching a piece of paper.
The ability to transfer data through touch represents the ultimate in super-simple connectivity. So ask yourself this: how connected are you?
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Know more, cope better Coping with real or potential emergencies, such as a major accident, fire or other even the threat of an incident, relies on the ability to collate and analyze vast amounts of information and data streams. This can cause complexities that go far beyond mere human capability. Ericsson and Telstra have come up with a proposed coordination center of the future that empowers decision making.
Here’s the forecast The global grid of microwave links – found in mobile networks, which cover 90% of the world – has great potential to serve as a very accurate, local weather radar system. This "hidden" asset of operator’s networks could offer enormous value to people, business and society, with hyper-localized weather monitoring and forecasting on a scale never seen before.
Our “Twittering Tree” senses changes in the electromagnetic field around it as people pass, and sends Tweets that reflect its mood directly to its Twitter account, ConnectedTree. This tree also reacts to people´s presence and movements by playing music, speaking and turning on and off lights.
The tree´s responses aren´t random – they are based on the activity around it. When someone moves away from it the tree will express its “loneliness” with a particular tune and a tweet. When several visitors are competing for its attention, it will comment on how busy it is. A special response is generated when someone touches the tree and an SMS is sent to the passerby´s mobile phone.
So how does it work and what is the technology behind it?
When someone walks by or approaches the Twittering Tree, its sensor transmits information about that movement and the changes it causes in its electromagnetic field to a processor in a nearby laptop, which then activates a number of responses.
With cities growing at a rate of up to 7,500 people per hour, an innovative new street lighting model solves two issues simultaneously: it offers city officials an affordable new generation of sustainable, energy-efficient LED lighting; while network operators gain an improved city-wide mobile broadband and app coverage. All in one.