KDDI started New Year with a bang yesterday, with three seperate press releases; they announced over 1 million full-song downloads (already!) and something about OTA (over-the-air) updates which we can't quite make out. However the one about their new BREW-based, Bluetooth-controlled robot [ .jpg ] looked pretty interesting. It seems that Robot Labs has a 29-cm tall, 2-legged beast that weighs in at about 950 grams. Available in early February for about 198,000 yen, it [ .pdf ] has servo motors and gyro sensors -- so it's got to be cool -- and will respond to various movement commands ("kick," "punch") issued from the cell-phone appli via bluetooth.. Wow!
In a report on Unstrung, Justin Springham comments on the significance of this week's KDDI contract awards to Korean and Japanese vendors (reported on WWJ here). Yesterday, Hitachi seemed to beat Samsung's day-earlier deal with KDDI Corp., revealing that it had also secured a CDMA 1XEV-DO Revision-A network upgrade deal with the carrier worth approximately 100 billion yen. Springham writes that: "Hitachi's win eclipses the earlier $800 million deal with Samsung. Reports suggested Samsung claimed to be the sole supplier of Revision A kit to KDDI."
Fujitsu Limited and Staccato Communications, Inc. announced a partnership under which they will provide all-CMOS, single-chip wireless universal serial bus (USB) and ultra-wideband (UWB) solutions for the global marketplace. CMOS single-chip wireless USB products are compliant with Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA) UWB specifications. Sampling of these chips from Fujitsu and Staccato Communications is scheduled for 2005, moving the companies closer to volume production and commercialization of these chips, targeting the consumer PC, digital home appliance, and mobile phone markets.
Hitachi said it has won a contract worth over US $800 mn from KDDI Corp. for 3G wireless communications equipment. "We can't give you specific figures, but the size of the contract exceeds the US$800 mn order KDDI awarded to South Korea's Samsung Electronics yesterday," said Hitachi spokeswoman Naoko Okada.
Following last week's announcement that a number of companies in the space were working on so-called Super 3G, both Samsung and LG spoke up against the group, suggesting it was really an attempt by NTT DoCoMo to do an end run around efforts to settle on a 4G standard. Ed's Note: Interesting that Samsung's comment ignored Vodafone which was also one of the 26 companies on this group announcement.
South Korea is poised to nudge past Japan in commercializing satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), thanks in large part to its strength in the cell phone industry. TU Media, the affiliate of Korea's No. 1 mobile carrier SK Telecom, plans to start the world's first handset-based satellite DMB services next Monday. By contrast, Japan's Mobile Broadcasting Corp. (MBCo) has been suffering setbacks in drawing customers to its newly launched DMB services with non cell-phone terminals.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest handset maker, said it won orders to supply Japan's KDDI Corp. with $800 million worth of telco equipment for 3G mobile phone services. Samsung was selected as the sole supplier of high-speed mobile-phone network equipment for Japan's second-largest cell-phone operator said, Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in an e-mail.
The Portable Cellular Phone Booth provides a visual image of social sacrifices and opportunities to interact with one another lost due to our own self-involvement. This 'performance art' retractable phone booth [ .jpg image ] is carried on your back and can slide up and over your head to completely isolate you from society; the action is fast and slick just like the flip action of a cell phone. Via: Gizmodo
Xybernaut Corp. and Stargate Mobile LLC today announced a partnership relationship under which Xybernaut mobile/wireless computing technologies and Stargate integration and solution expertise will be combined into a single solution for a variety of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and after-market applications within the automotive industry. Under the relationship, Stargate has joined Team Xybernaut(TM) as a systems integrator and solution provider working with Xybernaut in the automotive sectors. Both companies have been working together for more than six months to develop and deploy the integrated computing platforms.
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