Amaro (UD), 22 november, 2006
The 2006 Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award in the field of ambient intelligence is conferred on Eurotech SpA for developing an innovative, lightweight, wearable wrist-worn personal computer (WWPC). The WWPC aims at critical applications such as security, emergency rescue and healthcare.
Through wireless communication infrastructure and by integrating a global position system (GPS) receiver, the WWPC enables users to access information and services at all times. Unlike conventional handheld devices such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants and laptops which do not entirely support multi-tasking, the WWPC's ergonomics are so well designed that users can easily multi-task while using the computing device.
"Unlike earlier wearable systems, which catered to achieving one specific application, the WWPC performs a host of operations similar to a computer," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Amreetha Vijayakumar. "The system weighs as little as 290 gms, runs on Windows CE or a Linux environment, offers a touch screen interface for easier usage and is designed to be worn either on the wrist or hidden under clothing."
The WWPC is powered by lithium polymer rechargeable batteries and is capable of functioning for more than six hours when the cells are fully charged. Furthermore, the system includes a direct access keypad and a 256K thin-film transistor (TFT) colour display. It also extends support for wireless communication by providing interfaces for connecting through Bluetooth, 802.11 b and g.
"Since the WWPC incorporates a GPS receiver, the exact location of the system and user can be determined," adds Ms. Vijayakumar. "The WWPC includes a patented orientation sensor, which can automatically change the system to a standby mode when the user lowers a hand, made possible through sensing the user's motion. This further enhances battery life."
The WWPC incorporates a tilt and dead reckoning system, which allows it to sense if the user is motionless for a specific period of time. In such cases, the device can serve as a location-transmitting beacon.
"Future systems could integrate such functionality with software that will enable the system to send out alarms or triggers to a centralised system or an emergency tracking system,"comments Ms. Vijayakumar. "This marks the migration of the information technology domain to a totally ubiquitous era where a single device has multiple capabilities."
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