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A Gaggle of Gadgets. (Internet Librarian 2002)

Magazine article Information Today

A Gaggle of Gadgets. (Internet Librarian 2002)

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All manner of gadgets were shown at Internet Librarian 2002, including an alarm clock that connects to the Internet to retrieve traffic reports and then adjusts wake-up time, eyeglasses that display text on the glass, and virtual projected keyboards--very cool stuff. Technology advances are gradually making the Internet accessible, wireless, immersive, and ubiquitous. A keynote speech plus an entire track of presentations on the wireless Web provided conference participants with a broad view of the digital information world. In addition, they received an interesting and entertaining look at some of the wireless appliances and other gadgets we will soon be seeing.

Media technologist Jack Powers gave attendees a tour of this developing real-time media universe by showing applications such as the networked multimedia home, pocket digital libraries, and wireless business uses. Some of the wireless devices offered personal safety and location assistance using GPS technology. There will soon be useful medical informatics applications, such as the ability to monitor body temperature and blood pressure and transmit this information over the Internet. …

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