Saturday, December 2, 2006

A Little Dry In The Brain

2 months of no crazy ideas

Just realised that I have not been updating my thoughts. It has been a long short trimester and I have been extremely busy with lectures, preparation for my own research and also administrative tasks. Of course, if you have been following this little section of mine, you are probably thinking that I have some ideas that I am keeping to myself. Well, can't really answer that at the moment ..

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PS3 for classrooms

In a multimedia classroom, the use of PS3 to interact with the instructor through the build-in Wi-Fi

In the classrooms of the future, the use of multimedia equipment for teaching will be the norm. Currently, the state of the art classrooms equip the students with a proprietary device that can interact with questions and exercises posted through the projector by the instructor. The classrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access where the students have a unique identifier and can answer questions online. In addition, the marks can be tallied in real-time.

The idea is to develop a similar software that runs on the Sony PS3 or any gaming or personal digital assistant that will also one day be as common as us wearing our shoes

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Transportation Management

An anti-fuel hike system

This has been well researched and also there are several solutions out there. However, most are targetted at large distribution organizations. Small and medium enterprises on the other hand are left out. The system can be a simple one as the number of transports will be small and area of coverage will usually also be small. However, it would be bebeficial as the fuel/transportation cost has a major effect on the cost of goods.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hosted TiVO Service

Legal or Pirated VCD/DVD?

This is a gray area in terms of legality. Generally, it is assumed that there are pirated copies of VCD/DVDs for shows that are shown on free-to-air television. However, it is also "legal" for us to record these shows for our own consumption. If there is a service to assist us in recording shows, format and package them, for our own consumption, then it would not be illegal (or would it?). This can easily be an online service.

A user logs on to the online service store, states that he/she would like to record the next season of "Winter Sonata" which will be aired on "free-to-air" television as he/she is not able to make it back in time from work. The user pays for the service online. The store will then record, put the episodes in series, package it into a VCD/DVD and send it out only when the last ordered episode is shown. The store will charge for the service, the media and the delivery. Of course, the pruchaser can also request for past series that he/she has missed ... and that normally encompasses everything other than the latest movies.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Baby Monitor

A battery powered room audio monitor

One of the problems with commonly available baby monitors is that the transmitter end of the baby monitor system is usually either battery powered or uses the mains. As most parents would know, it is sometimes difficult to ensure that the battery is in good condition and also if it uses the mains, then there would be a need for a power point. Having minimal electrical equipment in a baby's room is recommended. The idea is basically to redevelop a battery powered baby monitor (or room audio monitor) that can last for years whilst being able to operate wirelessly. Using the ZigBee (802.15.4) low powered short range wireless capability, this may be a good option.

What is a baby monitor?

IEEE 802.15.4

Sunday, May 28, 2006

3G Killer App?

HTTP in phone speak?

One of the hindrance to the adoption of 3G (or even 3.5G) mobile phones and devices is that the device form factor is generally too small for users to benefit from it's high-speed data transmission capabilities. The screen form factor has reached a reasonable size but the hassle of keying in the URL is a major drawback. With phones now being more powerful than PCs of around 5 years old AND equipped with high resolution cameras, we should be able to develop an intelligent OCR software that utilizes the camera and will be able to surf a website simply taking a snapshot of a word, e.g. "ibm", and it would be intelligent enough to point you to or or similarly. Users can also provide a hand written URL for the phone/device to know where to surf to.