Dial M for Meteorology

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-04-15 Print this article Print

Not only does it look like a prop from "Star Trek," but it also serves up decidedly 21st-century content.

Not only does it look like a prop from "Star Trek," but it also serves up decidedly 21st-century content—in this case, a real-time weather radar view for the ZIP code of choice on a surprisingly clear (if tiny) color screen. Motorolas i95cl communicator was one of the dozens of embedded-Java wireless devices shown to eWeek Labs at JavaOne in San Francisco last month. It should be on sale by this summer with support from several major U.S. service providers.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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