Mobile and Wireless: ATandT Labs Innovations: Watson Voice Recognition, BYOD Apps, Smarter TVs

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-04-23 Print this article Print
Haptics-Enhanced Steering Wheel

Haptics-Enhanced Steering Wheel

Taking GPS navigation to the next level, this haptics-enhanced steering wheel is dotted with "actuators" that vibrate in succession—clockwise for a right turn, counter-clockwise for a left—to help a driver better intuit when to turn while keeping his eyes on the road.
AT&T Labs has a wealth of projects underway. On April 19, it brought together the innovators, researchers, engineers and other smart people behind a number of them, which AT&T Labs President and CTO Krish Prabhu described as having "great prospects" and being in "fairly late" stages of development. The applications and technologies ranged from location-based and speech-recognition-based APIs that developers can take and integrate into applications, to a software that can turn your smartphone into your hotel door key and another that can enable your car to tell you if you're about to leave home without your phone—or drive away from a restaurant without your credit card. One group from the AT&T Foundry was trying to make it easier for developers to create health-care based apps that are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), while another group was creating signage you may someday encounter in a mall or airport, prompting you to answer a trivia question and maybe purchase a movie or song. When you build a high-speed network, said Prabhu, people want to do more on it than just place phone calls.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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