CTIA Showcases Non-Phone Breakthroughs

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-03-25 Print this article Print

There was more than just cool handsets at CTIA. Here's a look at a few cool phone and wireless add-ons that caught my eye.

Now, heres a brilliant solution for those folks who have thrown out their land lines for cellular. Thats more people than you might think: The CTIA estimated last year that about 10 percent of wireless phone users have replaced their land lines and that 30 million to 40 million additional lines will be shut off in favor of mobile over the coming years. The Dock-N-Talk from Phone Labs Technology Co. Inc. lets you use any standard POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) phone with your cellphone. Plug in up to 150 different types of cellphones into the base station in the middle of the picture, simply plug your home phone into the unit, and youre good to go.
Even better, for homes with multiple POTS phones in different rooms, you can connect the dock to your wiring network and access your cellphone from any room in the house. The device itself, which is available now, costs $140. A phone-specific cradle costs another $15, while a Bluetooth connector costs an additional $70. If youve booted your landline, this seems to be an ideal way to use cellular at home. Were looking forward to testing it in the future. Next page: TomTom and MIO GPS.

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including ExtremeTech.com, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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