Real-Time Ball

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Real-Time Ball

The European passion for football (what we in the United States call soccer) brought about the creation of a wireless location system that can tell exactly where the ball is in real time. This has proven to be a great help in training, and in knowing when a ball is out of bounds or makes a goal in a real game. It can be used in American football, but more important, the technology can be used in real-time materials tracking.

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The radio transponder inside the soccer ball, combined with external sensors, lets the precise location of the ball be tracked. But it doesn't have to be a soccer ball. The same technology can be used to track products through the manufacturing process or a shipping warehouse.

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Wireless Lifting

Still's new wireless forklift can be tracked, and in some cases operated through a wireless link. It retains the driver's position so that the device can be used outside of wireless range.

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Still Cube

Still's Cube XX modular materials-handling device can be anything from a pallet carrier to a tug, if configured properly. It can be operated remotely, automatically or a driver's position can be installed.

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Need for Speed

Germans love speed, and now that 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology is being implemented by T-Mobile, speed has translated into a connection with Audi, just in case anyone didn't get the speed message the first time around.

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Acer was showing what the company said was its new Ultrabook. To me, it seemed a lot like a really skinny netbook that costs more.

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Windows 8 tablet

PaceBlade was the first out of the chute with a Windows 8 tablet. The combination between this tablet, the PM240 semi-rugged tablet and Windows 8 was a happy one. The Metro interface operated intuitively, it was smooth and responsive, and it made clear why Microsoft is aiming this OS at the tablet market.

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Boot to Gecko

T-Mobile and Mozilla were showing off Boot to Gecko phones. This is an open wireless platform that uses apps written in Javascript. The result is a flexible, low-cost smartphone that makes custom app development easy and quick.

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