Some 3 years ago, while driving my car on the way to a client, I thought about the Internet and connectivity. I remembered that sometimes I get bad or no reception at all. This must of happened to you, at least once, while on the road, your mobile reception drops and you lose your internet connectivity.
And so, I was thinking about creating a wide range internet connectivity network, using car-to-car and public transportation vehicles as routes for the network. So, the more players you have on the network, the stronger and more stable it is. For several reasons, back then, I drop this idea and moved on to other projects.
This week, in Portugal, VENIAM was rising, a wireless network was created of WiFi vehicles and public transportation locataions, with the potential of creating a truly smart city.
Many companies are developing and implementing payment systems that use fingerprints, eye scans, blood veins, and heartbeats as payment methods. These methods may well replace the traditional, and easily stolen, plastic credit cards that carry your personal information.
Currently, banks are issuing credit cards that have both the magnetic strip of information and a computer chip embedded in them with personal information; But, they are refusing to demand users input a PIN to access their credit. In their opinion, it is too much of an imposition to force consumers to both sign a receipt and type in a four-number code to ensure their personal information safety.
Biometric Security, is the idea of linking between a person’s unique physical signatures, such as heartbeat or iris prints, to their credit card information. Similar to Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology on the iPhone; The same technology could be used for payment systems.
Bionym has created a device known as Nymi, which has a heartbeat-monitoring armband that can link with a payment terminal to authorize a purchase. The Nymi armband does not even transmit biometric information; instead it confirms a person’s identity through the heartbeat, then encrypts the necessary credit information that can only be read by a payment terminal that reads heartbeats.
Bionym says the Nymi could replace many other items the average consumer carries, such as car keys. The information that can be stored in the Nymi and accessed only through the signature heartbeat is nearly endless.
“You can leave your phone and wallet at home, go for a run, pick up a coffee and snack and return home,” said Bionym president Andrew D’Souza to Mashable.com.
You’ve recently heard about Ubitricity’s mobile charging device – which can diminish the problem of recharge time by allowing drivers to take power from retrofit lamppost anywhere, anytime. Now, Gogoro offer up another solution to accompany the launch of the first Smartscooter.
The Gogoro is a downsizing of Better Place attempt to create a battery swapping framework for electric cars, which folded due to poor sales.
Since scooters are simpler and smaller than cars, they require smaller and cheaper batteries; meaning Gogoro just might succeed where Better Place failed.
A new mobile app, GotIT, hopes to be a one-stop social networking app for shopping in Israel and across the world. Social media is a boon for businesses, providing a cheap way to get the word out on products and services, aimed at the specific demographics most likely to use them.
Lately the MAKERS Movement has been talked about in many places and occasions. Being a Maker means to have a set of diverse capabilities, in both the digital and the physical worlds. But Makers existed for many years, so why is this term, The MAKERS Movement, only now comes to life and what makes today’s Maker different from the “old” Maker?
A few weeks ago, Kevin Boyer who’s a wine lover and Philip James, an entrepreneur, revealed their Miracle Machine. Their product said to turn water and a few ingredients to fine wine.Tag lining it as THE WORLD’S FIRST AFFORDABLE WINEMAKING DEVICE FOR THE HOME.
Customer review sites can give diners a good idea of the quality of a restaurant before they go there, but they can also be unhelpful when opinions are divided or simply too long to read. myfab5 is a new site and app that replaces reviews with a ranking system that gets users to choose their favorite 5 restaurants in each category and location.
The Israeli startup Ping was about to launch its highly-hyped email app, but then, an email message from a Golf company changed their plans.
Ping is an Israeli startup which wanted to launch their promising email-messaging app. The app was told to change the way in which we consume emails and instant messaging. It was covered widely, got great reviews and over 40,000 enthusiastic fans registered to be updated about the launch. Seemed that everything is on the right track, until an email message came and stopped the train. Continue reading Hop, formely Ping, Wants You to Reimagine Your Email→