Police Car of the Future…Powered By NEC

altNEC has been working with GM, LAPD and the Australian National Safety Agency to develop a next generation police vehicle.  RoboCop it is not…but still very cool.

NEC has been a technology leader in automobile technologies for some time now.  Projects include image recognition in vehicles and car 2 car communications.  Now here’s the latest:

The solution is based on NEC’s Mobile Access Controller (MAC), an integrated voice and data communications platform.

The technology will also be available in domestic vehicles.

One of the key advantages of the solution is a large, purpose designed touch screen monitor which is embedded into the vehicle dashboard. The screen provides a consolidated user interface and solves key occupant safety issues by reducing equipment clutter.

In addition to the built in LCD display, NEC is providing the following as part of the vehicle package:

• High performance built in touch screen display
• MAC Applications Processor to provide rugged in-vehicle computing
• MAC IP Services Module to provide secure, reliable network connectivity
• MAC Intelligent Vehicle Controller to manage vehicle power and provide fleet management functionality.

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Get Out Your 3D Glasses…for LTE troubleshooting

There has been a lot of technology advancements in LTE/4G wireless as of late. And leading that front is NEC. They can add another innovation feather to their cap. On the heels of announcing the world’s smallest LTE transmitter, NEC can now look at LTE transmission patterns in 3D. If you want to see the wave patterns of radio devices (like cell towers, WiFi access points, etc) you would usually have a tool that showed you the top-down (2D) layout. However, if you are trying to fine tune for better reception to the top of a high-rise building, 2D just isn’t going to cut it. NEC’s software gives the user both the horizontal and vertical patterns. And no 3D glasses are required J

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NEC’s Advancements in Facial Recognition

Facial RecognitionLast week we installed one of the coolest demos I have had in the EBC since PaPeRo.  It’s a facial recognition software that can detect your age, race and gender. This demographic information could be used, in a digital signage environment, to present you with targeted advertising based on your demographics.

For the most part the prototype has been pretty accurate. Every once and a while it thinks I’m the age of my parents (must be the reflection from my bald head).  As long as I don’t start to get an ad that tells me I should take advantage of the new SENIOR DISCOUNTS, I’m OK with it.

NEC has been a leader in the biometrics space for over 40 years and recently won a content sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security for the greatest accuracy with facial recognition.  Their False Rejection Rate was 2.1% and False Acceptance Rate was .1%.  I’m still deciding if I should be afraid or excited.

More on NEC’s Facial Recognition

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Apple Not the Only Company to be Releasing a Tablet

This story comes via the Best Mobile Contracts blog site…it’s a good one!

altBefore you can even say Google Chrome, NEC has already announced that it will be releasing a Google Tablet in Japan.

Yes, just a few days after the Apple iPad has been confirmed, it appears that Google is right there matching their main mobile gadget competitor in every step of the way. With the HTC Google Nexus One already stealing most of the spotlight, it was a nice change of pace to see some non-Google news when Apple announced that they will finally be unleashing their much anticipated tablet. But just when the diversion was sinking in, NEC comes out with their tablet gizmo.

NEC Biglobe’s “Cloud Device” is a pretty little gadget that gives you a 7 inch LCD touch screen, on a device that is 7.8 x 4.7 x .5 in. large, weighs .8lbs and supports WiFi.

There is a lot of promise in the device and it is estimated that the NEC device will be using the Android OS (not Chrome) and will have a price tag of somewhere around $275 US.

Since the main purpose of the tablets is for casual browsing, it is expected that the hardware on this gadget will be somewhat close to the specs of the iPad , if not a little lower. The device is confirmed to support 3G/WiMax in Japan and will be compatible with microSD cards for expandable memory. According to the image screenshots the name of the product is WebStation and it will serve as can serve as a desktop clock or calendar when not in use.

A Real Life Foreign Film

Real Life foreign film

I was watching an Italian film the other day that had subtitles throughout the entire movie (as most foreign films do).  It was awkward at first, having to change my focus between the words on the bottom of the screen and the actor’s faces.  However, after about 20 minutes I caught myself in sort of a “language zone”.  I stopped focusing on the words and focused more on the actors.  My brain was still processing the subtitles but I didn’t have to focus on them as much.  It was like I could suddenly speak Italian!

This “language zone” (not an official term) is what I hope to experience when I start to use NEC’s new Translation Glasses.   NEC has had real-time translation for a number of years now through cell phones.  But now they have changed the communication method from voice to visual.

In addition to processing and translating the foreign language, the glasses will project (for only your eyes to see) in subtitles what that person is saying.  You can maintain eye contact with the other person but understand exactly what they are saying.  Before you know it you will be in the “language zone”.