Archive for the ‘legal’ Category

Think and (Don’t) Speak

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Following up on recent posts about ubiquitous computing, here is a video that I saw: a neckband that can process the signals your brain sends to your vocal chords and can speak for you! The video is not the best quality, but is interesting nonetheless.. (no more listening to someone else shouting down their mobile phone?)

Movida Tech en BCN

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Baja Beach Club in Barcelona. Bikini-clad waitresses serve drinks to guest as a DJ mixes music from a motorboat perched above the dance floor. The club is the biggestg “beach club” in Barcelona and has also a member-only VIP area. To be a member, you need to get implanted an RFID tag in your arm. The tag is encoded with your credit card number for quick and easy payment. Conrad Chase (the club’s owner) points out that many people already have pierciengs and tattoos. “Having a radio-transmitting chip under your skin makes you very unique”, he says. Ya, right!

American Express is a step ahead of Conrad. The company has patented a technique to track people in the public places based on the RFID tags in their clothing and products they carry.

(more on The Economist, April 28th ’07)

Make private copying legal

Monday, November 27th, 2006

There’s a petition on the Prime Minister’s new petitions website that
is trying to make private copying legal, such as when you copy your
CDs onto your MP3 player, which is currently illegal in UK.