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May 2004

HP Labs' mobile technology demos
at WIRED NextFest

Inaugural event is May 15-16 in San Francisco


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HP Labs will demonstrate three mobile wireless technologies at NextFest, a "mini World's Fair" in San Francisco hosted by WIRED magazine and GE to demonstrate unique inventions from around the world.

The technologies, all advanced prototypes, are designed to showcase new capabilities that could be developed for mobile devices. They are:

  • Websign – an HP technology that incorporates GPS, a wireless Internet connection and a magnetic compass into a mobile communications device. Simply by scanning the vicinity around them, users can access online resources and services based on their physical location.
  • Translating Camera – a combination of HP digital camera technology with wireless Internet and advanced optical character recognition software that provides real-time translation capabilities to ease foreign travel frustrations.
  • Digital Media Viewer with "riffling" technology -- a light, powerful device that includes page-turning software that allows users to "riffle," or flick through, an electronic magazine, book or newspaper via touch-pads.

The HP Labs prototypes are among 70 exhibits in such disciplines as design, security, health and communications.

The event, to be held at San Francisco's Fort Mason, is open to the public on May 15 and 16. On May 14, NextFest is open only to students and nonprofit groups, who receive free admission.

More information on NextFest, including registration, schedules and directions, is available at www.nextfest.net.


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