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Personal 4G-ready wireless hotspot

For the old and infi rm, modern mobiles can be a challenge. Emporia’s designers have been collaborating with specialists at the Engineering Design Centre of the University of Cambridge, who created this stiffened glove to simulate the handicap of arthritic fi ngers

We just put in a battery and we can talk. “T is concept is simple, and you can have

a lot of opportunity that people think about how to use this phone. So we have a lot of emergency, like disaster, earthquake, tsunami, when people always have a shortage of power.” Not being locked to any network, the phone

is also suitable for travellers, he said. T e user can slip in a local SIM to avoid international roaming charges, but can make emergency calls even without a SIM. Or the device can be used as a children’s phone, with the emergency but- ton programmed to call the parents.

Creating touch sensations Vibrating alerters and keypad feedback are a familiar feature of smartphone use, and tech-

Emporia’s phone can be paired with this watch, which looks like an ordinary wristwatch but provides easy remote activation of the emergency call system

And its built-in GPS device helps to direct aid to the right location. All Emporia’s models have a built-in torch,

plus volume controls and a lock on the side, for easy and intuitive operation.

Battery power Another handset with a specialized mission is the SpareOne (right), billed as the only mobile phone that runs on a single AA battery. Placed in glovebox or emergency kit, it will remain available for use throughout the lithium cell’s 15-year shelf-life, but when activated it can provide up to 10 hours of talk time. “Normally 99 per cent of phones are user-re-

chargeable”, explained Douglas Chen, chief ex- ecutive of TennRich International Corporation of Taiwan. “T is one doesn’t need a rechargeable.

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sharpening focus on machine-to-ma- chine communications and the future

Internet of Things was a feature of this year’s Mobile World Congress. Among the M2M module manufacturers exhibiting was Nova- tel Wireless, which is now also moving into insurance telematics and fl eet management, following its acquisition of the US telematics specialist Enfora. Meanwhile, Novatel has been extending

its successful MiFi range of personal wireless hotspots, which provide convenient broad- band Internet access for one or more nearby Wi-Fi devices. One of the latest, announced recently in the US with the network operator Verizon Wireless, is the MiFi 4620L (pictured above). “The thing that’s unique about this is it’s a 4G LTE device for Verizon Wireless with fallback to EVDO, but it’s also quad band HSPA+ dual-carrier as well”, explained Iain Renwick. “This gives you global roaming. Verizon say it will give you a connection potentially in 205 countries.”

Streaming GPS Another special point is the comprehensive graphical display, which enables users and connections to be managed directly, without having to connect and enter a special web page. “You can fi nd out who is connected, their password, battery strength, how many people are connected and who is connected”, Mr Renwick continued. And he added: “You can also read SMS on this device. So if, for instance, you are travelling and your carrier wants to say ‘Welcome to Spain’ or whatever, and the rates, you can get that directly on the MiFi, which we think is really important.” Other features of this model are that it

Douglas Chen with the super-simple SpareOne GSM phone. It can be decorated with promotional branding for special purposes or events

not only receives GPS but can stream it over Wi-Fi for client computers to use. Novatel believes that it is the fi rst to offer this. It also supports 10 local connections rather than the usual fi ve, and is to be supported by an extended battery allowing more than eight hours of operation.


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