Sunday, September 03, 2017

Evolution of The SmartWatch

This post was made in relation to the TI Chronos and Casio watches, The early Smartwatches. Some parts of this post removed, but this was the post in one of my other blogs that triggered the Smartwatch fever that you see today.

This is not a HandHeld Gizmo but a Gizmo that Holds your Hand and Cling to the Body. Wearable Wireless Computers. The first Smart Wristwatch according to my knowledge was created by Casio. it had many functions including a calculator and calender,

Release of databank telephone number storage wristwatch CD-40

Casio CD-40-Databank Calculator

January 1984 - "Casio released watches with various advanced features, including a calculator function (C-80 released in 1980), and a dictionary function (T-1500 Walking Dictionary released in 1982). The company wanted to see the wristwatch evolve from a simple device for telling time to an information device on the wrist."

Casio Spotlights Leadership in Smartwatches

"This watch further advanced the concept of an information device on the wrist, and became a major hit product, selling a record total of six million units in the five years after its release."

A smartwatch or smart watch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device

Earlier post in delabs Notes

(Posted many years ago in my other tech blogs and sites.)

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

When i saw this i remember my High School friend, he had built an advanced DIY Wrist Watch with LED Display and Radio, there was a temperature display too. A Gizmo WristWatch around 1980! ... his Gizmo got many students wildly interested in Electronics. He also developed a Learning Kit 'for 555.

Here is one such Temperature, Wireless, USB Data Logger Watch Development Tool. But for an entirely New Generation.

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.

SmartPhone Protection with SmartWatch

Phones can be Bluetooth Paired with Smart Wristwatch, both Scream when distance above 3+ feet. This will work also with a SmartHeadset when you are wearing that.

An internal supercap powered location pinging system that keeps sending signals to the tower even after battery is removed. This could also be used with SmartHeadset as a 'locate misplaced phone feature" when you have forgotten the phone at a shop, office or restaurant.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

USB or Ethernet Processing Boost

A software and External Hardware, Interfacing on LAN or USB or even WiGig when it comes. The hardware contains HDD/Flash, RAM and RAW Processing power. This is not like Hyper Threading or multi-core cpu, but addresses same issue.

USB or Ethernet Processing Boost

The Software sees resources load on PC and when it feels RAM, CPU or HDD is getting stressed; it moves some work to the external box which is on standby consuming low power. Like playing music is lesser priority then say checking email. The Software Resource manager moves the Music Player and dependencies open in RAM to the Resource outside via USB and makes a Glitch-less switch. This can be remembered as a setting and used whenever the external resource is plugged in. Like RAID but for Home/Small Office users to use redundant capacities. Hardware scales up/down with needs and does not hog electrical power.

A lot of Processing Power and other resources go waste, consuming valuable energy in the present desktops. How faster things can be if all peripherals were on TCP/IP and Wireless (optical). This way an external resource box can directly play the speakers or print too without taking Main CPU time.

delabs - 2009

Friday, September 01, 2017

Texas Instruments - Tech Pioneer

Texas Instruments, better known in the electronics industry (and popularly) as TI, is an American company based in Dallas, Texas, USA, renowned for developing and commercializing semiconductor and computer technology.

Texas Instruments - TI Semiconductors

Chip IC Products include Solutions in Analog, DSP- Digital Signal Processing, Power Management, A/D Converter, Microcontroller based Systems, Mixed Signal Designs, Multiplexers and Thermal Management Solutions.

A Vintage Calculator from TI

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments - wiki

TI produced the world's first commercial silicon transistor in 1950, and designed and manufactured the first transistor radio in 1954. Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958 while working at TI's Central Research Labs.

TI also invented the hand-held calculator in 1967, and introduced the first single-chip microcontroller (MCU) in 1970, which combined all the elements of computing onto one piece of silicon.

Texas Instruments - TI Semiconductors

A Developer Evaluation Embedded System

Texas Instruments Embedded Portfolio Overview is made up of three sub-divisions: Wireless, Microcontrollers, and Processors

Embedded processors are the processing brains of electronics that gather inputs from analog chips and perform computational processing to operate a system.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Ultimate Software Protection

This is an idea of a costly way of protecting your software IP, We now have Flash USB thumb drives going upto 100Mb, You now need to make an ASIC for a thumb drive which manages flash storage of 100Mb and also does some simple logic and maths, all this inside the thumb drive. - 2003

Now put the software you make within the custom thumb drive and make it into an partial java based application server. So even copying or reading RAM will not expose the program binaries on PC. Now you have a custom thumb drive with embedded application software to sell just like objects, and cannot be copied. This thumbware you sell will be bought by the user and all he needs to do is plug it in the USB port and a icon will come with a balloon in the notification area and start using the new thumbware you bought. Remove thumbware the application will close, take it wherever you want.

Image created around 2012

Ultimate Software Protection

The thumbware will not be copied as ASIC is custom and some computation is within the thumb and major computation is in the PC.

Then you can make it OS independent, as it will be a embedded java application, the xml database can be within the thumb itself and an encrypted copy on HDD.

Now with Cloud Computing and Saas, you can have part of the Software Elements as Webware. This makes the software more copy-proof and also helps backup your data if needed as a service. Then the biggest advantage is, that it is available on any type of device like Tablet or Phone. - 2014

delabs Open Computing Ideas - 2003 - Open Source

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Software GUI Ergonomics

The GUI or graphic user interface must be of three types one for the 'novice' another for the 'expert' and lastly one for the 'hacker', a programmer should not assume that other users think like him. There needs to be 3 levels of GUI.

Some software which has a simple wizard for simple tasks. also programs must work downward 2 processor and OS versions if you want the product to be usable by many.

Good multiple high color icons. install with path option, add icon on desktop option. settings independent of registry. a compiled html help or *.chm. file. a good toolbar with tooltips. shortcuts of main functions. wizards for new users. tabbed advanced options. if possible skins. compact program size. when i see these features. then i know it is a real good product. - 2002

Below is an imaginary UI i whipped up a decade ago to explain this usability. The secret is "no menus". We need buttons all over the place, tabs are good. Advanced Controls hidden or visible on demand. Then a persistent, never hidden "settings icon" with a prominent "reset to defaults". Lastly a UI password admin lock, to prevent any alteration by public users on community/office consoles, machines and gadgets.

Image added around 2010

Software GUI Ergonomics

Too many Knobs, Dials, Switches and Buttons Cluttering the Front panel of an Instrument or Web-application or Software can overwhelm the user and he may not be able to use it properly or may even lead to misuse. So..... we need to use things like euro-controls that was done for Philips TV etc. or Sensible Wizards like in some software . The Advanced options should be available for those who need it. - 2004

delabs Open Computing Ideas - 2004 - Open Source

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Electronic Solar Umbrella

There are places like your Backyard, outdoors, a village... where your Gadgets will stop working !!!

You will feel suffocated when your Smartphone or Tablet fails to respond to your caring strokes. Your Dupey is perishing due to Undernourishment. All you need is "Electronic Solar Umbrella" which was invented by me delabs on June 1st 2014.

Electronic Solar Umbrella

The Red Light is for Data Networking SmartUmbrellas using Advanced Multi-Threaded Infra Red Technology.

SUN - Smart Umbrella Networking

Resources - Electronic Firms and Electronic Projects.

I just invented the SmartUmbrella - My Drone is Rushing to the Patent Office. Keep this confidential till my drone returns safely, the beagle boys are using Blimps with Large Magnets to capture Drones.

Another model with an ability to charge Notebooks, Netbooks would be good. If i am allowed to stretch my imagination …..A Networked Model with an embedded Wi-Fi Repeater, which will just connect with other Home Products which have embedded Wi-Fi Repeaters. These form an endless wireless Daisy Chain of Gadgets in the Neighborhood. When a couple of these gadgets are connected to Internet and Mains Power, the whole chain goes online. The Lamps can also double up as flash media servers.

Just like 3G, 4G, 5G in the end will become WiG. A Hybrid WiFi authenticated by 5G technology. WiFi using a Chain of HotSpots on the ground is better than AnyG or nG Towers. If everyone watches HD Youtube Videos at the same time, the towers will come crashing. Wireless Optics are even better, better than anything, for large data transfers in homes, offices.

Hence with Wi-Fi chain and Tablets you got Web at low power. Web means PDF and HTML = Knowledge Data and Power. This power must be a low energy burden.

A Mini Solar Station and 24V Green 100W Bus in the Home can Power the Wi-Fi and Lamps. Recharge the tablets and keep working and learning. This is the worst case scene when we have energy shortage.

The Long term solution for Energy is Solar, Wind and Most important Ethyl Alcohol employed in the proper way to power Mini Generators and Automobiles.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Usability and Accessibility Enhancements

Tablets have tools for Communication, Browsing and Many Utilities. It needs to be usable by very old people and very young ones as well.  They need to be affordable and Robust too. Ability to survive falls, Grime, Water and Heat. It should be usable by people having Health issues too.

Usability and Accessibility Enhancements

Alert sounds likes chimes and rings are not enough, The Tablet must be able to yell and scream when it is far from the owner. The user needs to wear  a Bluetooth pendent with microphone .

When charge is low, it has to create a tantrum till it is fed...up. Some pricey models can have tiny wheels to move to the closest charging bunk. Some Vacuum Cleaners are able to move and recharge themselves.

When a SMS lands, it is able to read out loud and take a reply by voice and send it at once. Similarly the email could work on the tablets, all hands-free. The speakers and quality audio are on the tablet/pad and the pendent is just an additional microphone with bluetooth and vibrator with a titillate option.

Incoming  calls can move in tandem with an answering device and make loud Audio Visual Effects to get the attention of the Owner. The caller cannot wait, so the answering machine takes the call, says "please wait" and then rings the Alert Alarm Bells and even vibrates the Pendent. The Senior now can talk to the pendent and will get the caller's voice loud on the Phone. The Phone Audio has to be very good and loud.

If the room has a connected HD Monitor, even that can be used for the communication purpose. The user just needs to click the pendent to answer a call or video chat with family friends. In Business too, Large monitors and Loud Speakers can improve communication.

Smart PowerPacks or PowerBanks+ can be the Charging Stations. The Power Packs with docks can have the wheels and intelligence to recharge the device on alert, they will also recharge themselves from the mains power, whenever required.

Expensive Phone or PowerPack Models can have Drone Mode. I say this emphatically because the Dilbert Dupey develops wings after the mutation, This indicates that quad-copters, drones were predicted. It could be that, One fine Day the Tablet+ may Fly!

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