Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Have the clocks changed?

The clocks change twice a year and these days your computer and your phone automatically make the switch. Well, most of the time they do. My Apple iMac at home and my IBM notebook at the office both seemed to know that this year in the US the clocks don't change 'till next weekend. For some reason however, my cell phone and my work phone have already decided to turn the hands back an hour. This is truly annoying when it comes to my cell phone as it happens to be a Treo on the ATandT network (for some reason btw Blogger won't let me use the 'and' symbol). This means it also carries my calendar. So when I check my calendar on my phone most of my meetings are all in the wrong place. When my phone made the switch on Sunday I assumed it was a Treo problem but my wife's Blackberry, which is also on ATandT, did the same. My assumption is therefore that ATandT goofed up. You would think that by now someone at ATandT would have noticed and corrected it. Unfortunately what seems to have happened is that when they did notice they had a meeting that presumably went like this: "we messed up on the clocks going back Carl." "I know Bob but only by a week." "Oh well, let's just leave it then, most people have watches anyway."


Anonymous said...

The successful solution combining projectors and mobile phone technology

In the past 10 years we have seen and experienced how cameras, radio’s, computers, digital video recorders, music players, game consoles and TV technology were embedded into mobile phones. All these technologies have been popular with mobile phone users except TV. The reason for this was the display screens of mobile phones were too small to watch TV conveniently (size and comfort). The only solution was to enlarge your mobile display screen. Research have shown, the successful technology enlarging your mobile phone screen will grow into the next 100$ Billion industry (currently over 2 Billion mobile users worldwide).

The most logical solution was to merge projectors and mobile phone technology. Microvision, Texas Instruments – DLP, Explay, Epson and Philips, Light Blue Optics etc. started investing hundreds of millions of dollars to be the first company to successfully combine this new technology. They knew successfully combining projectors and mobile phones will result in an even bigger demand to watch TV on your mobile phone (Mobi TV, SeeMeTV ect.), playing games on your mobile phone (Xbox etc.) and using your mobile phone as a computer (Windows mobile etc.).

The current solution: projectors embedded into mobile phones

The main reasons for projectors embedded into mobile phones and not keeping them as two separate units are: that no one wants to carry a mobile phone in one pocket and a projector in the other. And radios, cameras etc. have successfully been embedded into mobile phones. (Research shows people do want everything in one device)

Why projectors embedded into mobile phones won’t work and not be user-friendly:

1. Firstly, you will not be able to move your mobile phone during projection because you will distort the projecting image.
2. When you are playing games with your projector embedded mobile phone you will have to keep your hands still, so you don’t distort the projected image while trying to play a game. (this will be humanly impossible)
3. You won’t be able to receive or make any calls, SMS or E-mail’s while you’re favourite Sports, Music, or Movie show is on, except if you are willing to interrupt the show and whoever is watching with you while an important call, SMS or E-Mail is coming in or needs to go out (average time spend watching TV on mobile phones to increase to 25 minutes in less than 5 years and even more with projector mobile phones). Naturally you will also lose your focus and need adjust your projector embedded mobile phone back into focus once your call, SMS or e-mail has finished.
4. You will have to get up every time from your couch to switch a channel for TV on your projector embedded mobile phone when your phone is projecting from any flat surface.
5. You will face the same problem with your digital video recorder on your projector embedded mobile phone. Every time you want to play, pause, forward or rewind you will need to get up from your chair, couch or bed to execute one of these functions.
6. Lastly the use of currently available “hands free” devices, such as Bluetooth and Wibree headsets, does not alleviate the above mentioned problems as these devices have limited capability and generally only allow calls to be answered. Some mobile telephones permit voice dialling using hands free devices but this too is of limited use as it requires that each number to be dialled have a pre-recorded voice clip associated with it. This is generally inconvenient and often ineffective. As a consequence, this feature will not either permit full use of the mobile telephone whilst the projector is in use.

Our solution

Making your projector attached to your mobile phone – TO SEPARATE WHEN NEEDED. “The projector part” will project any image received from “the phone part”. “The phone part” will be capable of operating as a phone, TV, remote control, game controller for games, music player, radio, pointing device during a presentation, internet browsing tool etc. “The phone part” will communicate through a wireless protocol images of TV, video, sound etc. to “the projector part”. If not projecting, “the phone part” and “projector part” can be attached to one another to form one device and carry in one pocket.

Why your projector attached to your mobile phone will work and be user-friendly:

1. Firstly you will be able to move “the phone part” during projection.
2. You will be able to play games with “the phone part” being your game controller unit while “the projector part” will be projecting the images of the games you are playing.
3. You will be able to make and receive calls, SMS and E-mails with “the phone part” while your family or friends are watching a TV program from your projector of your mobile phone.
4. “The phone part” will be your remote control for your TV and Video recorder on your mobile phone. You will have the convenience of relaxing on your couch and using “the phone part” to changing channels, playing, pausing, forwarding and rewinding the images projected by “the projector part”.
5. You will be able to use all the other functions in “the phone part” like taking photo’s, listening to radio and music, mobile banking etc. while someone is watching TV on the projector of your mobile phone.

Attaching projectors to iPods, laptops, play stations and digitals cameras etc. is the next logical solution.

Very soon (research shows in early 2010) you will be carrying a projector attached to your mobile phone, a TV, a Camera, a Radio, a Digital video recorder, a Music Player, a Satellite decoder, a Game console, a Radio, a Camera and Computer in one pocket.

Anonymous said...

Of slightly more use than the last comment from the Planet Weird, what you need to do is install a patch on your own Treo. Here's the link

You need to install this patch or the same thing will happen to you next year.

Blackberry users had to install a similar patch too.

Unless you registered your email address with Palm for support they'd have no way to contact you specifically to tell you to install this patch, they can't tell what email addresses are being used by Treo users.

However, your IT department know you've got a Treo and they know what your email address is so you may want to have a word with them ...

Tim Dyson, CEO of Next Fifteen said...

strangely this problem solved itself within a day of me making this post. Nothing to do with my blog entry I'm sure.

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