cebit 2008

TomTom GO 930, 730 & 530 with new HD GPRS traffic receiver

TomTom GO 930, 730 & 530 with new HD GPRS traffic receiver

TomTom have launched a new range of in-car GPS sat nav units at CeBIT 2008 today, together with a GPRS-enabled traffic receiver that plugs directly into a car's cigarette lighter.  The three new devices, the 930, 730 and 530, all feature the company's new IQ Routes technology which not only takes into account distance and permitted road speeds in calculating routes but also real-world typical speeds.  TomTom are claiming that in 50-percent of journeys this new algorithm results in a different, quicker route than before.  The GPS units also add Advanced Lane Guidance, which introduces more realistic junction diagrams, arrows indicating lane transitions and better voice prompts. 

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Massive Software – showing off early SkyNet prototypes

Massive Software – showing off early SkyNet prototypes

Massive software is at CeBIT this year, now you might be wondering why we are writing about a software company, that would be because they have decided to start applying their talents to robots. In fact, their display has a robot showing off their new AI software that allows the robot to intelligently learn and change his reaction to the same stimuli if need be.

So basically, we need to start finding the real John Connor now, or we’re all screwed. The robot (or the software, or both) is called Zeno.

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OpenScape UC by Siemens: High-Def video conferencing

OpenScape UC by Siemens: High-Def video conferencing

Not content with announcing a new video conferencing system, Siemens have in fact unveiled a whole new protocol: called OpenScape Unified Communications Server, it integrates high-definition video, desktop video, voice and messaging into existing VoIP or PBX based systems, whether provided by Siemens or from another company.  At CeBIT 2008 today, they presented three products based on OpenScape UC: the OpenScape Video range comprising three HD camera-toting devices and a PC soft client.  Top of the range is the VHD 600, with an HD camera, CD-quality microphone and a codec that can bridge up to six parties on a single video conference call. 

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