Saturday, December 18, 2004

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Mobile PCThe Wonders That Will Be
12:35 PM - Friday, December 17 2004 ~Mobile PC

MicroMedia Paper
For our January issue, Mobile PC featured seven designers and their visions of the future of computing. No drab, text-based prognostication, our feature, "The Wonders That Will Be," covers the products with huge, luscious images and an in-depth discussion of features, costs, and challenges of bringing the products to market. Here is a scaled-down discussion of one of the products: MicroMedia Paper. For the rest of the feature, pick up a newsstand copy of Mobile PC.

MicroMedia Paper
This snapshot-sized display can play music, movies, and more
Price: $50 for a 10-pack
Designer: Lunar Design
Executive Summary: Wafer-thin display and storage finally brings digital media to the familiar format of paper
Tech Barriers: Flexible, disposable displays; radical new GUI; millimeter-thick batteries
Target Market: Photo-sharing families, 35 and up, plus execs wanting fancy business cards
Projected release: 2015

Here's how it works:
MicroMedia Paper schematic

The best features of MicroMedia Paper:

* Ultra-thin power generation technology allows the battery to be contained in a replaceable Power Sticker
* Touch-sensitive controls on the front of the Paper allow the user to play, pause, and scroll through media
* A graphic equalizer allows adjustment to the sound to match the space and source material
* A piezo vibrator provides good sound quality without adding bulk to the unit
* All data transfers take place on over a built-in high-speed wireless connection

Designer Bio: Lunar Design is a creative force in the practice of design and product development in the United States. Lunar’s designers, engineers, and support staff are passionate about integrating art, culture, creativity and personality into their work. Its clients include Hewlett-Packard, Palm, Apple Computer, Microsoft, Philips, Silicon Graphics, Oral-B, Cisco Systems, Acuson, Motorola, and Sony.

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Best Sign that the Legal System Just Might Work:
The RIAA Lost Every Lawsuit in 2004
10:40 AM - Monday, December 6 2004 ~Mobile PC

Lots of stories get written when the Recording Industry Association of America sues people, but not much gets written about the aftermath of those suits.

There should be: In the last 12 months, the RIAA lost a landmark suit against Grokster (essentially legalizing peer-to-peer software), lost a suit to Verizon (holding that it did not have to provide names of its subscribers who the RIAA wanted to sue), and has yet to actually win against any of the thousands of individuals it has sued in court (some of the cases have been settled out of court, most are still pending). Suddenly, the RIAA isn’t looking so much as devastating as it does merely pathetic.

Still, while the RIAA is no longer the legal darling that successfully shut down Napster, it’s done an enormous amount of damage to the technology world (not to mention basic freedom) since it launched this crusade, and the group is far from finished. But here’s hoping some intelligent judges, tech-savvy lawmakers, and an activist public will continue to fight the power in 2005. -Christopher Null

This is an exerpt from Mobile PC's Mobile 50, from our December 2004 isssue. To read the other 49, Subscribe to the magazine...

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