By Marjorie Gorospe INQUIRER.net WATCHING your favorite TV series is fun, especially if you can watch it all ove r again. Thanks to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), you will soon be watchi ng youâre favorite TV series on-demand on any device. Due to increasing demand for personalization, interactivity, communication and high- definition television experience, telecommunications giant Ericsson has f or years worked on its own innovations on IPTV. Some perceive that IPTV is tele visionâs future. IPTV â a standard that delivers digital television over a networked infrastruct ure, preferably using a broadband Internet connection -- allows users to rewind a newscast or a favorite scene in TV series episode while it is being broadcas t. With IPTV, you wonât need to need to rush home from work to watch your awaited basketball game. It will also allow personalization, meaning parents can, for i nstance, control what content their children can watch. Since IPTV works on a networked infrastructure, Ericsson has shown a pplications that merge text messaging (SMS) technology and content delivery. A text message can, for one, flag parents if their children are about to watch an on-demand movie. In terms of mobility, IPTV also makes it possible for users to watch movies or streaming video content through their mobile devices. There are many possibilities. But just imagine what IPTV can do to transform ou r viewing behavior. Currently, there are pockets of IPTV deployments in the Philippines. Ericsson, however, says IPTV is not yet commercially available in the Philippines. But th e company expects this technology to arrive in the country soon.
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AFTER successfully launching the first underwater unmanned vehicle, research and development firm Roboteknik is developing the co untry's first commercially available unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can b e used for industrial and military purposes. The Custos (Latin for guardian) is a remote controlled aircraft almost two mete rs in length and is similar to some UAVs used in the US, particularly the RQ se ries made by AAI Corporation and Israel Aircraft Industries. The Custos is only about 1.5 meters in length and is powered by a single electr ic jet propulsion engine. The UAV can be outfitted with high resolution close c ircuit television camera for still and video shots, a global positioning system receiver, infrared sensors, among others. The Custos can fly for two hours at a maximum height of 5,000 feet. It can fly within a 10-kilometer range and can be controlled from the ground th rough a mobile command station. The Custos won third prize in last year's Department of Science and Technology âs National Inventors Week Awards. Roboteknik President Michael Poblete said that the company is building an upgra ded version of the original Custos. He said it would be ready by February 2009. Poblete declined to reveal details of the upgraded version but said it would be for an "immediate client." The new UAV, however, will also be used by the military, local government units , law enforcement and agriculture. Poblete said the first UAV model would cost around P90,000 though it might not be used commercially for some time. The price of the upgraded version is yet to be announced.
SOLAR technology in clothes, "talking" to the Internet and personal "digital sh opping assistants:" these innovations will take place in five years or less, IB M said. Now on its third year, IBM's annual Next Five in Five lis ts down innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. IBM says its list is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM's Labs around the world th at can make these innovations possible. "These technologies are in different stages of development right now, and the w ork done in IBM labs all over the world contributes to making these trends into reality," said Lope Doromal, chief technologist for IBM Philippines. Here are IBM's top five innovations forecasted to shape the world -- and human life-- within the next five years: Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, p aint and windows. In the next five years, solar energy will be an affo rdable option for you and your neighbors. Until now, the materials and the proc ess of producing solar cells to convert into solar energy have been too costly for widespread adoption. But now this is changing with the creation of "thin-fi lm" solar cells, a new type of cost-efficient solar cell that can be 100 times thinner than silicon-wafer cells and produced at a lower cost. These new thin-f ilm solar cells can be "printed" and arranged on a flexible backing, suitable f or not only the tops, but also the sides of buildings, tinted windows, cell pho nes, notebook computers, cars and even clothing. You will have a crystal ball for your health. In the next five years, your doctor will be able to provide you with a genetic map that tells y ou what health risks you are likely to face in your lifetime and the specific t hings you can do to prevent them, based on your specific DNA -- all for less th an $200. Ever since scientists discovered how to map the entire human genome, it has ope ned new doors in helping to unlock the secrets our genes hold to predicting hea lth traits and conditions we may be predisposed to. Doctors can use this inform ation to recommend lifestyle changes and treatments. Pharmaceutical companies w ill also be able to engineer new, more effective medications that are targeted for each of us as individual patients. Genetic mapping will radically transform healthcare over the next five years and allow you to take better care of yours elf. You will talk to the Web. . .and the Web will talk back. In th e future, you will be able to surf the Internet, hands-free, by using your voic e -- therefore eliminating the need for visuals or keypads. New technology will change how people create, build and interact with information and e-commerce w ebsites -- using speech instead of text. In places like India, where the spoken word is more prominent than the written word in education, government and culture, "talking" to the Web is leapfrogging all other interfaces, and the mobile phone is outpacing the PC. In the future, through the use of "voice sites," people without access to a personal computer and Internet, or who are unable to read or write, will be able to take advanta ge of all the benefits and conveniences the Web has to offer. You will have your own digital shopping assistants. A combinat ion of new technology and the next wave of mobile devices will give the in-stor e shopping experience a significant boost. Fitting rooms soon will be outfitted with digital shopping assistants -- touch screen and voice activated kiosks th at will allow you to choose clothing items and accessories to complement, or re place, what you already selected. Once you make your selections, a sales associ ate is notified and will gather the items and bring them directly to you. You'll also be able to snap photos of yourself in different combinations and em ail or SMS them to your friends and family for the thumbs upâ¦or the thumbs dow n. Shoppers can access product ratings and reviews from fellow consumers and wi ll even be able to download money-saving coupons and instantly apply them to th eir purchases. Forgetting will become a distant memory. In the next five year s, it will become much easier to remember what to buy at the grocery store, whi ch errands need to be run, who you spoke with at a conference, where and when y ou agreed to meet a friend, or what product you saw advertised at the airport. That's because such details of everyday life will be recorded, stored, analyzed , and provided at the appropriate time and place by both portable and stationar y smart appliances. To help make this possible, microphones and video cameras w ill record conversations and activities. The information collected will be auto matically stored and analyzed on a personal computer. People can then be prompt ed to "remember" what discussions they had, for example, with their daughter or doctor by telephone. Based on such conversations, smart phones equipped with global-positioning tech nology might also remind them to pick up groceries or prescriptions if they pas s a particular store at a particular time. It's not hard to imagine that TVs, r emote controls, or even coffee table tops, can one day be the familiar mediums through which we tap into our digitally stored information.