Photos: What's inside France Telecom's Paris R&D Labs

Photos: What's inside France Telecom's Paris R&D Labs

Summary: Mobile TV glasses, LED sweaters and a full-size virtual boss

TOPICS: Networking

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  • This device is designed to allow the wearer to watch TV on the move. Video clips are streamed from a mobile phone, connected using an EDGE network, into two tiny screens inside the specs, while earphones provide the sound.

    The thinking behind this is privacy - the user can watch TV on the train while dodging shoulder surfers. It's expected to debut in October or November.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

  • This dongle is part of the France Telecom's Quintesens device and works alongside another desktop bit of kit to provide submersive gaming or, according to France Telecom, even train up surgeons.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

  • The Quintesens system works by providing games to tickle the five senses. This tower has five different reservoirs for scents so, say, if a gamer has his character run into a field of daffodils - or a manure heap - the Quintesens tower will provide the smell.

    The dongle (previous page) is the system's input method - allowing a gamer to pick up and move objects by making the corresponding move with the dongle. The device will change resistance and texture to reflect what the gamer is carrying, so from an anvil to a grape, the game feels as realistic as possible.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

Topic: Networking

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