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Lenovo demoed the ThinkPad Z60 family which comes in 14- and 15-inch widescreen models. It also has a roll cage (in the foreground), a stiff inner frame similar to how cars are built to withstand crashes. In addition, ThinkPad Z60 has embedded WWAN with EvDO technology. The Z series comes in the usual black case and there is an option for a titanium cover.
DEMOfall 05 didn't have many companies in the RFID and sensor network category. One of the exceptions was Tendril, which has a developed a wireless sensor network middleware platform for Java. According to the company founders, Randy Willig and Tim Enwall, the software platform automatically recognizes and authenticates new sensors, catalogues their capabilities, assigns programmer property names to each capability, applies event-based rules to each property, issues reliable commands to controls based on those events, and handles routing, power management and monitoring. A .Net version is in the works.
Stanford "persuasive technology" researcher B.J. Fogg believes that the over-50 crowd online, especially women, will become avid users of YackPack , an asynchronous instant audio messager. "Our audience will pay for things that give them emotional satisfaction," Fogg said, who founded the company. The Web app will go into testing in mid-November, and Fogg is looking to make deals with organizations like the AARP.