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Photos: Android, high-tech Heathrow, the future of shopping

silicon.com's Photos of the Month - February...
By Tim Ferguson, Contributor on
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silicon.com's Photos of the Month - February...

The biggest mobile trade show in the world, aptly called Mobile World Congress 2008, took place in Barcelona in February.

silicon.com reporter Natasha Lomas was at the event and gave a behind the scenes peak of the big event.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas

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Hundreds of bags wait to be loaded into the high tech baggage system at Heathrow's brand new Terminal 5. The system at British Airways' (BA) new home can process 12,000 bags per hour.

silicon.com took an exclusive look around the terminal to see what customers can expect when it opens on 27 March.

We also took a look at the technology which keeps the terminal and BA's Heathrow operations up and running behind the scenes.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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Meanwhile, Heathrow's Terminal 3 and Emirates Airlines are running a trial of RFID technology to keep track of baggage on flights to and from Dubai.

This shows the RFID reader logging items of luggage in the conveyor to make sure it ends up at the right destination.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Nick Heath

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This is the Discover section of Nokia's new store on Regent Street in London which opened its doors in February.

Customers can use touchscreens and laptops to find out about different mobile devices and services offered by Nokia.

Check out what else the Finnish mobile giant has done to impress customers.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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Google's much discussed mobile phone operating system, Android, made its debut on devices from several companies at Mobile World Congress.

This is a developer device display at the Texas Instruments stand. See what you can expect from Google's first foray into mobile tech.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas

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silicon.com took a look at what shopping in the future might be like at the Retail Business Show in London.

This is Adwalker's wearable screen and tablet PC which can be used to promote offers to customers around the shop.

See what else is in the pipeline for shoppers.

Photo credit: Julian Goldsmith

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One of the more unusual stories in February was about a mobile phone network for the moon. Nasa and the British National Space Centre intend to test a system to serve a lunar base planned for 2020.

Check out how the lunar network might work when it gets under way in 2012.

Photo credit: BAE Systems

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It seems wi-fi is getting ever more omnipresent with Manchester indoor ski slope, Chill Factore, installing a free wireless network across its ski village.

This ice-covered device is one of the five wi-fi mesh access points that support the network. See more pics here.

Photo credit: Chill Factore

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Nokia announced its 6210 Navigator phone at Mobile World Congress which features Maps 2.0 which essentially makes is a sat-nav for the pedestrian.

Here's the phone in action on one of walking tours around Barcelona that Nokia arranged to show off the device.

Find out how well it worked here.

Photo credit: Marguerite Reardon/CNET News.com

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Accenture showed off its 'interactive wall' at its R&D labs in France bringing to mind sci-fi film Minority Report.

Tapping on the screens allows people to access information or video, navigate menus or play games.

See how else the tech can be used in our photo story.

Photo credit: Accenture

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