[LINK] Child control/safety devices
Thu, 15 Mar 2001 08:22:26 +1100
Speaking of 'protecting the children' and white lists as Greg mentioned, I
saw a very neat device for just this thing yesterday on a US tv
program. It's called the Wee-mote, and is a channel limiter for cable tv
access. Parents can set it so that the kids have a way to move around the
various 'child friendly' channels.
Also on the same program were some new devices in the US in other areas:
1) a Kodak combination film/dig camera on the Advantix (?) format. You
take the pic, then can preview it immediately. They didn't say if it went
onto film immediately or was transferred there after, but it does allow you
to modify the image, so maybe it is a delayed transfer on request. At any
rate, they said you could indicate how many copies you wanted printed of
that particular image when you put the film in for processing.
2) Audrey - from 3Com. It's a limited purpose computer with built in
calendaring, diary, address/phone directory, email, webserver, and also
allows for a docking station for your palm pilot to coordinate
with. Audrey uses both a keyboard and a touch screen and stylus entry
interface. It blinks when there is email waiting. The example for
demonstrating was a family with four kids and two working parents who
needed a new method for coordinating their schedules. Price was under $500US.
3) The Palm organiser mentioned with Audrey was also cool, incorporating a
standard mobile phone, so that the phone directory can be used as a dialler
as well as the standard stylus accessible info storage.
4) This next one looked like an ERG product, the 'smart' service control
systems people. It is a 'wand' that attaches to your keyring and somehow
OKs purchases at petrol [US: gas] stations. You fill your tank, then pass
this wand over the sensor to authorise the direct payment. Similar in
outcome to the bowsers with EFT card services. The one demonstrated was
5) The last one I remember was a personal locator/safety device for
children. It incorporates satellite location and mapping output. Also has
a dialler to emergency services, one would assume in case the kid is being
There were a few others that were less impressive, one down right dangerous
which was a camera/monitor system for driving parent to watch baby in
capsule in the back seat! -cootchy, cootchy, crash!
All this should be on oprah.com, but evidently their site got hijacked,
because I got a porn site then the pink panther for an mp3 site! uh-oh.....
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