Newsletter March 2002, Issue 53
Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- Personal Robots: Evolution Robotics,, Robot Information Central,
- Can The Album Survive Digital Music?
- Wireless Streaming: DoCoMo tests Streaming Ads, The SWInG platform, UK aims to resolve mobile phone health fears
- Worth reading: Sonic Fusion
- Conferences & Events

Personal Robots

Evolution Robotics
Companies including Sony, Intel, Lego, Fujitsu and NEC have dedicated unprecedented amounts of R&D investment in the past several years toward personal robotics. The personal robot market has already seen success with the introduction of early prototypes and robots such as AIBO: Sony generated sales well in excess of $250M in its first 18 months. The industry is now looking for functional applications, such as the robotic vacuum prototype developed by Electrolux. As with other industries, one platform will emerge as dominant, much the way the Windows OS did for the PC, that will result in increased development by third-party developers, lower production costs, and streamlined communication between machines. The Evolution Robotics mission is to become the standard platform that will power the advancement and development of personal robots for home and commercial use. Evolution Robotics offers a suite of products and services that enable companies and developers to prototype, program and build robots and robot applications quickly and cost-effectively. The Evolution Robotics Software Platform empowers technical and market leaders to develop functional, personal robotic solutions and turn them into commercially viable products. The platform is available with a Robot Developer Kit so you can begin prototyping and designing right away.
.. news on personal and industrial robotics, robot competitions, and other cool stuff.

Robot Information Central

A source for robot information on the Internet.
Interest in robotics both by children and adults has grown tremendously in the last 5 years. Today there are robot competitions all around the globe for enthusiasts of all ages. Television programs about robot wars receive some of the highest ratings. Robot toys and pets of all kinds fill store shelves. Robotic vacuums lawn mowers and personal assistants although expensive are beginning to be purchased and used by the public. As all these new products hit the shelves the need for a consumer information site is important. With that in mind Balanced Interactive, Inc. has developed The site features the latest robotic news and event information, but the most importantly it features product information and reviews.


Can The Album Survive Digital Music?

< … Compact disc sales fell 3% last year, and are down 8% so far this year, according to SoundScan. The drop is attributed in part to digital downloading and CD burning. There were an estimated 150,000 subscribers to paid music-download services at the end of 2001, according to IDC, with the number expected to rise to 10 million by 2005. Untold others are still downloading for free, waiting to see how the legal issues over online music sharing play out. "Until the record companies find a new business model, where they are again making money on singles, they are still going to push albums," says Owen Sloane, an entertainment lawyer with 30 years in the business. "This digital music and the emphasis on singles in a way brings us back full circle." Under the current system, record companies must kiss a lot of frogs to find a few princes among up-and-coming artists. Companies can spend $1 million to $2 million promoting a new album by a mainstream artist, but only a few of them ever pay off. In 2001, some 30,000 records were released in the U.S. Only 146 of those went gold, meaning they sold 500,000 copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. …. >

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Wireless Streaming

DoCoMo tests Streaming Ads
DoCoMo, Dentsu, Inc. and ActiveSky, Inc. did field trials of wireless streaming advertising from February 15 until March 9. The tests have been conducted in the Tokyo area and incorporated streamed interactive video to individuals who agreed to participate. The companies said that 210 people between the ages of 18 and 35 participated. Participants used wireless-enabled Sharp Zaurus handhelds that incorporate technologies from the three companies. Testers, which the vendors call "monitors," received 15-second streamed ads and could request further streamed content. The ads adhered to individual profiles for each of the users. In addition, the companies tested a system that links the wireless devices to special terminals installed in convenience stores. The terminals responded to streamed promotions, provide sales information and support a frequent buyer's program. The goals of the trial are both to test the technology and how users respond to the ads, the companies said. Last August, the three companies formed the Interactive Mobile Consortium to promote streaming services for mobile advertising.

The SWInG platform
XSVoice's Streaming Wireless Internet Gateway platform streams live and on-demand audio through current-generation WAP-enabled devices. The SWInG platform uses industry-standard hardware available today and is a plug-and-play solution for those wishing to reach customers with live audio streaming. The SWInG platform is designed to enhance the services of content providers, wireless carriers and service providers. The SWInG streaming architecture is the integration of voice and data platforms running a series of applications that enable the streaming of audio media to the current generation of mobile phones. The solution is built around industry standard hardware, runs on the Unix operating system, and is designed to be completely open. This open design approach stimulates usage by companies seeking to enter the mobile streaming market quickly and efficiently. It can operate independently, or in an application service provider model.

UK aims to resolve mobile phone health fears
A major programme of 15 research projects designed to help resolve confusion surrounding the health effects of mobile phones has been announced, funded by the UK government and mobile phone industry. "People want to know the impact being made by mobile phones directly on the human body," says William Stewart, chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR), an independent group of mainly of British university scientists. More at:



Sonaris supports IWA - the International Webcasting Association -

Worth reading

Sonic Fusion
< Scientists have reported that by bombarding a liquid with sound they were able to produce nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus. But their colleagues doubt it. … that nuclear fusion reactions, of the sort that power stars and hydrogen bombs, had been created on a lab bench using little more than a vibrating ring, a neutron gun and a beaker of specially prepared acetone. Add to that the fact, reported in the Washington Post, that at least three of the experts to which the article had been sent for peer review urged Science to reject it. And finally there was the follow-up study (not yet subjected to peer review) by another team at Oak Ridge that claimed that the evidence of fusion reactions disappeared when it repeated the experiment with different sensors and analyzed the data in a different way. …. > Full article at:



Sonaris supports CDeMUSIC:

Conferences & Events

International Sound Symposium
March 1-4, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

The Global Entertainment & Media Summit
December 11-13, New York, USA

Broadband Year 2002
March 4-7, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

The Musiques en Scène Biennal
Exhibitions: March 6 - May 18, 2002; Music events: March 7-26, 2002, Lyon, France

symposium on sound design
March 20-21, 2002, Paris, France

March 24-26, 2002, Dublin, Ireland

NAB 2002
Conferences: April 6-11, 2002; Exhibits: April 7-11, 2002, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Streaming Media West 2002
Conferences: April 23-26, 2002; Exhibits: April 24-26, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

European Media Art Festival 2002
April 24–28, 2002, Osnabrueck, Germany

Switzerland meets The Netherlands
May 7-8, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AES 112th Convention, 2002
May 10-13, 2002, Munich, Germany

IIR's Fourth Annual Streaming Media & Digital Content Delivery
May 13-15, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4th Annual TV Meets the Web Seminar
May 16-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

June 4-8, 2002, Cologne, Germany

World Summit on Internet and Multimedia 2002
June 11-14, 2002, Montreux, Switzerland

MITIL 2002
June 12-14, 2002, Vevey, Switzerland

June 19-21, 2002, Cologne, Germany

Mobile Multimedia Messaging Content & Applications Congress
June 26-28, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 3rd Workshop and Exhibition on MPEG-4
June 25-27, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

NetMedia Awards
July 4, 2002, London, UK

August 15-17, 2002, Cologne, Germany

MIAC 2002
August 25-26, 2002, Toronto, Canada

ICME 2002 - IEEE Int. Conf. & Expo on Multimedia
August 26-29, 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ars Electronica Festival
September 7-12, 2002, Linz, Austria

IBC 2002
Conference September 12-16, 2002, Exhibits September 13-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The NAB Radio Show
September 12-14, 2002, Seattle, WA, USA

Streaming Media East 2002
October 2-4, 2002, New York, NY, USA

AES 113th Convention
October 5-8, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

ISMIR 2002 - 3rd Int. Conf. on Music Information Retrieval
October 13-17, 2002, Paris, France

FUTURE TV Workshop
October 25-31, 2002, Helsinki, Finland

Content Summit 02
November 6-8, 2002, Zurich, Switzerland

NAB European Radio Conference
November 11-13, 2002, Paris, France

WEDELMUSIC 2002 - 2nd Int. Conf. on Web Delivery of Music
December 9-11, 2002, Darmstadt, Germany


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