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Re: [at-l] Technology on the Trail

In a message dated 3/11/2000 2:40:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, pmags@juno.com 

<< As Ron has said, ten years will change th equation. Right now, the
 biggest problem with cell phones in the woods is that celluar technology
 will more often than not reach into the woods.  But what will happen ten
 years from now when sattelite phone technology is afforable for Joe
 Shmoe? >>
Try 10 months. The company I work for, Lucent Technologies, has production 
plans for wireless, compact, and powerful personal communicators. Real Star 
Trek stuff. Working from satellites, not cell towers, the devices will allow 
users to connect with the web, remote access their personal computers, email, 
telephone, take digital video with audio, and have a g.p.s./map system. 
Already in place is a 'panic/911', where one button will pinpoint your 
location within 100 meters, and then signal your exact position when help 
nears, similar to avalanche locators. The Bell Labs folks have even planned a 
vital signs transmitter, a kerchief sized solarpower panel, and a picture 
phone setup. All in a palm-pilot sized package!
TJ < buyin' more stock
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