The Internet will become more closely tied to the physical world as more online data are gathered from cameras, microphones and sensors of all kinds, write Jennifer Pahlka and Tim O'Reilly. In this new era of the Web, which O'Reilly and Pahlka are calling "Web Squared," the most vital technologies will be augmented reality and applications that operate without direct human action, they write.
Sanyo Consumer Electronics and TomTom are joining forces to develop built-in multimedia navigational systems for the automotive market by the end of 2010. The companies already are in talks with auto manufacturers about future rollout plans, and Harold Goddijn, the chief executive officer of TomTom, said the deal would allow his company to create new market opportunities in the U.S. and Europe.
Taiwanese researchers have developed a new polymer that, when combined with the cathode material in lithium-ion batteries, makes the cells more resistant to overheating. The batteries, which can be found in a wide range of consumer-electronics devices, have come under public scrutiny from time to time after battery recalls.