Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 11:36PM
Researchers in Switzerland have announced software to take your cell phone in an entirely new direction. In addition to texting, playing music, watching videos, and surfing the Web, you will now also be able to create your own ad-hoc wireless mesh intelligent video surveillance network...all with the same device you use to call your mother. Their software package is called Facet.
When a Facet-enabled phone detects an object entering or leaving its field of view it communicates the information to adjacent phones via Bluetooth. In this way, the message can be passed to the whole network. The system can collectively analyze data. Each phone determines how far it is away from its nearest neighbor, based on how long it takes a person to walk between phones.
I think I’ll wait for the iPhone edition.