A powerboat or a submarine? Both of them!

aprile 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Hyper Sub

For coast guard police forces which might want to add one more valuable tool to their patrolling operations, for leisure and touristic excursions, for submarine scientific research, or even for those who have money to spend and can’t choose between a motorboat or a submarine, the solutions comes as a hybrid between the two, called Hyper Sub.

We are talking about a vehicle which, on the surface of the sea, can reach a maximum speed of 40 knots with an operating range of over 500 nautical miles, and it is also capable of diving underwater all the way down to 250 meters of depth, while carrying 4 passengers plus pilot.
The inside can be configured according to a wide range of possible options, ranging from leisure use (for excursions and diving tours), to scientific research and much more.

For this reason, Hyper-Sub, manufactured in Florida by Marion, will be available in three different models, with different configurations depending on how it is going to be used. When on the surface, it is powered by a twin diesel engine, while under the water, it uses a rechargeable electric engine which can keep it submersed for up to 20 hours depending on the diving speed.

Thanks to its completely transparent canopy, in its Sport configuration, this vehicle is perfect for touristic or leisurely purposes. Other configurations, with a normal non-transparent top, make it more suitable to be used for scientific or surveillance reasons. This difference is also enhanced by the seating, more luxurious and comfortable in the Sport version.

Those who wish to know its price tag, though, will have to white, since at the moment, Marion has not yet started production and sale to the general public of its Hyper Sub.

Sim-Fi, the first SIM card with a WiFi router

aprile 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti


Our mobile phones have literally become handheld computers, and they offer the opportunity of being constantly connected to the Net, so as not to lose contact with our work or our email, not even for a second. Now, aside from connecting to the Internet via GPRS or WiFi, they can become WiFi hotspots themselves, connecting to other wireless-enabled devices available nearby. How is this possible? Thanks to SIM-Fi, the first SIM card with built-in WiFi.

This card, manufactured by Sagem-Orga, one of the world leading producers of SIM cards, can house, in spite of its tiny size, along with the standard telephone technology, also a WiFi chip, which makes you able to use your handset as if it was a router, to connect your computer to the net even where there is no connection or no signal, and mostly to share this connection with your friends’ or colleagues’ computers.

Thanks to the WiFi signal coming from SIM-Fi enable cellphones, there is no more need for Bluetooth, and if you have the right data plan tariff, any people around you using a WLAN-enabled mobile phone will be able to use your WiFi network, without having to spend a fortune on a GPRS connection. In short, your mobile phone will be turned into a WiFi hotspot, accessible to other users simply by authenticating with the network key, or freely is the network is open.

The only actual problem is a practical one, as currently, SimFi is not yet compatible with common mobile phones as its size is a tad bigger than the standard. For this reason, it will take some cooperation from phone manufacturers, who should use bigger slots which can house both SimFi and normal SIMs.


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