Paul Mah highlights a trio of interesting and quirky tech products he spotted at the CommunicAsia 2012 exhibition held in Singapore.
I attended the CommunicAsia 2012 exhibition held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. Billed as Asia's largest integrated Information and Communication Technologies platform, the show includes technology that pertains to communication and enterprise IT. These three products piqued my interest the most at the event.
LuckyCharger charging station
Probably driven by the craze over smartphones in Asian countries, South Korean firm GEONAS designed the LuckyCharger, a charging station that the company claims can recharge all types of mobile devices. Using it is simple: First make a payment using the built-in coin receptacle, key in your four-digit PIN lock code, and insert your mobile phone battery into the auto-locking drawer for charging. That's right — the charger will automatically detect the battery type and charge it using the fastest charging method. I volunteered the battery of my BlackBerry Bold 9790 for a test, and LuckyCharger seemed to detect it just fine. (Photo by Paul Mah for TechRepublic)
GEONAS says regular updating will ensure compatibility with future mobile phone batteries. The total charging time is set at 20 minutes, after which the battery can be retrieved by keying in your previously entered four-digit PIN. A master PIN allows a supervisor to recover the battery, while an Apple or USB connector can be installed for use with smartphones with non-removable batteries.
Maipu MyPower S2000 Reversed PoE Switch
Made by Chinese company Maipu Communication Technology, the MyPower S2000 Reversed PoE Switch is essentially a managed network switch with features such as VLAN and port isolation. The interesting thing about this product is its "reversed PoE" interfaces, which allow the appliance to be powered by PoE injectors installed on the client end. The company says this unique innovation has practical applications, such as eliminating the need for telecommunications firms to deploy an external power on each floor or at the building riser.
The product brochure shows port 1 is a standard PoE port, with all other ports being reversed PoE interfaces — presumably allowing the switch to tap into whichever PoE injector is switched on. There are four models available, offering between eight to 16 ports. Two of the models also come with the ability to support SFP modules with various ranges, including up to 20KM.
Pepwave MAX mobile router
Designed for the ultimate in mobile connectivity, the Pepwave family of MAX mobile routers allow for as many as seven different WAN sources to be harnessed together as one Internet connection. Internet sources may come from embedded LTE or 3G modems, as well as the use of multiple mobile dongles plugged into its USB ports. And depending on the specific model, tapping on 802.11n wireless from a local Wi-Fi hotspot is also supported.
When deployed with multiple 3G or 4G channels, the MAX mobile router can bond them together for greater bandwidth. Pepwave touts the MAX mobile router as ideal for the field broadcast of high-bandwidth mobile video transmission or for providing Internet access on transports such as trains and buses. Other usage includes serving as an MPLS replacement for use with real-time POS systems and deploying in mission-critical M2M environments.