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IBM researches improved mobile web services


Mobile devices like cell phones now outnumber PCs three to one. Convinced that much of the world will tie into the Web without using PCs, IBM is researching better ways to access the Web through those mobile devices.

“The world is entering the ’Era of the Mobile Web.’ In many countries, the mobile phone has become an electronic wallet, the window to the World Wide Web, an education device and more, and globally, mobile devices outnumber PCs, credit cards, and TVs,” said Dr. Daniel Dias, Director, IBM India Research laboratory. “Today, we are launching projects that will make a mobile device an even easier to use than the PC, allowing you to do everything you can with a PC and much more.”

Among the research projects are:

- The Spoken Web – Allowing mobile commerce to be conducted by voice.
- Instant Translation – Real-time communication between multiple languages through mobile devices.
- SoulPad – Software that separates a computer’s “soul” – the programs, settings and data – from its body, the disks, keyboard and other hardware. Once stored on a storage device, that “soul” can be reincarnated in any other computer.
- Social networking on-the-go – Letting social network users connect via mobile devices.
- Good Samaritan – Combining mobile phones, “presence” technology and health records to provide a potential “good samaritan” with information on how to aid people in a critical medical situation.

IBM India Research lab will head the effort, which will include work at eight different labs in six countries.


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