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Telecoms industry must rethink the way it builds

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A new book launched by the team at Bell Labs outlines why networks being built today are not ready for the demands of tomorrow.

We are at the dawn of a new era in networking that will be shaped by the digitisation and connection of everything and everyone with the goal of optimising human decision-making and automating everyday routines and processes.

This is the core message from Dr Marcus Weldon, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs, in a new book written with his Bell Labs team, called The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective.

It is the first book published by the eight-time Nobel Prize-winning Bell Labs research team in its 90 years of existence. Weldon says the book aims to set a technological context for these changes and begin a dialog that will help the industry set the right course for the profound change ahead. The change, he says, will be driven by this technological revolution – only the sixth such revolution of the modern era.

“The communications industry is facing unprecedented challenges to meet ever-evolving user demands. Over the next few years, the industry will have to re-think how it builds, deploys, and operates its networks, while making the right technology and market decisions to thrive,” said Emmett Dages, President of CRC Press. “The Future X Network provides a rare insider’s perspective into the future direction of the industry and the technological breakthroughs that will be required at the architectural and systems levels.”

The book outlines how Bell Labs sees this new technological era unfolding and the key breakthroughs needed at both the architectural and systems levels, as well the market realignments that will result. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a major area of change and the network, systems and business model innovation that will underpin this new digital future.  The book includes challenging perspectives on the Internet of Things, security, cloud, wireless, the home, broadband, the enterprise and more.

“We are at the nexus of a human technological revolution that will be different than any prior era, as it will simultaneously be both global and local, with innovation occurring everywhere,” says Weldon. “The global-local collision of markets and technologies will make this technological revolution one of the most disruptive and far-reaching – it will make the first ‘information age’ driven by the creation of the internet and the Web seem more like a preamble than an age in itself.”

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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