Listen to an interview about
New Technology. Which six things in the following list are mentioned in
the interview? Escucha una entrevista sobre Nuevas Tecnologías. ¿Qué seis cosas de la
siguiente lista están mencionadas en la entrevista?
phones (cell phones -US)
Match the contractions with the full expressions.
again and write the missing words
in the transcription.
- What are some
features that have a lot of 'gee whiz potential'?
- "I think audio players right now and audio visual players. What the
Walkman was to music, making music really portable, making it really
, which really is a revolution you're
start to see that happen now with visuals, so that people will be walking
around not only with music, but music videos on tiny little LCD screens.
We're starting to see some early breakthrough stuff like 'Tapwaves.' It’s a
new…. Tapwaves is a new company and they have a device called 'Zodiac. 'It's
their first product and Tapwave…erm… actually has the
to play 28 frames a second video.
Which is now the quality of television
even a film. So.. erm.. you're
start to see that. That's a real 'gee whiz' thing." - Do you see it in vans and that kind of thing too, right?
- "Oh Yeah. LCD pull-down screens DVD’s they are 'rugged-ized' – they
call’em - so they can take the bumps and so forth. And you don’t actually
even touch the DVD anymore. The DVD device is under the seat and that's all
And you actually have a wireless remote..erm..wireless speakers so that the
people in the back seat can be listening to the DVD while the driver’s not
disturbed. But that's what I mean by consumer choice. It's..it’s broken down
now in so many different
ways, there is a flavor for just about every
." - Cell phones now,
they’re everywhere in New York and a lot of cities around the country and
even the world. What are some really cool features that phones and mobile
things can do?
- "Well, there is a new phone that just came out.. erm.. It actually will
take not only , which is now almost
commonplace.. erm.. but it will take 15-second video clips with
that not only do you have that now
in your phone, but now you can email that video clip to anyone on the
internet from the phone! No intermediary technology, just the phone itself
will do that for you." - What about computing power itself?
- " Well the big thing now is that the computer is more than just for
computing. It's , so there’s so many
now computers that are built around.. erm.. being a digital video recorder
so it’s connected to your television. So your computer now has these longer
'tentacles.' So it's now connected to the Internet, it's doing productivity
stuff for you, it's sorting your photographs. You can put now your
on them. But now also it's connected to your television. So it's moving to a
place really where pretty soon the computer’s
be like your furnace. Y’know you’re
always know it's there, but you don't necessarily see it. It's just doing
it's work quietly in the background." - What about games? Now, do you…are you a 'games person?'
- "Yeah. Big games guy." - Well, er… one particular game that’s really cool?
- "Hmm. Wow! There’s just so many right now. 'HALO' is a really good game I
really love. It's sort of a
sorta game. Its fanciful, futuristic, it's not violent in terms of blood
or anything like that.
There is a upcoming game called Unreal Tournament 2004, and it's
be really hot. And what’s really hot about that game is that it gives you
the means to redesign the game. Which is a whole new
aspect. They call it a..a level editor. And there’s a
upcoming games.. erm.. Sony Play station has a game called 'Eye-Toy.' But
it's more than a game, and I actually believe it's a sort of a threshold
breakthrough device. And what it is, that the barrier of entry for a lot of
game players is actually game pad. It's not a intuitive
device which you hold in your . All
the buttons, where they…where they are, it's
for a lot of people. Erm… and Sony
began to realise that, so they’re trying to free people from the game pad.
So this is a game that’s basically built around a..a camera, a video camera.
You plug it into the play station, you put the game disk in the
. And what happens is, it
photographs you in real time, in video, and you’re in the game. And to
control it, it's tracking your movements.
So there might be or
karate guys coming at you, and
they’re jumping at you, and you see yourself in the game and they’re jumping
at you, and you swat them, you hit them, and they fly y’know, you get
points. And so, you could actually work up a sweat in this game. So, I think
that's really a breakthrough. It’s
see more and more games like that, controlled by
, by voice.
There is a game that is being developed right now and it recognizes
something like 10,000 phrases. And you don't pick up the game pad really,
not very much, just… you just to
it. Yeah.. that’s.. that's some pretty hot stuff in the game world." - You have a lot of fun don't you?
- "Oh, I love it. It's a great.. it’s a great
I get to do what I really love to do. Erm… it's really… it’s a great time to
be involved in ."
gee whiz potential
(power to impress) =
capacidad de impresionar
LCD (liquid crystal
pantallas de cristal líquido
tiny = pequeñito, chiquitín, minúsculo
= adelanto, avance
= sin cables
= común, cosa corriente
= muy pronto
in the background
= al fondo, en el fondo
nuevo y emprendedor
it's going to be
really hot (popular)
= está siendo muy popular
to plug (it) into
= enchufar, conectar
to track your
seguir tus movimientos
to work up a sweat
to be involved
= estar metido