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Your very own blimp. The Aerosphere 76 low-altitude spherical airship 'monitors every ground movement 24/7 in a target area,' boasts Proxity Digital Networks Inc. of West Palm Beach, Fla. The Aerosphere 76, designed to hover around 16,000 feet, can carry payloads for geosynchronous, long-endurance, unmanned operations or serve as an airborne command and control center, according to Proxity. The Soldier Battle Lab at Fort Benning, Ga., saw a demo of a $5 million military version last month. Unlike the Hindenburg airship, whose hydrogen fuel detonated disastrously in 1937, the Aerosphere uses thin-film solar cells, turbo diesel engines and backup generators to stay airborne.

Ecosystem. It's a favorite buzzword among engineers at Intel Corp. and now has been embraced by IBM Corp. and even Microsoft Corp., whose veep Jim Allchin wants to transform the PC ecosystem into 'the experience economy' as Microsoft's next-gen growth driver. Sounding like a new-age guru, Allchin says PC users now care most about 'silence, weight and self-healing.'

That's a moray. LDW Software LLC of San Francisco wants Palm OS, Sony Clie and Tapwave Zodiac handheld computer users to moonlight as fish breeders in its $15 Fish Tycoon 1.0 simulation game. Users start out with three hi-res fish tanks, 421 exotic breeds of fish and a genetic puzzle to solve. The real-time game proceeds while the handheld is turned off and resumes with fish that have either gotten bigger or died. As in SimCity simulations, the user is God. Bonus: The game also becomes a screen saver. Urp, we're seasick. Send bouquets of flounders to [email protected].


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