If you just thought QNX was the fancy OS on the PlayBook and future BlackBerry, you're right and you're wrong. QNX, the highly anticipated software by RIM has already been a part of most everyone's without them even knowing it, says RIM's founder Mike Lazaridis. Just to give you a teaser before jump into the list, did you know that OnStar uses QNX? Me either!
Here are some places that you'll encounter QNX software away from the BlackBerry:"RIM now owns the backbone software for many critical services we all rely on.
- Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube: QNX technology provides the software's foundation for the World's highest-capacity routers, which handle the data, voice, and video traffic for hundreds of millions of Internet users every day.
- Your electricity: QNX technology also controls many power generation systems around the globe, including wind turbines, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.
- Calling for help: 911 uses QNX technology because of its unprecedented reliability in delivering emergency assistance 24/7.
- OnStar: OnStar is based around QNX which is used in numerous car models allowing for the system to automatically call for help in a car accident and can also provide emergency responders with your exact location thanks to its powerful GPS.
- Traffic control: Stop lights use QNX-based technology which (hopefully) helps reduce traffic and waits at intersections.
- Food inspection: QNX technology is used in food inspection systems that allow a user to detect food contaminents which may be dangerous.
- Online shopping: Amazon.com and Avnet rely heavily upon QNX-based systems to move large amounts of merchandise every day in an organized fashion.
- Watching TV: QNX technology is used in controlling television stations, delivering cable signals, and even in controlling your mind. Joke.
- Special effects: QNX technology is used to power motion-control systems that help to create some of the most spectacular special effects in Hollywood.
- Travel: QNX systems control trains and aid in coordinating railway traffic as well is being at the core of pilot-training simulators and air-traffic control systems around the globe for airplanes.
- Bluetooth: QNX techonolgoy allows car systems to effortlessly connect to MP3 players, USB, etc.
- [b]Post office:[/b QNX is used in post offices in their mail-sorting machines. This technology helps to push about 40,000 envelopes an hour.
- Hospitals: QNX is used in a number of devices used in diagnosis including in ECG machines, cardiac monitors, and even bone density analyzers.
- Reduce the use of fossil fuels: Building automation systems using QNX help factories, colleges, and other large facilities cut back 50% on their use of power which in turn reduces the amount of fossil fuels that are burned for use as electricity.
- LASIK eye surgery: LASIK surgery uses a QNX-based system which allows doctors to perform bladeless surgery.
- Playing poker: QNX technology is used to power inter-casino gaming systems that can pay out multi-million-dollar winnings with zero tolerance for error.
If that's not enough, do a quick Google search for QNX's own list of 25 ways they've touched your life!
My question to you is: Can you think of other ways?