The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) kicks off its CTIA Wireless 2004 conference today, billing it as the largest wireless trade show in the world.

This year, the three-day show will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, a hotbed for wireless companies, from Air2Web and Cingular to MetroPCS and XcelleNet.

In attendance at CTIA Wireless 2004 will be industry leaders, regulators, technologists and reporters from all over the world discussing the latest trends and products.

CTIA’s Wireless Widgets Showcase, for example, will house a collection of the latest and greatest in wireless. This year, attendees can also vote for their favorite wireless widget, via text messaging, for the first time.

Pinpoint CEO to participate in events

Jud Bowman, president and CEO of mobile content sourcing firm Pinpoint Networks in Durham, will be a featured presenter at the show.

Bowman will be part of a CTIA panel of experts discussing content distribution on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. He will join experts from RealNetworks, Sprint PCS and a number of other wireless technology companies.

Bowman has spoken at more than a dozen industry events in his career. He most recently spoke at the International Wireless Symposium in September of 2003, where he presented “The Eight Simple Rules For Mobile Application Delivery.”

Pinpoint has earned a reputation as a technology innovator in the wireless industry, and has received recognition for its work. In October 2003, Deloitte & Touche named the firm as one of the top 25 Rising Stars in North America. In September 2003, Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation, recognized Bowman as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators.

Wearable wireless: ‘Fashion In Motion’

For the fourth year at CTIA Wireless, Fashion in Motion incorporates wireless Internet technology into fashion, lifestyle, health, and security applications. It is a premier showcase for wearable wireless and Internet technology, organizers say.

“Wireless technology has inspired new products and features in the technology, clothing and accessory industries and Fashion in Motion brings that all together,” Steve Largent, CEO of CTIA, says. “Models in this couture style runway show wear the latest in high fashion while displaying mobile devices demonstrating the hottest items on the market today as well as the most futuristic technology of tomorrow.”

This year’s Fashion In Motion stage will feature, among other things, designs by Alexandra Fede, a world-renowned designer considered the first Scientific Fashion Designer specializing in applying research and technology to fashion. Fede will showcase her latest creations, produced by Mario Boselli Holding. These collections are produced with para-aramidic fibers, technical fibers like polypropylene, microfilament of polyamide, nano-technology, and integrated microelectronics.

Fashion in Motion also will display wearable wonders from the Topological Media Lab at Georgia Tech. The student design group will present garments whose textures of sound and light dance to the wearer’s movement and gesture and use a broad spectrum of body-imaging and sensing technologies, from fiber optics to TinyOS wireless sensor platforms.

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