In the wide, wireless world we've created for ourselves, it's possible to access the Web in more places and on more devices than ever before. But while a new generation of more media friendly mobile devices (think tablets and large-screen smartphones) makes it possible to view large-bandwidth content like video on, say, our iPads, we still often have to hard-wire those devices to our computers (and the larger Web) to get the kinds of high-data-rate transfers we desire.
Tired of driving around, laptop open on the passenger seat, searching for a wi-fi hotspot? The WASP, a flying wi-fi sniffer, can make the task easier.
It's an Arduino-powered aerial drone modeled, perhaps appropriately, after a Russian Cold War MiG jet. WASP stands for "Wi-fi Aerial Surveillance Platform." The folks at Rabbit Hole have detailed instructions on their Web site.
What happens when a mobile phone company makes a netbook? You get a "mini-laptop" that's connected to the brink. (The epically failed Palm Foleo notwithstanding, of course.)
Nokia's Booklet 3G has (duh) 3G HSPA connectivity, a SIM card slot, and WiFi. Its super-thin 0.8-inch-thick, aluminum-encased body houses an Intel Atom processor, an HDMI-out port, and an SD card reader.
Could the end of poorly framed nostril shots be nigh? Samsung today announced two cameras with second, front LCDs that let you preview your shots while still facing the lens. The TL225 and TL220 both feature a 1.5-inch, 280-by-220-pixel screens that can preview shots, display a timer countdown, or play animations to get the kiddies to smile.
The first American to be implanted with a wireless pacemaker is now walking happily around while the device communicates remotely with her doctor.
Carol Kasyjanski of New York became the first patient to receive the new pacemaker, which was made by St. Jude Medical Inc. and approved by the FDA in July. The device downloads all its information into a remote monitor in Kasyjanski's home at least once a day and the monitor automatically assesses the performance of both the pacemaker and the patient's heart. Then it uploads the information to a central server.
HP is hoping there’re a lot of people out there with mass printing needs but without regular Internet access. Their new PhotoSmart Premium printer has a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen on the front that allows a user to print directly from the Internet. The idea is that the printer would be a quick way of printing out online directions, pictures, movie tickets, and so forth, without the need of a computer.
This 50-foot Ethernet cable snaking all the way through my apartment from the router in the bedroom to my Xbox 360 in the living room? That's how I used to play videogames online. The Xbox doesn't come with wireless capability built in, and I didn't want to shell out the extra $100 -- a third the price of the console itself -- for Microsoft's wireless adapter. Third-party wireless bridges cost a bit less but are still pricey. Finally, though, I found a way to ditch the giant wire with a solution that cost me only 40 bucks.
As I post this, I am thousands of feet above San Francisco, on a Virgin airplane, surrounded by press and partygoers celebrating Virgin's imminent roll-out of wireless internet to their passengers.
The in-flight service is provided by a carrier called Aircell, which spectrum geeks may recall won an exclusive ten-year contract from the FCC in 2006 to provide air-to-ground broadband at 3MHz. Onboard, a standard 802.11 wi-fi network works with all standard devices.
The search giant has asked the US government to open air waves to create high-speed wireless connections for all
By Gregory MonePosted 03.25.2008 at 10:47 am 0 Comments
Google says the US government is ignoring a precious natural resource. And no, the search giant obviously isn't talking about oil. Google, along with other big companies, wants the US government to open up unused air waves. The company says this could lead to people across the country surfing the Web on handheld devices at gigabits-per-second speeds.
Surf the Web from the hammock out back (or the park down the block) with this solar-powered Wi-Fi extender
By Mike OutmesguinePosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
The promise of Wi-Fi is freedom-the ability to bring your laptop or PDA away from the anchor that is your desk and into your life. With most wireless routers, however, your life had better stop at around 300 feet, and forget about heading outside. Between the noise generated by other local wireless devices and physical obstacles like furniture and walls, chances are your Wi-Fi signal is little more than a whisper by the time it hits your backyard. So I built a box that can pick up that signal and boost it another 200 to 300 feet.