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— Mobile Technology

Bigbelly's Wi-Fi-enabled, solar-powered bins could lead to smarter cities

By - July 21, 2015 5 Pictures

If you're walking down the street and your mobile device suddenly detects a Wi-Fi hotspot, stop and take a look around – you may see one of Bigbelly's solar-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled, recycling/garbage bins nearby. With the help of New York city-based Downtown Alliance, Bigbelly has been conducting a pilot test in which two of these bins were turned into free public Wi-Fi hotspots. They've already proven a success, but Bigbelly feels there is room to do even more for cities and their residents.

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— Mobile Technology

Wi-Fi Aware protocol stakes out your surroundings

By - July 21, 2015 1 Picture

Wi-Fi technology has helped bring a world of information to our fingertips via mobile devices, but a new certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance aims to make the technology a bit more local. The Wi-Fi Aware protocol is designed to extend Wi-Fi's capabilities to improve on current proximity-based functions without the need for cellular, Wi-Fi hotspot or GPS connections.

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— Telecommunications

LED lightbulbs create wireless networks wherever they are installed

By - July 9, 2015 2 Pictures
Various researchers have created ways to transmit wireless information from LED light fittings, to act as a form of enhancement to Wi-Fi based networks known as "Li-Fi." But now engineers at the University of Virginia (U.Va) have come up with a new twist on this theme – they claim to have created an algorithm that makes almost any device fitted with standard visible- light LEDs able to communicate with other equipment with similar LEDs. So, for example, the LED headlights in your car could communicate to the car in front of you through its LED taillights, or the LED display in your clock radio could tell the coffee maker to turn on via its indicator light. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

ReVault is wireless storage you can wear

By - May 19, 2015 5 Pictures
Everyone has data that they want to get access to on all of their devices. There are plenty of ways to accomplish this, with the most popular being cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or OneDrive. However, local storage is still more secure in most cases, and that’s why ReVault exists. It’s a wearable drive that allows users to sync their data across all of their devices without needing the cloud. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Shadow Wi-Fi fights skin cancer by keeping sun worshippers in the dark

By - May 4, 2015 1 Picture

Awareness campaigns, sunscreen and mending the hole in the ozone layer have all played a part in the battle against skin cancer. But the beachgoers of Peru now have another form of relief from the sun's harmful UV rays. Aimed at drawing in roasting folk who could do with some respite, ad agency Happiness Anywhere has installed towering sun shades and a free Wi-Fi network that only functions when the users are in the shadows.

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— Electronics

New invention expands Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

By - April 21, 2015 3 Pictures
The vast range of Wi-Fi-enabled devices available today means that anyone could have several personal electronic devices all trying to connect to a network simultaneously. Multiply this by many hundreds of people in a busy public place with Wi-Fi connectivity and this often means that available bandwidth is greatly reduced. To help address this problem, researchers at Oregon State University claim to have invented a new system called WiFO that incorporates infrared LEDs to boost the available Wi-Fi bandwidth by as much as ten times. Read More
— Electronics

FlexCharger charges up to five devices at a time

By - February 27, 2015 6 Pictures
Charging devices is, for many people, just a part of their daily routine. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, portable game consoles, and all kinds of other devices that need some juice. With that in mind, there's no shortage of devices that aim to make charging easier and more efficient. A new player in the game is the FlexCharger, a versatile device that can charge five things at one time – and it does it in style. Read More
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