Wireless in the world

Posted by on June 19th, 2010

A rather magical video, that’s really just a preview of things to come:


Utopian and radical architects in the 1960s predicted that cities in the future would not only be made of brick and mortar, but also defined by bits and flows of information. The urban dweller would become a nomad who inhabits a space in constant flux, mutating in real time. Their vision has taken on new meaning in an age when information networks rule over many of the city’s functions, and define our experiences as much as the physical infrastructures, while mobile technologies transform our sense of time and of space.

via Data Mining | Future Seek

First Wi-Fi pacemaker in U.S. gives patient freedom

Posted by on August 11th, 2009

After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her doctor to monitor her health from afar — over the Internet.

When Kasyjanski heads to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, for a routine check-up, about 90 percent of the work has already been done because her doctor logged into his computer and learned most of what he needed to know about his patient.

Three weeks ago Kasyjanski, 61, became the first person in the United States to be implanted with a pacemaker with a wireless home monitoring system that transmits critical information to her doctor via the Internet.

Kasyjanski, who has suffered from a severe heart condition for more than 20 years, says the device has given her renewed confidence and a new lease of life, because if her pacemaker were to malfunction or stop working, only immediate action would save her life.

“Years ago the problem was with my lead, it was nicked, and until I collapsed no one knew what the problem was, no tests would show what the problem was until I passed out,” she told Reuters Television.

Dr. Steven Greenberg, the director of St. Francis’ Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Center, said the new technology helps him better treat his patients and will likely become the new standard in pacemakers.

He said the server and the remote monitor communicate at least once a day to download all the relevant information and alert the doctor and patient if there is anything unusual.

“If there is anything abnormal, and we have a very intricate system set up, it will literally call the physician responsible at two in the morning if need be,” he said.

Link and words via reuters.com. Interesting that the article mentions nothing about any security measures in place.

Meraki Releases World’s First Solar-Powered WiFi Meshing Device

Posted by on December 8th, 2008

From CleanTechnica.com:

Yesterday, wireless networking provider Meraki started shipping the world’s first solar-powered WiFi mesh device. Meraki’s groundbreaking energy-independent device is powered by a single solar panel and solar-charged battery. Since the unit requires no grid-derived energy, it can be set up in areas lacking power supplies, like parks, golf courses, rural areas, and resorts.

This is also perfect for areas being rebuilt more robustly after being devastated by disaster.

And developing nations, helping them continue their leap-frogging journey.

Firefox Add-On To Track Your Location Via Wi-Fi

Posted by on October 8th, 2008

One of the newest development from Mozilla Labs will be FireFox’s ability to pin point a person’s location, using wifi. The option is called Geode and is a prototype for the location-tracking technology that will be in Firefox 3.1. Don’t worry, the website will ask you how much information you wish to share – or don’t.

Link via /., original article at pcpro.co.uk.

Lightbulbs Could Replace Wi-Fi Hotpsots

Posted by on October 7th, 2008

    - photo via textually.org

Researchers expect to piggyback data communications capabilities on low-power light emitting diodes, or LEDs, to create “Smart Lighting” that would be faster and more secure than current network technology.

“Imagine if your computer, iPhone, TV, radio and thermostat could all communicate with you when you walked in a room just by flipping the wall light switch and without the usual cluster of wires,” said BU Engineering Professor Thomas Little.

This initiative aims to develop an optical communication technology that would make an LED light the equivalent of a Wi-Fi access point.

Photo and link via textually.org.

The Stereoscope Project

Posted by on October 4th, 2008

Spotted on hackaday.com:

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Am I the only one thinking how awesome the grinder symbols would look in place of the swirl?

“Wi-Fi Squatting” can be a Federal Offense

Posted by on July 19th, 2008

It’s a federal offense in the U.S. to use someone else’s unsecured wireless network for illicit purposes. It’s a crime in Germany, too – committed by the network owner. The Wall Street Journal reports.

“According to the FBI, it isn’t a federal offense to squat, as long as the squatter doesn’t use the connection to do anything illegal. Wi-Fi squatting is against the law in some states.

A court in Germany ruled that the owner of an unsecured Wi-Fi network that a squatter used to illegally download rap songs is responsible for the crime – even though he proved that he wasn’t the one who stole the files, TechDirt reports.

The German court said that network owners are responsible for securing their networks — and can be held liable if they don’t.

Link via textually.org

Wifi Telescope

Posted by on June 11th, 2008

Observatorio - From We Make Money Not ArtObservatorio builds upon Boj and DIaz’ 2004 project Red Libre Red Visible (Free Network, Visible Network) which was born in an optimistic time when it seemed possible to achieve an utopia made of wireless, open communication networks managed by social groups offering services to the local community. At that (not so distant) time, several city governments offered free access to the WiFi network, sometimes in the entire city. The CMT (Telecommunications Market Commission) denounced those city governments for unfair competition with telecom companies, the free wifi municipal projects were canceled, and grassroot groups started installing, maintaining and extending open WiFi networks throughout Spain.

Today, some companies have adopted new tactics based on the deceptive slogan “Share your WiFi”. Companies like FON, and commercial projects such as Whisher and Wefi exploit the current infrastructure of access nodes to the Internet in urban space to provide coverage to the whole city if it were an open, shared structure.

Obervatorio reflects on this scenario by informing viewers about the current state of wireless networks located in the area where the device is installed. The sightseeing telescope, installed on the Laboral tower, tracks and shows where Gijon’s wifi networks are located in real time. You can visualize them on the screen of the telescope, swing it around and see which areas have a denser wifi coverage, and get additional data such as which ones among these networks are open or private. Because Observatorio is programmed to try and connect to any open network available in the area, it can send the information from the observation tower to the exhibition hall, where it is displayed on a big screen. If there is no open networks detected in the area, Observatorio remains separated from the main exhibition space, located in another building. A modification of these networks is also offered, showing an ideal configuration in which the local residents of large areas in the city could gain or share access to it.

From: We-Make-Money-Not-Art

Santa Fe group allergic to RF wants WiFi banned

Posted by on May 24th, 2008

According to a local NBC news affiliate, Sante Fe resident Arthur Firstenberg (not pictured right) has organized a group of electro-sensitive citizens to rally against WiFi and cellphone use in public space, claiming it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. No doubt it is indeed a sticky situation, but we’re pretty sure Firstenberg and co are going to have to do a little better than claiming to “get chest pain and it doesn’t go away right away” if they really expect an entire city (or country) to cease using wireless communications.

Link via engadget.com

Nike Dunks: now with built-in WiFi detector

Posted by on May 5th, 2008

For the fashionable bandwidth stealer, lace up a pair of these bad boys:


A Step in the Right Direction is a sneaker based wearable technology project designed by mstrpln in collaboration with Ubiq boutique.

Once the pressure sensitive insole is activated, the unit scans the surrounding area for Wi-Fi signals and displays the result through LEDs.

The three LEDs on the flap enclosure represent the signal strength of any wireless internet signals within a 50 meter area. A blinking LED represents no signal, while a solid LED shows that there is a signal present.

Stylish and a lot more subtle than ThinkGeek’s t-shirt.

More so than the iPod shoes, these are likely to encourage jogging or exploring new sections of your ‘hood.