Jim Geiger wrote on wi-fiplanet.com in 2003: “Initially UWB should deliver bandwidths from about 40Mbps to 600Mbps, and eventually data rates could be up to gigabits-per-second (with higher power). XtremeSpectrum, a UWB chipset maker, is predicting that its initial products will have a range of 30 feet and data rates of around 100 Mbps. Intel has dedicated itself to a loftier goal of 500 Mbps.”
PAN – UltraWideBand?
May be used for wireless displays – now we’re talking!
BlueTooth and UWB SIGS to merge.
Infighting between factions may result in limited adoption.
UWB also used for “Wireless USB”.
UWB could be moot in a few years if the high-speed 802.11n specification currently being worked on turns out to be as popular as other Wi-Fi flavors are today.
PAN – UltraWideBand?
Video shown over 66 feet with UWB at the Wireless Connectivity World conference in London this spring.
PAN - Other
Yes – those pesky little merchandize tags with pink metal bands on the tape side that need to be “deactivated” by the cashier.
Watch for RFID networks – but maybe not in the short term. An RFID “cube” communicating at 13.5 MHz is available at $85,000 now.
PAN – Other
NFC – Near Field Communication
Securely (!?) use your cell phone or PDA to transfer payment information to a vendor.
Call Your Wallet
In Japan, NTT DoCoMo says they have 3 million cell phone subscribers using their “Mobile Wallet” service.
MasterCard International has tested “contactless payment technology” since 2003.
JPMorgan Chase & Co has announced plans for a mass-market rollout of MasterCard and Visa cards with a radio chip in Atlanta – starting this summer.
MacDonalds, 7-Eleven and other merchants are installing radio terminals that work with these cards.
LAN – wLAN - WiFi
KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut will be installing WiFi across the nation.
Nextel partnered with Boingo Wireless to get access to more than 7000 hotspots in North America.
Phones will be able to switch between WiFi and cellular signals without dropping the call.
WiFi (802.11 variants) typically carry a signal up to 1000 ft line-of-sight or to nearby rooms.
A new record was set during "Defcon" recently – about 125 miles using two large dish antennas…
They said that they would now use the dishes to listen for BlueTooth… (shiver)
WiFi Shootout at DefCon
Team "iFiber Redwire" achieves 11 Mbps over 125 miles
802.11n – the Next Big WiFi protocol
Rivaling factions agreed this week to work toward a single standard
802.11n is expected to take Wi-Fi speeds to 540Mbps
MAN – Coming to a Town Near You
I had long thought this was a dead horse
Big buzz maybe 15 years ago, then (nothing)
But never say never
WiMAX to the rescue – maybe…
MAN – WiMAX or…
WiMAX is Wireless Microwave Access. Two standards 802.16-2004 or 802.16a/c/d (fixed) and the forthcoming 802.16e (mobile) are not compatible, but complimentary.
802.16e is expected to become standard in 2006, but pre-standard products are expected.
WiMAX will carry in excess of 70 Mbps over 30 miles – but those specs are for the fixed version. I have been unable to find the expected range and speed of the mobile version - 802.16e.
Visant Strategies say that WiMax may reach $1 Billion by 2008. Other industry analysts say the market will be worth anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion by 2009.
EMail Lowers Your IQ
An HP sponsored study at Kings College in London shows that constant emailing and text messaging lowers your IQ with about 10 points …
Take your signals and programming with you
Wireless TV – on all your devices - anywhere?
The Slingbox allows you to tap into your home TV signal anywhere there’s a high-speed internet connection. Use what you’ve go – a TV, your laptop, PDA – or cell phone. Watch daytime soaps at Atlanta Bread Company during lunch.
TiVO to go – on your cell phone
Orb is more like a personal peer network – access and play anything on your home PC from anywhere and any device.
“ Place Shift” Your Phone
Take your VOIP box with you… Anywhere there’s a high-speed internet connection.
Take it to a hotspot and bridge your laptop’s wired and wireless networks, and connect your VOIP box to your laptop with a crossover cable.
…And in the Air…
FCC and FAA are considering lifting their bans on in-flight use of cell phones, maybe as early as 2006.
NASA declared that “current generation cell phones are safe for use on airplanes” more than 3 years ago.
Qualcomm and American Airlines conducted a test flight in July 2004.
In-flight internet is available on some international carriers.
…in the Air…
Connexion by Boeing uses a satellite based high speed internet access service with downstream speeds of 5 Mbps.
The Airbus A380 super-jumbo will offer an optional voice/data system. Use your own cell phone onboard.
…in the Air…
Verizon Airfone service is just plain too expensive ($3.99/minute voice, $1.99/minute data), but a new Verizon service – Verizon Airfone Service for Verizon Wireless lets customers sign up for $10/month plus $0.10/minute, or $0.69 minute (domestic).
…And in the Back of the Taxi
Stuck in traffic?
Better be in an Interactive Taxi with a wireless touch-screen multimedia computer in the back seat.
Watch news, movie trailers, restaurant listings.
But can you play Solitaire?
"I Always Wanted to…"
Watch the last episode of Lost
… On my cell phone…
… In my car…
… While driving home…
But soon – I may be able to…
Camera Phones are soo passe
Video on the go is the thing… (I must be getting old – I don't get it…)
All the cell phone companies are aggressively addressing this market
I think a 13" screen is small, and threw away my 5" TV…
But they think I'll watch a sub-2" screen?
(We shall see)
Video on Your Phone
Verizon’s Video Initiatives
FiOS - Fiber to households
15 Mbps currently advertised for $49.95/month
at least 30 Mbps in the works
TV franchise in New Jersey
V Cast - Video on Cell Phones (PacketVideo (www.packetvideo.com) provides the video using Windows Media Player technology)
Cell Phones, VOIP, and WiFi
Put it all together
Flat Rate high quality VOIP over WiFi when in range
Convert to time restricted cell phone calls when outside WiFi spots
And add some WiMAX
Now the "sweet spot" is the city…
And it doesn't just have to be a phone anymore…
VOIP on Cell Phones with WiFi
Some phones already support WiFi
They are available now – but the providers don’t advertise it.
You will need a VOIP provider – your cell phone provider may not give you “free airtime” in WiFi hotspots…?
Will your VOIP provider?
3G Specification speeds:
High Mobility: 144 kbps for rural outdoor mobile use. This data rate is available for environments in which the 3G user is traveling more than 120 kilometers per hour in outdoor environments.
Full Mobility: 384 kbps for pedestrian users traveling less than 120 kilometers per hour in urban outdoor environments.
Limited Mobility: At least 2 Mbps with low mobility (less than 10 kilometers per hour) in stationary indoor and short range outdoor environments.