wireless

  • Garmin FR60 watches use ANT+ wireless connections

    Garmin FR60 watches use ANT+ wireless connections

    Garmin makes great fitness watches - the GPS line is just incredible. Now they're moving towards less GPS oriented models with the FR60, a sports watch that uses external devices like foot pods and heartrate monitors rather than bulky internal sensors. A GPS unit is also available An ANT+ dongle will automatically connect the watch to your PC. Read More

  • New Paint Stops Wi-Fi Stealing Neighbors

    New Paint Stops Wi-Fi Stealing Neighbors

    You may soon be able stop your packet sniffing, WEP cracking neighbors from stealing your precious internet with Wi-Fi blocking paint. That's right. Nothing complicated, just paint. Read More

  • Binoculars transmit video and voice

    Binoculars transmit video and voice

      Popular Mechanics has a cool article in their January 2009 issue about a new binocular technology for the U.S. military. Called LightSpeed, these binoculars have high-power infrared LEDs that allow them to transfer data and voice at up to 1 megabit per second and 32 kilobits per second respectively. There is a receiver in the left eyepiece and a transmitter in the right, which can emit an… Read More

  • Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

    Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

    We’ve reviewed a lot of home audio solutions, and they all offer different benefits and drawbacks. The big trend is “music everywhere”, whether through powerline networking or wirelessly. Most of these products require a specific music source to feed into the system. Sonos brings something rather more complete to the goal of “music everywhere”. Read on for the… Read More

  • Novatel intros ‘MiFi’ mobile broadband router

    Novatel intros ‘MiFi’ mobile broadband router

    Novatel might be on to something with its MiFi device. It’s basically a rechargeable, portable wireless router that ingests mobile data signals and spits them back out as standard Wi-Fi. The company is calling the technology an “Intelligent Mobile Hotspot,” in case you were longing for some industry jargon. The idea certainly isn’t new, but this version may very well be the… Read More

  • A majority of wireless access points in New York City are completely insecure

    The majority (51 percent) of wireless access points in New York City are completely insecure, either using no security whatsoever or relying on WEP, which is all but useless. That number excludes publicly accessible hotspots you’d find at a café or park, meaning that a majority of those blue little routers sitting in the corner of every New York City apartment can be broken into with little… Read More

  • Dr. Martin Cooper: The father of the mobile phone weighs in on the state of the wireless industry

    Dr. Martin Cooper: The father of the mobile phone weighs in on the state of the wireless industry

    I’ve just attended the keynote address given by Dr. Martin Cooper. Never heard of him? You know him indirectly, as he’s the inventor of something most everyone uses every day: the mobile phone. At the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, Cooper presented an interesting look at the current state of the wireless industry, identifying a handful of problems and how he thinks they could… Read More

  • Good news? Cox Communications to become a wireless (read: cellphone) provider next year

    Good news? Cox Communications to become a wireless (read: cellphone) provider next year

    We’ll soon have another wireless provider to be annoyed with. Cox Communications—yes, the cable company—plans to enter the wireless game next year piggybacking on on Sprint’s network; it will launch its own 3G network, sans Sprint, before the end of 2009. (It’s also moving toward its own 4G, using LTE, network, but that’s a further out.) Cox is moving into this… Read More

  • Rage Wireless Guitar recalled for acid leaks

    Rage Wireless Guitar recalled for acid leaks

    57,000 Rage Wireless Guitars were sold to date and now the Chinese-made Guitar Hero axe is being recalled. Allegedly, if an user installs the AA batteries incorrectly, a circuit board malfunctions causing acid to leak and the world to implode. Owners are asked to return the dangerous guitars to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Maybe you can apply $40 to $60 refund to… Read More

  • Review: Revolabs Solo Desktop Wireless Microphone System

    Review: Revolabs Solo Desktop Wireless Microphone System

    The Solo Tabletop RF-Armor from Revolabs is a high-end wireless microphone system using 1.92 to 1.93 GHz for its radio transmissions, with enhanced shielding which allows it “to operate cleanly even when in direct contact with all wireless electronic devices known to cause unwanted audio interference, such as GSM mobile phones, smart phones, etc.”  The base station connects to your PC… Read More

 
  • Tiny AT&T Quicksilver USB modem looks thumbdrive-y

    Tiny AT&T Quicksilver USB modem looks thumbdrive-y

    At first glance, you might mistake this doodad on the left for an ordinary, run-of-the-mill thumbdrive. Don’t be fooled! It’s a 3G modem from AT&T called the USBConnect Quicksilver. If you’re a weakling, you’ll love this thing because it weighs less than an ounce. Everyone, and I mean everyone, can lift one ounce, so less than one once should be a cakewalk. According to… Read More

  • Onkyo has wireless headphones for the iPod now

    Onkyo has wireless headphones for the iPod now

    Tired of the tyranny of headphone wires when listening to “Headphone Silence” on your iPod 200 times in a row? Who isn’t! Lucky for you there’s Onkyo’s MHP-UW2, a pair of unfortunately named wireless headphones that operate on the 2.4GHz frequency. You have to plug a receiver into the bottom of your iPod in order for it to work, but once that’s out of the way… Read More

  • Griffin Airbase: the first Airport range extender designed specifically for the foolish and credulous

    Griffin Airbase: the first Airport range extender designed specifically for the foolish and credulous

    The problem with radio waves is that they just can’t seem to pass through things. That’s why I maintain a direct line of sight to my wireless router at all times — even when I’m not using it! And with this range extender for my Airport Express, now I can make my router higher up and more visible in the room — because that’s why I bought a wireless networking… Read More

  • NEC's new technology makes gigahertz wireless chips smaller

    NEC's new technology makes gigahertz wireless chips smaller

    NEC Electronics today announced in Japan [JP] they managed to develop a technology which could lead to chips used for wireless applications that are 10% smaller than existing products. NEC is planning to use the new chips for indoor wireless communication under gigahertz-band frequencies and miliwave and UWB protocols. The company coats their chips with a ferrite layer that boosts the magnetic… Read More

  • Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Nissan‘s proprietary “Intelligent Key” technology will soon be built into a mobile phone, which is produced by Sharp and, at this point, unfortunately Japan-only. The Japanese car company’s key system is already used in over 950,000 vehicles but now, drivers can wirelessly enter, exit and start their Nissans with the (yet to be named) Sharp phone. Reportedly, the device is… Read More

  • New wireless mice and keyboard from HP – OMG a Ctrl-Alt-Del key!

    New wireless mice and keyboard from HP – OMG a Ctrl-Alt-Del key!

    I didn’t have a good time with the last wireless keyboard/mouse combo I had, but I’m ready to try again. This keyboard has the most dumb/smart feature of all time, a Ctrl-Alt-Del key. That’s awesome. Yes, there are jokes to be made, but I use the task manager for more than killing crashed programs. Anyway, the keyboard also has a “rotary button,” commonly referred to… Read More

  • World's smallest UWB developed by Ph.D. student

    World's smallest UWB developed by Ph.D. student

    Believe it or not, the image above is an UWB antenna and not some Stargate universe artifact. Taeyoung Yang, a Virginia Tech Ph.D. student, devised the idea of creating a ultra-wideband antenna as small as theoretically possible and this is it. The antenna boosts a 95% efficiency rating and the world’s smallest with a 10:1 bandwidth. Read More

  • Hands on with the Cy-fi. Looks nice. Sounds…

    Hands on with the Cy-fi. Looks nice. Sounds…

    …OK. Not the greatest sounding speaker of course, but you can use it outside. Or rather, you can keep it outside. It’s being marketed as a Bluetooth sports speaker, and with a compact water resistant form factor, I won’t argue. Besides look at it, all aerodynamic and shiny. I bet this thing can bike faster than I can. Comes is two versions, $179 for Cy-fi for Bluetooth and $199 for… Read More

  • Japanese company sells "intelligent" toy helicopter

    Japanese company sells "intelligent" toy helicopter

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_M4DaJ5FQ Tokyo-based Taiyo Corp. [JP] is selling a new wireless toy helicopter for indoor use that can be used even in very small rooms. The beginner-friendly, so-called Micro Master HG3, features special sensors that prevent the helicopter from crashing into ceilings by descending automatically right before it would happen. Taiyo claims its the first company in the industry… Read More

  • Sony displaying wireless, organic EL TV

    The future is near! Soon the days of wireless, LCD technology will be gone and the era of wireless organic EL TV will be here. Sony is showing off the prototype at the companies dealer convention along with other non-wireless, organic EL TVs. The 3mm thick TV is simply a tech demo of what’s to come with Sony withholding pertinent information, such as battery life and range. We do that… Read More