Category: WIFI

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES

Wireless technologies have made significant progress in recent years, enabling many applications in addition to traditional voice communication with a mobile phone. 3G and transfer of data at high speeds have transformed the mobile telephone services and wireless services.

In this section, we look at the following wireless technologies:

3G:

3G stands for third generation mobile telephony. Mobile phones and equipment using the 3G wireless transmit and receive data much faster than second-generation systems, making possible many features and applications.

LTE super 3G:

Super 3G will be the next major evolution in the field of radio communications networks. Super 3G is a standard being finalized which is part of the future evolution of 3G. It includes a significant increase in the rate of transfer of data and better performance, which is a net progress in the field of mobile broadband.

WiMAX:

WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing long range wireless data, and in various ways.

Wi-Fi:

Wi – Fi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is the term used to denote wireless broadband links over small distances between mobile computing devices such as laptops and the Internet.

Femtocells:

Femtocells are low power access points that allow combining mobile technologies and Internet inside the House. They work similar to a cordless phone.

Bluetooth:

5213ccb1757b7f4c568b4568Bluetooth wireless technology is a short-range radio technology that uses the radiofrequency fields to transmit signals over short distances between telephones, computers and other equipment. This technology simplifies communication and synchronization between devices, without using cables.

DECT:

DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications, is a common standard for wireless phones. This is a radio technology suited for voice applications, data and applications of networks at home, at work, or in public environments. Many wireless phones used in homes are implementing DECT technology.

How The Information Age Has Changed The Way We Do Life

With the onset of the information age, the way how we do life has completely changed in so many different ways. It has changed the way we accomplish work and the way we communicate with each other on a whole. A few of the changes we’ve seen through out the information age are below.

Mobile Freedom

In the information age, the mobile phone has evolved. It once to be a huge bulky thing that would be quite heavy. However, we now have smart-phones that are as powerful as computers, and fit right inside of our pockets. The mobile phone alone has pushed the limits of productivity and has forced us to do more with our time. With smart-phones, we can answer client emails, create presentations and essays on the go.

Communication

The information age has also had a major impact on the ways we communicate with others. Time magazine actually found that we don’t talk anymore. Time is much more precious and talking on the phone is now seen as a way to waste someones time. Texting has made communication much more convenient. You can respond and answer to messages in the time you allot yourself to do so.

Sociability

Many years ago, it wasn’t un-common for people to setup mutliple social gatherings with their friends to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Today, kids spend much more time indoors than they did 10-15 years ago. This is because the rise of technology has given us the ability to enjoy our time much more indoors. There are video games, TV shows, Netflix, and many other ways we can enjoy our time indoors these days and kids are actually taking full advantage of this. This is also contributing to the rise in health issues across America because of the decline in physical activity among children and teenagers.

Digital Marketing

Marketing succeeds when it’s done in areas where people’s attention are grabbed. Today, everyone spends much more time on their mobile phones and social media. As a result, online and digital marketing has been on the steep incline. Jeremy, who works for Thunder Rank, an SEO Company in Toronto, predicts that “the same thing that happened with classified ads in newspapers will happen with TV ads. There will be a steep decline because that’s not where people’s attention are anymore.”

Work & Family Life

The information age has pushed the limits for everyone. Our life is so much faster and we’re expected to accomplish a lot more than we were 10-15 years ago. As a result, many people end up working long hours and miss out on their personal family life. However, on the other hand, technology has allowed many people to work remotely from home thus allowing them to spend much more time with their families. It’s actually very interesting because we find that in today’s era, there is very little middle ground between work and family life; it’s either your one of the two extremes.

Globalization

This is one of the greatest benefits of technology. With the rise if it, we can easily do business with and work with someone half way across the world. This allows many businesses to lower costs by taking advantage of the various exchange rates in other countries. Labor can be bought for less and it also opens the doors for many tech startups to do more with a smaller budget.

Privacy

With the rise of the information age, there’s no doubt that our overall privacy is compromised. A lot of our personal data is shared through the web with our smartphones and social media profiles. Information such as our location, friends, work life, and much more is all shared with major companies. In fact, Time magazine even states that Facebook may know more about you than your family does. With that being said, we should take precautions on the information we go about sharing online.

Wireless Technology Is Everywhere

My aim for this blog has always been wireless communication and technology, but obviously there is only that much you can write about Ham radio and the really nerdy stuff. So, I have started branching out a bit and my inquisitive nature has led me to look for wireless communication in all sorts of hidden places. Bluetooth is one of the latest technologies that has really started appearing almost everywhere. Everything from cell phones to speakers and notebooks have all sorts of features that utilize Bluetooth. In this post I want to highlight some of the more interesting items and gadgets I have encountered.

Heart Rate Monitors

5213ccb1757b7f4c568b4568First note, I’m not big into running but my brother is a triathlete and like myself he loves technology and gadgets. When I met him last he just returned from a run and I saw him take off a weird strap from around his chest. At first I was worried as it looked like some sort of medical device, but in fact it was a heart rate monitor that he uses for training.

The way it works is that the chest strap measures his heart rate and sends it via Bluetooth to his iPhone. The heart monitor app on the iPhone then displays the heart rate and indicates whether he needs to train harder or ease off a bit. He told me that a similar set up 3 years ago would have cost him over $400, but for $65 he now has a fantastic Bluetooth based heart rate monitor hooked up to a free app on the phone.

Keyless Entry

I’ve seen some commercials for keyless car entry, and usually they have been on luxury cars. But Bluetooth has now also created a market for keyless home entry. At first I thought that this was just stupid, who could possibly be that lazy to not use a key. But there are some advantages, like for example it is a lot more difficult to “pick” a digital lock, so it is safer. Also, it is a very handy system for people with disabilities who may struggle with a standard key.

Breathalysers

I am very opposed to drink driving and think people should be a lot more aware of the dangers. I often see people that are probably on a verge of having had a few too many sips. I think if more people had a relatively inexpensive device then they would be more aware. BACtrack has a Bluetooth device that does just that and also sends that info to your phone. Now imagine having a car that only unlocks if you have passed your breathalyser, would that be a great feature?

Let me know what kind of Bluetooth gadgets you have encountered. I just love where all this wireless tech is appearing these days.