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RF and the Highway System

Over the past few months there have been 2 distinct technical threads in the wireless industry regarding RF. There are those who claim all RF problems will be solved in the standards bodies, a rote exercise for chip and system manufacturers building wireless products. There are others -including myself --who believe the real RF challenges are still in front of us and still remain to be solved. At the Bard of New England, Robert Frost suggested, oh Mobility Blog faithful, there is your role:”a jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.” Read More »

A wireless shopping experience

Wireless LAN, RFID, 802.11, Wi-Fi all these words ring a bell but you still have a hard time figuring out how this will impact your daily life and what is so exceptional about Mobility. This video should help you understand how your shopping experience can be transformed…If you cannot see the video in the screen below, click on the following link http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2760900956201083818&hl=en

Finding the Right Mix with Wi-Fi

Communications has been irrevocably changed by Wi-Fi. For a great example of how far we’ve come in just 10 short years, take a look at My Life B.W., Before Wi-Fi. But while Wi-Fi in mobile devices is becoming more and more commonplace, Wi-Fi infrastructure is not yet ubiquitous. Cellular networks have Wi-Fi beat today, despite 125,000 (and growing) public hotspots. So I’m puzzled over the target market for the Sony mylo (My Life On Line). It’s billed as a”personal communicator” but it’s only connectivity is Wi-Fi. Read More »

The Long Tail of Mobility: Connecting Trillions of People and Devices on the Human Network

In his book on changing economics of web commerce, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson illustrates how the Internet is changing the laws of distribution from digital products from entertainment (movies and CDs) to manufactured products Wireless networks are, too, growing a long tail, as billions, maybe even, trillions, of devices are being connected to an increasing pervasive and integrated array of wireless networks powering the mobility generation. Read More »

My Life Online

Last week I received my long awaited Sony mylo (which stands for My Life Online, and is NOT CAPITALIZED), a personal communicator that used Wi-Fi rather than Cellular technologies to support its communications capabilities. The mylo, according to Sony’s marketing spiel, allows you to put the “entire world under your thumbs” (take that, Mick Jagger), and allows you to “take the best part of your computer with you” wherever you go.http://www.learningcenter.sony.us/assets/itpd/mylo/prod/index.htmlWhile I will let Sony do the heavy lifting here in describing all the cool capabilities of the mylo-- and there is a lot going on in this device including email, music, video/photos, chat, etc. — what is interesting about this device it that it has not linkage to the cellular world and only uses Wi-Fi hotspots to gain connectivity to the Internet. Indeed, the PSP/Gameboy meets Sidekick meets Pager meets IPod’s primary communications tools are Instant Messenger and Voice Messaging from Google(talk), Yahoo and Skype.A true child of the Web 2.0 Revolution, the mylo assumes voice and text messaging will be free and that access to the Internet will also come from Hotspots, which could be free or for pay. It bundles a JWire application to help you find open hotspots by geography. Okay, the real world, today, does not work that way, but as Hemingway intoned at the end of The Sun Also Rises: “isn’t it pretty to think so.”Call this the first “crossover” device of the Mobility Generation, it’s an opening salvo in the shape of things to come for computing, communications and gaming. http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/2006/06/mobility_generation_a_fathers.htmlImperfect and expensive, like all first generation miracles, it has the whiff of the inevitable. As the gamers and Mobility Generation enter the workforce, they will increasingly dictate not only how we communicate, but how we work, carrying the openness of youth into the mores of the work world. And, like the earlier generation, which brought PCs into the workforce, against the wishes of IT management, we will be under their thumb.