One way to improve just about anything without spending too much money and/or effort on it is to just make it less inefficient. There's a lot of inefficiency in our wireless networks, and researchers at MIT have been able to use simple GPS tricks to reduce dropped calls and improve data rates.
Now that wireless keyboards and mice are the norm, there's just one cable left that tethers us to desktop computers: the display cable. With a wireless graphics card, you can finally cut that last cord and get all your desktop power anywhere you want it.
Apple products pretty much create a peripheral market unto themselves, and yet it's the one area where Apple doesn't seem to have a jump on the competition. Still, the idea of wireless headphones from Apple is oddly exciting. Let's piece together why, shall we?
If you want to wirelessly send media to another device — like, say, from your laptop to your sexy Google TV product — it typically involves the tedious exercise of connecting the two devices your Wi-Fi network. Since they both have Wi-Fi, couldn't you just save time by eliminating the middleman that is your Wi-Fi router? That's exactly what a new tech called Wi-Fi Direct does.
Many schools ban the use of cellphones during school hours, but what if you used something that wasn't technically a cellphone?
Those of you vegetarians with a love of homegrown food but lacking a green thumb can take heart, Docomo's new Garden Sensor will ensure that your veggies turn out picture perfect.
A unanimous vote by the FCC (5 to 0) means that companies will get to start taking advantage of the "white space" out there, or the unused airwaves between television channels that would be perfect for carrying wireless data.
Have you partaken in the goodness that is wireless data storage? There's quite a few ways to get it going these days — setting up a separate computer as a server being the most common — but LaCie just made it super small and surprisingly cheap.
Sick of that Wi-Fi signal dying whenever you need it most? That may be happening a lot less in the coming years as the FCC pushes forward a plan to turbocharge the wireless tech, giving it longer range and improving its capability to penetrate walls. The key: unused airwaves between TV channels.
Toshiba is trying to push out a new standard in the kind of SDHC memory cards your digital camera probably uses. Personally, we hope the company succeeds. That's because if they do, Toshiba could be delivering wireless capabilities to all SDHC-compatible cameras — and even other devices — bringing a high-end feature to the masses.