Sidewalk wifi

Deploying any wifi network requires a multitude of wifi base stations…where do you place them?  Street lamps?  Ceilings?  Now there’s another choice…the sidewalk.  These 16×16″ tiles can be installed about 66 feet from one another to create a wifi mesh network (which doesn’t seem all that great when you consider the 1kW power consumption).  However, they do require power to be hardwired to them…too bad they can’t take advantage of the footsteps above to generate the necessary power.

The product name…well I have a hard time typing this, for they’ve jumped on the ‘i’ bandwagon that I’m so sick of by now.  Yeah.  This product is ‘iPavement‘.  There, I said it.  Yes, they’ve even worked in the more modern buzzword, in their iCloudPavement management software (no, two wrongs do not make a right).  Poor product names aside, it does provide a nice way to deploy a broad urban wifi network (apart from the high power consumption per device).

(via Gizmag)

Real-time audio translation

This is pretty cool…AT&T is close to having a real-time audio translation service, shown here working on iPads which means it could run on about any computer hardware (or even in the background over your cell provider’s network, potentially).  The video below shows a brief demo, though it’s about the worst possible environment for a demo like this…noisy room full of other chatter.  But, it shows the technology in brief at least.  In a two-way audio communication (ie, phone call), it translates the audio into the language the party on the other end can comprehend.

via Engadget

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