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Suddenly, Wireless Power Transmission Is Everywhere
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:01

Wireless power transfer exists right now, but it’s not as cool as Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower and it’s not as stupid as an OSHA-unapproved ultrasonic power transfer system. Wireless power transfer today is a Qi charger for your phone. It’s low power – just a few amps — and very short range. This makes sense; after all, we’re dealing with the inverse square law here, and wireless power transfer isn’t very efficient.

Now, suddenly, we can transfer nearly two kilowatts wirelessly to electronic baubles scattered all over a room. It’s a project from Disney Research, it’s coming out of Columbia University,  …read more

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33C3: Dissecting 3G/4G Phone Modems
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:00

[LaForge] and [Holger] have been hacking around on cell phones for quite a while now, and this led to them working on the open cellphone at OpenMoko and developing the OsmocomBB GSM SDR software. Now, they are turning their sights on 3G and 4G modems, mostly because they would like to use them inside their own devices, but would also like to make them accessible to the broader hacker community. In this talk at the 33rd Chaos Communications Congress (33C3), they discuss their progress in making this darkest part of the modern smartphone useful for the rest of us.

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ESP8266 BASIC Sets Up a Web Remote in No Time
Monday, 20 February 2017 09:00

One of the sticking points for us with our own Internet of Things is, ironically, the Internet part. We build hardware happily, but when it comes time to code up web frontends to drive it all, the thrill is gone and the project is only half-done.

Including some simple web-based scripting functionality along with the microcontroller basics is one of the cleverest tricks up ESP8266 BASIC’s sleeves. BASIC author [mmiscool] puts it to good use in this short demo: a complete learning IR remote control that’s driven through a web interface, written in just a few lines of BASIC.

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The Best Conference Badge Of 2017 Is A WiFi Lawn
Saturday, 18 February 2017 18:00

It’s February, conference season hasn’t even started yet, and already there’s a winner of the best electronic badge of the year. For this year’s MAGfest in beautiful downtown Baltimore, [CNLohr] and friends distributed 2,000 ESP8266-based swag badges.

These custom #badgelife badges aren’t. Apparently, MAGFest wouldn’t allow [CNLohr] to call these devices ‘badges’. Instead, these are ‘swadges’, a combination of swag and badges.  On board theses swadges is an ESP-12, a quartet of RGB LEDs, and buttons for up, down, left, right, A, B, Select, and Start. The swadge is powered by two AA batteries (sourced from Costco of all places), …read more

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The Death of the Telco
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:05

symbiotic networkThe birth of the Google's Android mobile phone OS will end our reliance on telco's phone networks and give 'power to the people' resulting in free mobile (cell) phone calls for everyone!

How's it work?

Currently your mobile phone is tied to a telco's network. It sends and receives calls via their network. For example, if the phone you're calling is in the same room as you, your call will be sent to the telco network base station (potentially miles away) redirected and bounced back to the phone your calling a few feet away!

The physical electronics of mobile phones CAN enable them to send and receive signals with each other...so if you're within signal range of the phone your calling there is no need for the telco's network...

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Good Times for Free Wi-Fi
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Free Wi-Fi locations are getting more use than ever and more locations, provided by our corporate friends, are increasingly popping up around the world.

Barnes & Noble, Borders Books and McDonald's have recently added thousands of new locations by switching from paid to free Wi-Fi.

Over the Christmas period Google supported Free Wi-Fi at a number of airports, and many have decided to continue providing free Wi-Fi on their own volition, most notably Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo and Osaka.

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