A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets

Wireless technology more than 10 times faster than the best Wi-Fi is coming to market in 2015.

By Tom Simonite on January 15, 2015

Adding this circuit board to a laptop allows it to use a new wireless technology called WiGig that is more than 10 times faster than a typical Wi-Fi connection.

Adding this circuit board to a laptop allows it to use a new wireless technology called WiGig that is more than 10 times faster than a typical Wi-Fi connection.

Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection. As well as transferring videos and other large files in a flash, this could do away with the cables used to hook PCs up to displays or projectors.

The wireless technology that will allow this is known as 60 gigahertz—after the radio frequency it uses—and by the name “WiGig.” Computing giants including Apple, Microsoft, and Sony have quietly collaborated on the new standard for years, and a handful of products featuring WiGig are already available. But the technology will get a big push this year, with several companies bringing products featuring WiGig to market.

WiGig carries data much faster than Wi-Fi because its higher frequency radio signal can be used to encode more information. The maximum speed of a wireless channel using the current 60 gigahertz protocol is seven gigabits per second (in perfect conditions). That compares to the 433 megabits per second possible via a single channel made using the most advanced Wi-Fi protocol in use today, which transmits at five megahertz. Most Wi-Fi networks use less advanced technology that operates even slower.

Qualcomm, a leading maker of mobile device processors and wireless chips, has invested heavily in WiGig. At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, the company demonstrated a wireless router for home or office use with the technology built in. That device will go on sale by the end of 2015.

Qualcomm has also designed the latest in its line of Snapdragon mobile processors to support WiGig. The “reference designs” Qualcomm shows to customers include its 60-gigahertz wireless chips, and the first devices built using the Snapdragon 810 processor are expected to go on sale in mid-2015. At CES, Qualcomm showed tablets built with that processor using WiGig to transfer video.

Mark Grodzinsky, a director of product management at Qualcomm, says WiGig technology should be much more reliable than Wi-Fi. As well as reducing congestion by providing a fresh chunk of airwaves to use, WiGig suffers less interference because it is directional. Whereas Wi-Fi devices blast their signal in all directions, WiGig ones use an array of tens of tiny antennas to point a beam toward the device they are connecting to.

“You’re not dirtying the air around you,” says Grodzinsky. “You could have a bunch of them in the same room and they would not interfere with each other.”

Those working on WiGig technology predict that demand for high definition video will make the technology necessary. The latest smartphones now record video at extremely high resolution. Grodzinsky says WiGig will start appearing in set-top boxes, making it easier to stream content from mobile devices to high definition TVs, or upload it to the Internet. Qualcomm calculates that its WiGig technology will make it possible to transfer a full-length HD movie in just three minutes.

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With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again

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Editor’s note: Dr. Michael Patton is co-founder and CEO of Texas-based Medical Innovation Labs.

The recent and successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are, dare I say, cool again.

I’ve never seen a flood of interest as we have enjoyed recently. This is a great thing; I love the idea that innovators the world over, from almost every discipline and industry, are carefully researching and ultimately choosing to pursue opportunities in the device field. We need all the help we can get.

3D printing technology has been used to create everything from knee cartilage to new drugs for treating cancer. A fully-functioning liver is expected in a few years. Or as the New Yorker put it recently: It is now possible to “print thyself.

Perfecting the process of bioprinting human organs and bones, and engineering DNA scaffolding from which to develop precise medicinal compounds is a focus for universities, private labs, and venture-funded startups alike, and for good reason. We can even print metal as of today; we’re no longer limited strictly to polymers.

Colleagues have repeatedly inquired: what are the overarching implications of Peking’s result, and others’, for the future of device innovation? After so much fanfare, has 3D printing for healthcare finally arrived? What is the state of the union of these technologies in the U.S.? How close are we to widespread clinical use? Where should I place my chips?

These are the right questions to be asking, especially given that the United States is still the leader in medical device manufacturing. The domestic market is projected to reach $133 billion by 2016. This is one area in which jobs are not just secure, but multiplying. We have a natural advantage in devices, right here in our backyard.

Below is a summary of the medical device market, the context of which I think will be helpful whether you’re a clinician-turned-entrepreneur, a hardware or software engineer, an investor, or a healthcare provider or administrator. Then we’ll discuss 3D printing’s specific promise in greater detail.

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App Happy

3 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

A trio of iPhone and Android apps—Hours, Lift and Workflow—to improve make getting things done faster and more fun

By Kevin Sintumuang

Lift

Don’t know what your New Year’s resolutions should be? Browse Lift. Not only does the app offer a menu of self-improvement goals—going paleo, meditating or simply learning to set priorities for each day—it also will guide you through one-on-one chats with a personal coach at a cost of $15 a week. (Lift encourages you to try different mentors until you find the most inspiring one for you.) In addition to having someone nudge you and hold you accountable, the app breaks your goals down into actionable steps, so that you can start to build healthier habits. Change takes time, after all. Available for Android and iOS. Free, lift.do

Workflow

If you often find yourself doing the same multi-step tasks on your smartphone—like opening your calendar app to check your next appointment, then launching a map to find directions—Workflow has the potential to save you a lot of time. It automates tasks across different apps, streamlining what would normally take a lot of swiping and pecking to just a few taps. The ambitious user can create custom shortcuts for Instagram and Twitter, but the app also provides ready-made workflows for handy tasks such as shortening a URL when you copy and paste it, or texting someone with your estimated time of arrival home—leaving you more time to plow through your other resolutions. Available for iOS. $3, my.workflow.is

 

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End of 2014 Laptop Special

Lenovo ThinkPad L412’s

I’m sure you know the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.”. In some cases, this may be true but here, at SecondChanceIT, we tend not to have that frame of mind. How about, “Lightly used but like new.”?

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What do people in your state buy the most?

The Most Popular eBay Item In Every State

by Ashley Lutz – August 26, 2014

E-commerce giant eBay has revealed the most popular item in every state. Californians favored high-end women’s accessories, while men’s cologne ruled in New Jersey. Some states were more practical. People in Ohio purchased outdoor equipment. North Carolina residents spent their money on baby products, while Connecticut customers bought batteries. Texans ordered “tactical and hunting goods,” while New Yorkers favored firearms. Here’s the full graphic.

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