Ultra Wideband (UWB) is about to go big time. Certified Wireless USB, the first volume product using WiMedia UWB, will change how you think about connecting your digital camera, iPod or phone to your PC or TV. With over 2 billion legacy wired USB connections, that's one big market! The goal of WiMedia UWB is much more than unwiring your gadgets. By 2008, it aims to be the basis for all short-distance wireless communications including wireless 1394 and high speed Bluetooth.
Last month we described Get Digital's service converting CD collections to compressed digital audio formats. This month we report on how it works in practice. We found the "metadata" to be the most important part of their service, and they did very well indeed.
Broadband World Forum 2003: Making Money from Megabytes (BBHR 9/23/2003)
Our article includes many ideas on how service providers are working to mine the value of bandwidth.
One reader asked about broadband applications "being applicable in daily lives." Another is starting a web site on municipal wireless. And a third told us about his summer project setting up a home-brewed "drive-in movie theater".
With all the discussion about broadband's increasing speeds and applications, it's easy to take for granted the life-style changes that an always-on service makes. We talk about some of these in our home, and how hard it is to describe to people who aren't experiencing it.
CES: The Good Housekeeping Seal, Magnets & Watches: Was That Bill Gates? (BBHR 1/21/2003)
Bill Gates' opening talk at CES barely mentioned PCs. Instead, he talked about watches, exercise bikes, sewing machines and magnets -- with a focus on SPOT.
It's natural to focus on the "toys" at CES -- the products which are the result of all the new technologies being developed. But underneath these products are the critical chips that make possible the small form factors, low power consumption, reliable data communication and consumer-priced products. We visited with some key chip makers to look under the covers and judge what's coming next.
P2P -- peer-to-peer networking -- has arisen in place of Napster, and will prove harder to stop. It has a disproportionate impact on broadband service providers, since P2P clients target broadband content sources. Our article describes the situation, the players, and what happens next.