Showing posts with label Wireless technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wireless technology. Show all posts

Saturday 4 October 2014

Intel Wireless Charging In a Bowl Expected Soon

Intel Wireless Charging Bowl
Everybody’s got attracted to the fact the vendors were announcing long battery life and various strategies for the electronics gadgets. This interested can be easily attributed to the fact that the customers are looking for easiest and less time consuming to keep their mobile gadgets and other smartphones up and running. Intel is looking to be the leader in technology giants and give the customers with the best solutions.

According to Intel Corporation's CEO, Brian Krzanich, the wireless charging bowl of Intel targeted for devices like smartphones is expected to be available in the market around end of 2014. This was stated in the MakerCon conference in New York. Brian Krzanich was selected as the CEO for the chipmaker in 2013.

Even though this announcement of the charging bowl was around January, this was among the first few ideas of the CEO which was introduced at International Consumer Electronics Show. According to the CEO, the idea of the charging bowl has received overwhelming response from the customers and tech shows and they are being constantly contacted by the customers to get more information about the device release date.

Although the price of the device has not been revealed, but according to the CEO the device will be expected to be launched by the holiday season. Brian also indicated that the company is currently working on number of projects and also gave road maps for the same.

As per the reports many products are at the final stages or have been revealed and some of them already hitting the retail stores.

Brian also disclosed that the concept behind the charging bowl is classic. He stated that he saw some of the employees of Intel sitting at a table and discussing the currently available wearable in the market and how it becomes irritating for them to put a plug to keep the device working and powered up. This led to the basic concept of developing something which can be used to charge the wearable devices without plugging or by throwing it on something.

Earlier this year, it was absolutely clear that Intel was working on something in the coming days which will make the people of the PC environment to enjoy charging as a wireless experience. Intel's senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen was able to demonstrate the process in which the wireless technology can be incorporated in a table which will have the capability to charge a number of devices at the same time. The wireless charging bowl is similar to any normal bowl one can find at home to put keys, loose coins and some other items.

According to Brian, one of the team member stated that she throws her jewelry in bowl once she reaches home. This gave them the idea to convert the chip bowl and make it into a charger. The team went to a nearby Wal-Mart, picked up a chip bowl and manipulated it to make a charger. This idea actually worked.

Thursday 4 September 2014

Wireless Technologies That Could Transform Your Home Networks

Home Networks
The “Internet of Things” is about to dawn on us and with that we will soon see an explosion of devices that can talk to each other without wires and act according to your needs – a “smart” home. Home networks mostly consist of standard Wi-Fi and Ethernet cabling with game consoles and set-top boxes for content streaming.

However as the devices increase, such heterogeneity can be a problem with various devices offering orthogonal protocols. Thus, unified mode of communication is needed between them. This calls for new Wireless technologies, which will change our home networks and make them more versatile and universal.

Wi-Fi 802.11ac

The Wi-Fi protocol named 802.11 is defined by IEEE and it was approved in January 2014. It can significantly change our home networks it is being supported by a number of OEMs and backed by the Wireless Alliance.

With most homes streaming video contents from Internet sources (Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Crackle, etc) via their console or boxes to TVs, a large bandwidth is needed. It supports a maximum of 1 Gbps multi-station output and 500 Mbps over a single line.

This is done by adopting a wider RF bandwidth, more MIMO streams and high density modulation (256-QAM). Most commercial routers, Smartphones and chipsets are already supporting it. With those speed, you could stream multiple HD videos, zero buffering and no more tangled cords between devices.

Near Field Communication

NFC has changed the way we look at wireless communication. NFC has none of the associated sharing of PINs and password troubles. You just tap two NFC devices to transfer whatever data you need with speeds much greater than Bluetooth.

It is present in most modern Smartphones also an increasing number of home appliances. Imagine you look for a recipe online on your Smartphones and send it to your microwave for cooking instructions via NFC. The possibilities are endless. With Wi-Fi Direct as NFC transfer method, 300 Mbps speeds are possible for data transfer. Furthermore, it can be made to consume very low power with Bluetooth LE profile.


While the name may suggest some fable, it is a Wireless technology that will simplify your streaming needs without the hassle of setting up routers and Internet connections. The transfer is done via Wi-Fi direct and enables streaming of audio and video from any device to any other device.

Upto 1080p FullHD video with 5.1 surround sound is supported and the protocol is backed by Wireless Alliance. Most OEMs have already support for Miracast as it requires hardware support. Thus it can be thought off as a wireless HDMI connection with H.264 codec and its own DRM. Thus you never have to worry about file formats and codec support between devices.

With emerging technologies in the field of wireless communication, we will be living in a more connected world. These technologies are pushing the boundaries of wireless communication and making our devices connected with each other providing a hassle-free and enriched experience. The 21st century has truly arrived!