Faster, video-friendly wireless LAN technology is coming. New developments in the wireless space will provide wireless LAN users with speeds of 1.3 gigabits per second (and higher), enabling engineers to develop faster wireless devices and providing them with a bigger pipeline for high definition and 3D video streams.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Broadcom unveiled new silicon that provides 1.3 gigabit per second Wi-Fi, which the company is calling 5G Wi-Fi. The new technology leverages the 5 Ghz band (as opposed to traditional 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi), providing more bandwidth (and less interference from other wireless devices).
According to the company, the new chips are “three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions.” Continue reading
You won’t be skipping across water like McFly on his hover board in Back to the Future, but the interactive skateboard developed by Chaotic Moon has some neat tricks engineered into it. By combining a slightly bulkier than average skateboard, a Windows 8 tablet and Xbox Kinect controller, Chaotic Moon has created a Frankenstein device that responds to speech and gesture recognition while processing localization data, accelerometer data, and more.
The amalgamation allows a user to pilot what the developers are calling “the Board of Awesomeness” just by movement. Other features are hinted at, but not spelled out. The skateboard is due to be premiered at CES 2012.