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Monday, February 02, 2004


Wireless broadband access from the village Coke machine

IEEE Spectrum has an article on John Gage, with Sun Microsystems. One of his many ideas is especially interesting:
"... Gage ... begins describing a Nortel product he just saw at the International Telecommunication Union conference in Geneva. The IEEE 802.11-based device, the size of a Pringles potato chip can, self-configures into a wireless network. Gage speaks rapidly, in a low voice, excited by the possibilities. 'The thing can find its own network,' he says. 'So I figure, you can put one in all the Coke machines in the world, because vending machines have power supplies. And you put them in the townships of South Africa, which lets you get telephony.'"


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