You know that Louis CK joke about Wi-Fi on aeroplanes? He says, "It's fast, and I'm watching YouTube clips. It's amazing — I'm on an aeroplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, 'This is bullshit.'" It's so true.
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Wireless technology is already amazing. It's any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone transfers data.
There's a small army of adorable, little, (sometimes) phone-powered satellites out in space, circling the globe. And while they're damn impressive for their size, they face some challenges. They don't have much room for antennas, for instance. But MIT's new inflatable balloon antennas should change all that.
Wireless uploads of big files take for-ev-er. But researchers at Georgia Tech University have plans for an antenna made of crazy thin graphene that would let you transfer a whole terabit of data in just one second.
Between pay TV, Boxee and online streaming videos, there's never been more ways to watch your favourite TV shows. So why are so many people turning to old-fashioned bunny ears to watch TV? Because it's good, it's cheap, and it's live.
Other than the battery, a phone's myriad radio antennae take up a good chunk of its internals. But a new design from the University of Michigan, funded by government grants, could dramatically change this. Tiny, hemispheric, super-efficient. Maybe the future.