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Wireless World

October 23rd, 2003 · No Comments

Wireless and Mobility were the key messages at the Intel Developer’s Forum that I attended a couple days ago. Emerging markets like India are already seeing the benefits from cellphones. CNN has more on this new wirefree world:

Experts say the 21st century will usher in a second Information Age in which these technologies, and their benefits, will be accessible anytime, anywhere. Linking it all together? An absence of wires.

Soon, pundits predict, many more consumer electronics — from computers to stereos to coffee makers — could electronically connect with one another, as well as with thermostats, watches and other digital devices.

“Everyone is going to be able to tap into this pervasive wireless world,” said Wade Roush, senior editor of Technology Review, pointing to rapidly improving technology and falling prices. “[Wireless technologies] are going to change the way we communicate with each other.”

Those connected with the wireless world say these technologies are in their infancy. Even though sales of Wi-Fi units have doubled annually in recent years, Wi-Fi Alliance Chairman Dennis Eaton says the technologies may just be beginning a significant growth spurt.

“Think of the Internet, back in 1995-1996,” said Norm Rose, head of Travel Technology Consulting. “Wireless and mobile technology is the next boom. When it takes off, it will be even more disruptive than the Internet.

The Always-On world is coming, even to the world’s emerging markets.

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