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Is Passpoint HotSpot 2.0?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sky Dayton

Sky Dayton seems to believe it is, and I don’t see any reason to doubt him, as long as the adoption is there.

In the technical sense, Hotspot 2.0 is the specification and Passpoint is the trademarked branding the Wi-Fi Alliance is using for certified devices. So I’m using 2.0 moniker loosely…

Clearly demand is outstripping availability of available bandwidth on wireless networks, the ability to ‘roam’ on to WiFi hotspots with seamless voice/data sounds like a great way to solve the problem for both carriers and users. Standards appear to now have been in place for a couple years, adoption is now the key to it’s success.

An interesting read…

http://www.skydayton.com/skydayton/2014/5/21/catching-the-next-wi-fi-wave


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MP3 Player? With hacked macro lens.

MP3 Player? With hacked macro lens.

Over the years I’ve considered developing quite a few fun and interesting cell phone applications. Unfortunately, after developing some software to test and trying a dozen different cell phones some inherent physical limitations proved too large to overcome.

Most cell phones while having adequate resolution, are fixed focus lenses that can only focus about 2 feet away and farther. Much closer than that and the images become a fuzzy mess!

This totally destroys any hopes of some of the cool applications that can be made by barcode scanning products (e.g. price checks, order online) and scanning text (e.g business cards, subscription cards).

Imagine you walk in to a store in the mall and see something you like, but you’re not sure about the price. You scan it, and you phone opens google maps with all the nearby locations that have that product and the prices they charge. Things like this would be possible with the addition of a tiny bit of extra optical help…

Someday…


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