Is a Crappy Wi-Fi Signal Ruining Your Netflix Streams? Hy-Fi Routers…

The nerdiest thing our Matt Buchanan ever wanted was an awesome powerline router. I'll see your nerdiness, Matt, and raise you one. Hy-Fi Routers crossbreed Wi-Fi, ethernet, powerline, and MoCA to give you a mutant baby of ultimate internet reliability. The dream of consistently fast 100Mbps internet all over my… » 1/14/12 12:20am 1/14/12 12:20am

U.S. Senator Calls Robot Projects Wasteful. Robots Call Senator Wasteful

A U.S. senator has cited three robotics projects as examples of "wasteful" research that lack useful applications and shouldn't have received government funding. » 6/15/11 2:00pm 6/15/11 2:00pm

How to Monitor and Control Your Home From Anywhere

If you ever saw a "Home of the Future" exhibit and thought you'd never be able to enjoy such awesome levels of home automation, well, your wait is over. With equipment available right now, you can assemble a do-it-yourself home-control system capable of managing everything from your lighting and ceiling fans to your… » 2/24/11 11:00am 2/24/11 11:00am

The Dirty Secret of Today's 4G: It's Not 4G

T-Mobile claims the largest "4G" network in the country. Verizon's launching its "4G" LTE network later this year. And Sprint loves talking about "4G" WiMax. Thing is, none of these networks are actually 4G. Not by a long shot. » 11/05/10 2:00pm 11/05/10 2:00pm

Undersea Internet Cables Are Dangerously Vulnerable To Attack

Here's a surprising fact: 99% of intercontinental data travels through underwater cables (not satellites.) But a report by the IEEE says that those cables, which are essential to international commerce, are vulnerable to sabotage and in urgent need of securing. » 5/19/10 4:00pm 5/19/10 4:00pm

We Should Have 1Gbps Wi-Fi by 2012

The IEEE has begun voting on the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard recently. And while things aren't even in the drafting phrase yet, this means that we should see the new standard—and the theoretical 1Gbps speeds it brings—by December 2012. » 12/07/09 7:19pm 12/07/09 7:19pm

Philips Emotion Jacket Touches You In Movie Theaters

End of Titanic. Rose floating on debris, Jack in the water. You want to cry but can't. Philips' new concept jacket gives you a little hug (out of sympathy? pity?) and there go the waterworks. » 3/19/09 10:00pm 3/19/09 10:00pm

Wireless Roaming Wi-Fi 802.11r Standard Beats 11n to Completion

The 802.11n standard for Wi-Fi may still be technically a draft » 8/29/08 7:39am 8/29/08 7:39am specification, but the IEEE has now completed the 802.11r specs, making a new standard for Wi-Fi roaming. Why should you care about this? It's designed for those moments when a Wi-Fi-connected device moves between hotspots, something the original 802.11…

Bionic Body Shop is Much Less Girly Than Current Body Shop

IEEE, the industry trade mag for gigantic nerds, has this cool Flash demo of what a bionic body shop of the future would look like. Just pick out the parts of your body you'd want to enhance-hand, leg, heart, eyeball, ear, brain, peepee , foot or bladder-and it'll show you how much the add-on will cost. It's a part of… » 6/03/08 2:20pm 6/03/08 2:20pm

WiMAX pt. Deux: 1Gbit Speed, 4G Compliance

Recently, the IEEE has been hard at work ironing out the details on their latest Wi-Fi project dubbed '802.16m.' » 2/20/07 10:13pm 2/20/07 10:13pm

The IEEE is campaigning hard for this to become the underlying technology of 4G networks. It's slated for a 2009 unveiling, but don't hold your breath—judging by previous instances, this will probably…

Anal Old Men Make One Small Step Toward 802.11n

Good news for 802.11n fans. The IEEE committee has just finished resolving the 12,000 comments—a.k.a. things companies didn't like—about the 802.11n protocol. Draft 2.0 has been advanced with a 100-0 vote with 5 abstentions (you can probably guess how those 5 were going to vote), which means it's now going out for a… » 1/19/07 4:30pm 1/19/07 4:30pm

2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

The greatest minds in robotics are gathering in Orlando, Florida to exchange information and hear themselves talk hear talks given on humanoid robots. A central topic: lifelike robots. One of the purposes of building these lifelike robots is to increase understanding of the human body, such as the dynamic robot-face… » 5/18/06 6:05pm 5/18/06 6:05pm