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Blown Away – Google Is Testing Wearable Cell Phone / Computer For Intro 2014??

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

As readers of my blog know, I don’t take somebody’s hard work, change a few sentences around and claim it as my own. We don’t do anything or treat anybody that way. So you can read the entire New York Daily News article by Erik Ortiz by reading it below or by clicking on the link below his name below.

I am blown away by the info in Erik’s piece today. While everyone close to the tech business has known for a long time that Google was working on eye glass computers, I don’t think most of us knew they had made so much progress, so quickly. Rumor has it that when you are wearing them you can look at somebody and the computer’s camera will transfer your image to its processor. Then , if your profile is on pretty much any social media site, it will immediately present your personal information to the wearer of the computer in his or her left eye! I don’t doubt anything Google can do any longer, so the rumor might be true.

The last I saw Google’s prototype, it was the size of a six-pack and hung from the waist by s strap over the shoulder. But look at the progress they have made. Unbelievable!

When we started in the cell phone signal boosting and repeating business, I thought it was high-tech stuff, and it was. But the exponential growth of technological advancement now has me wondering if I will be working for a robot in just a few years.

 

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Erik’s actual articlehttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/google-glass-wearable-computers-pose-driving-hazard-article-1.1397898

There’s another ticket that could be coming down the pike for distracted drivers: driving while wearing Google Glass.

As state and local governments ban texting or using handheld cell phones while operating a vehicle, the advent of wearable computers is already on the radar of anxious legislators who think the new technology could lead to more accidents.

Lawmakers in West Virginia and Delaware have introduced bills banning such electronic devices, and safe driving advocates say it makes sense now to take up the issue — before the use of Google Glass and similar gizmos become commonplace.

A new groundbreaking app released last week even combines the use of Google Glass with driving the Tesla Model S electric car.

“It’s pretty obvious that something that requires the preoccupation of one of your eyes, thus depriving a person of the depth perception of stereoscopic vision, is something that should not be done while driving,” AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair said in an email.

Although Google Glass remains in limited release, the futuristic headset could be sold on the mass market next year — meaning more people could be wearing them on the road.

 

The GlassTesla app allows drivers wearing Google Glass to control functions in a Tesla Model S. Some lawmakers, however, say using the futuristic device while driving poses a safety hazard.

The device allows users to make phone calls, send emails, take pictures and record video — tasks that can be done with simple hand movements and voice-operated commands. A small display sits to the upper right of the headset requiring the wearer to look up.

Already, the idea that someone could be surreptitiously taking pictures and video with Glass has led the device to be banned in certain settings, including strip clubs, casinos and movie theaters.

The Glass website recognizes that there are “some places where using the devices simply isn’t appropriate.”

“It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time,” a Glass spokesperson told CNET.com.

But whether the car will be one of those prohibited places for the device remains to be seen.

Evidence suggests that driving with a hands-free phone doesn’t equate with safety.

 

Sahas Katta, 24, has created an app that pairs Google Glass with a Tesla Model S electric car.

AAA study released last month reported that operating a car while using a cell phone — regardless of whether it is hands-free or not — reduces brain activity related to driving by 37%. And drivers who text behind the wheel are eight times more likely to get into a crash or almost crash compared to someone who’s not texting.

“They found that using a hands-free device is just as distracting as handheld phones,” said Robert Rosenberger, assistant professor of philosophy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“With Google Glass, not only is it another way to do hands-free calling, but if you’re throwing these other things up in front of you like text, you can be distracted by a text conversation even if you’re looking at the road,” Rosenberger added.

While he isn’t yet convinced Glass should be banned outright, he does like the idea that people are talking about it now.

Sahas Katta, 24, has created an app that pairs Google Glass with a Tesla Model S electric car.

Katta, the founder of San Jose, Calif.-based startup Pepperdeck, released a free app that allows Glass wearers who drive the electric Tesla Model S to control the vehicle in certain ways.

The GlassTesla app lets the driver start or stop the car’s electric charging, honk the horn and flash its lights, keep track of the mileage and temperature and locate the vehicle’s location on a projected map.

The features are possible with the Tesla because the car has a built-in 3G connection.

But Katta said that with Google’s continual upgrade of Glass — and with other carmakers also looking to include Internet connectivity in their vehicles — he is planning for the app to do more.

“If you’re walking to the car with a bunch of groceries in your hands, you’ll be able to say, ‘OK, Glass, open the trunk,’” he said. “It makes our lives more seamless.”

So far, 62 people are actively using the app since it launched.

Katta added that the features are ones that can be accessed while the car is in park.

“Having no devices in the car would be safest, but it’s not always a reality,” he said. “With Glass, you don’t need to take your hands off the wheel and you’re not taking your eyes off the road.”

Google Glass requires the user to look through a display above the right eye.

“With Google Glass, not only is it another way to do hands-free calling, but if you’re throwing these other things up in front of you like text, you can be distracted by a text conversation even if you’re looking at the road,” Rosenberger added.

While he isn’t yet convinced Glass should be banned outright, he does like the idea that people are talking about it now.

“With cell phones, we waited until they got normal and people felt like they could do it while driving,” Rosenberger said. “Now they’re using it all the time.”

But software engineer Sahas Katta says there are positive features for pairing wearable computers with a car.

Katta, the founder of San Jose, Calif.-based startup Pepperdeck, released a free app that allows Glass wearers who drive the electric Tesla Model S to control the vehicle in certain ways.

The GlassTesla app lets the driver start or stop the car’s electric charging, honk the horn and flash its lights, keep track of the mileage and temperature and locate the vehicle’s location on a projected map.

Google Glass is the latest wearable technology that some legislators are considering banning while driving.


Verizon Says It’s 4G LTE Covers 95% Of US Population

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Note: We have cell phone signal boosters that boost the signal inside and outside of buildings wirelessly for all the cellular technologies mentioned in this article.

From Verizon Wireless   June 27, 2013

Verizon announced today that starting in late 2014, smartphones released through the carrier would only be compatible with 4G LTE, weaning customers off of the aging 3G network.  This comes on the heels of Verizon’s proclamation that their 4G LTE network has now reached 500 U.S. markets, covers 49 states, and is accessible by 95% of the population.

In a recent blog post proclaiming the ubiquity of 4G LTE, Verizon cites statistics predicting that 4G LTE will connect 220 million subscribers and 24 billion devices by 2014.  With 4G LTE service reaching 99% of their existing 3G customers, Verizon considers their rollout of the service largely complete.

Next up, Verizon reportedly has plans to begin integrating Advanced Wireless Service (AWS), or LTE-A, into its wireless network, although they have yet to announce a timeline.  Unlike 3G vs. 4G, LTE-A will not be a new level of service, but an improvement on the existing 4G LTE network.  Advanced LTE will allow for vastly improved speeds and greater bandwidth.  T-Mobile is also deploying LTE-A, with plans to have it available in some markets by the end of 2013.

Even though no major carriers currently support LTE-A, it’s already making its way into consumer technology.  Samsung announced this week that the upcoming Galaxy S4 [NOTE: This will be a different Galaxy S4  than the one now on the market. Verizon does not anticipate hitting the market with LTE-Advanced until late 2014], powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, will be (italics added) the first smartphone to integrate LTE-A capability.

The Galaxy S4’s LTE-A feature is ahead of the curve, and may help encourage carriers to accelerate deployment of LTE-A.  While the S4 will also be compatible with existing networks, Samsung claims potential speeds of 150 Mbps on an LTE-A network; twice the speed we’re getting now.  The Galaxy S4 will test the waters in South Korea this summer before making its way to the U.S.

Why we will not sell a cell phone signal booster

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

We sometimes have to refuse to sell someone a cell phone signal booster or cell phone repeater. We do it because we will not sell a person something we know will not solve his or her cell phone or computer data card signal problem. And, to be honest, we’ve got better things to do than create ill-will and extra work on our part by selling something we know we will be returned.

We are cellular signal problem solvers, not product sellers. When we solve your signal problem, our products sell. So, product selling takes care of itself. We know the cellular signal business and we know our products. We ask inquirers numerous questions and listen carefully to people’s signal issues before making any product recommendation. Sometimes it works out that we know that the person has a signal issue that our Wilson Electronics signal boosters simply will not cure.

An example would be a person who lives in the valley of a high hill and his or her service provider’s tower is on the other side of it. Sometimes, the signals from the service provider’s tower are completely blocked by the hill. In this case, our products will not help and we will not sell them claiming that they will, or even might.

There are situations where those signals come across the top of the hill, but pass too high and over the person’s building. In many of those situations, we can design a cell phone signal booster kit that will solve the problem.

A cell phone signal booster’s outside antenna must have line of sight to the signal it is to boost. This doesn’t mean that it has to see the tower; it just has to have access to the signal it is putting out. If that signal is blocked by anything, there is simply nothing for it to boost. A thousand times nothing is still nothing.

You can count on us, at UnwiredSignal.com, to always tell you the truth, even if it is something that neither of us wants to hear. We would rather miss a sale here and there by refusing to sell you a signal booster than to cause you and ourselves a huge hassle by selling you something that won’t do the job. Even people we turn down refer their friends and associates to us because they appreciate the honesty.

When we engineer cellular repeater systems for large and/or complex applications we always spec the components that the engineering formula shows will adequately do the job; we don’t pad it. What goes around, comes around. We believe it’s the way we do business that keeps companies like The Fairmont Hotels, Chevron Energy and Tyson Foods coming back to us over and over.

We will treat you with the same honesty, respect and appreciation that we have treated all of our customers with since 2001.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

9/20/11 update:

Sunday, 9/18/11, ATT officially pressed the “activate” button on its new LTE (long term evolution) network . According to both PCWorld.com and CNET, each of which tested the new network, it is fast squared. However, when comparing the test results to the speeds Verizon users currently get, keep in mind that ATT’s LTE network was virtually empty when the tests were run and Verizon’s LTE has lots of users since it has been in the marketplace for about nine months now.

Rather than give you a recap of the many articles I read about ATT’s LTE network  and the comparisons between it and Verizon’s LTE system, let me direct you to the two most succinct ones. The first is a Q & A done by Jessica Dalcourt at CNET which explains what you can and can’t do on ATT’s LTE network. The second Sascha Segan and David Peirce titled “ATT vs. Verizon: LTE, Head-to-Head”.

In the above articles you can review actual speeds of actual uploads and downloads.

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Another axample of cell phone signal issues solved by the fine people at UnwiredSignal.com. More will follow………

In 2007, after building its National Communications Center, Verizon Wireless discovered that it was a cellular dead zone ( no negatives implied, simply fact). They turned to us to design a cell phone repeater system for the 6,000 sq. ft facility. It was a relatively simple design, using standard radio frequency formulas,  as far a building size was concerned,  but the numerous employees that might have cellular devices in use simultaneously had to be taken into consideration during the process.

The system we designed and sold to Verizon Wireless contained, like all of the cell phone signal boosters and repeaters we design, all Wilson Electronics amplifiers and antennas. We designed and delivered it to them in short order and the Verizon Wireless engineer overseeing the project called back to thank us for how well it worked (truth is, I think he was surprised that such an inexpensive solution would, in fact, solve their cell phone signal dead zone inside of the otherwise high-tech facility).

Of course, the cell phone repeater kit we designed for them also boosted the signals for their other cellular wireless devices, like Blackberries and laptops that used cellular air cards and/or modems.

We have also helped employees of Verizon Wireless retail stores save their clients (and commissions). It is not unusual for any service provider’s store personnel call to explain that a customer has just switched to them from another provider and the customer can’t get cell phone or cellular internet service at a specific location and could we “help”.

The employee then puts their customer on the phone with us, we listen to the issue, then make a recommendation for a signal booster solution. Often, that’s all it takes for a cellular service provider’s retail store to keep a new customer: the Wilson Electronics signal booster for their specific issue explained and sold by UnwiredSignal.com

Lawmaker wants cell phone service providers to tell the truth about 4G

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Washington, D.C. – June 22, 2011.

 

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act.
 
As more consumers use their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices to stream video and other data-intensive apps and services, speed really matters. Americans are excited about the latest generation of advanced wireless broadband, commonly referred to as “4G,” but without a standard definition of the technology, consumers often experience vastly different speeds depending on the wireless provider and location. This legislation aims to ensure that consumers have complete and accurate information about the speed of 4G service before committing to a plan. The bill also helps consumers understand network reliability, coverage and pricing.
 
“Consumers deserve to know exactly what they’re getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan,” said Rep. Eshoo. “The wireless industry has invested billions to improve service coverage, reliability and data speeds, and consumers demand for 4G is expected to explode. But consumers need to know the truth about the speeds they’re actually getting. My legislation is simple – it will establish guidelines for understanding what 4G speed really is, and ensure that consumers have all the information they need to make an informed decision.”
 
Specifically, the legislation would provide consumers with the following information at the point of sale and in all billing materials:
 
•Guaranteed minimum data speed
 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Network reliability
 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Coverage area maps
 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Pricing
 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Technology used to provide 4G service
 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Network conditions that can impact the speed of applications and services used on the network.
 
The legislation also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to evaluate the speed and price of 4G wireless data service provided by the top ten U.S. wireless carriers in order to provide consumers with access to a side-by-side comparison in their service area.
 
Rep. Eshoo continued, “Consumers want faster, more reliable wireless data service, and I look forward to working with industry and consumer groups to achieve this goal. We need to enhance transparency and ensure consumers are fully informed before they commit to a long-term service contract.”
 
Several groups have announced their support of the legislation to make it easier for consumers to have all the information necessary to make smart decisions when choosing a wireless data plan:
 
Parul P. Desai, Policy Counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, said, “The Eshoo bill will empower consumers who are shopping for wireless broadband service. It will help people cut through the clutter so we can compare prices and options, and we can better understand what really constitutes 4G data service. Right now, there aren’t a lot of consumer protections for mobile broadband customers, and the Eshoo bill would help ensure consumers have certain rights and information when they sign up for a plan.”
 
“I commend Congresswoman Eshoo for introducing legislation that gives consumers more clear and concise information about the mobile broadband services they are buying,” stated Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative. “Today, more than ever, as mobile broadband providers employ Orwellian doublespeak advertising that tout ‘unlimited plans’ that are in fact not unlimited and market ’4g’ speeds in terms of ‘lightning fast’ and ‘supercharged,’ transparency rules that provide consumers with basic information regarding the actual price, minimum speed, and plain language terms of service are desperately needed.”
 
“This bill might not have been necessary if there were enough competition in the wireless market, but there isn’t,” said Andrew Schwartzman, Senior Vice President and Policy Director for the Media Access Project. “Representative Eshoo is performing an important service by making sure that wireless companies give consumers accurate and useful information.”
 
“This much-needed legislation will require mobile providers to clearly and prominently disclose terms and conditions of their “4G” service in marketing materials, at the point of sale, and in monthly bills,” said Gigi B. Sohn, President of Public Knowledge. “This legislation will empower consumers to make more informed decisions on their choice of wireless service, and this increased transparency within the mobile space will enable consumers to better understand a product before committing to a lengthy contract with a particular provider. Simply put, Rep. Eshoo’s legislation will empower consumer choice and remedy this situation.”
 
The  Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act. has been referred to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.