Smart appliances and gadgets of the future

The evolution of the Internet has essentially taken mankind beyond the realm of imagination. I mean who would have ever perceived a world that used wireless broadband communication technology to stream video images 100 years ago. 2012 is no different as the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas certainly gave us a lot of further exciting and innovative gadgetry and automated appliances to look forward to.


At the CES 2012, onlookers were cheering the unveiling of the Samsung’s Smart Washing Machine – designed for busy people who are always on the go. Samsung’s hi-capacity WF457 front load washer is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to access your laundry washer remotely. It gives you complete access and control of your washing cycles and at the same time can reduce your wash time to up to 25% because of the SpeedSpray feature. The Samsung WF457 is estimated to use only 96kW/h of electricity and reduce water consumption by 70% which is good news for everyone.


Other amazing appliances that made waves at CES 2012 were LG’s Internet fridge and smart oven. Loaded with the right software these appliances can actually communicate tasks to each other. Talk about taking automation and convenience on a whole new level! LG’s classy French Door Refrigerator is equipped with touch screen LCD panel which can take advantage of a smartphone app for easy food monitoring in terms of expiry dates, fridge capacity levels or storage information. And just when you thought you’d seen the best already, LG revealed somethine else they had up their sleeve. After loading all food stuff inside the fridge, the unit would then analyze everything inside and make recipe suggestions. Wow! A fridge that can almost cook for you? The fridge can then pass this information on to the Smart Oven with cooking instructions. Its conveniently large with 6.2 cubic foot capacity and freestanding so it can accommodate for your everyday cooking and baking needs.


Cool features included in these appliances consist of smart access, smart adapt and smart diagnosis. Smart access simply means you can check the status of that appliance via a smartphone app while smart adapt allows homemakers to send actual or desired cooking times to the oven, and of course, via their smartphone. Finally, smart diagnosis makes detecting problems easier and simpler. A great example of smart diagnosis is LG’s Smart Washing Machine. Like the WF457, LG’s smart washer is also Wi-Fi ready and can be accessed by smartphones and smart TVs. Users can actually monitor their washing time thereby eliminating tiring trips to the laundry area just to check whether it’s done or not. If you compare these great features to your those on your traditional washing machine, they’re almost like a quantum leap apart.


Smart this and smart that – are they really all that smart or perhaps just convenient and practical? Well one thing is for sure, the automation and convenience that these smart appliances are now offering definitely does make for more efficiency. And if these smart appliances are just the tip of the iceberg, I’d certainly like to know what’s just around the corner, or more to the point, on show at the next year’s CES in 2013 because its surely going to be a blast.

Unwired Group renamed to Wireless Broadband Australia

The media and investment group’s wireless internet subsidiary Vividwireless yesterday confirmed that Unwired founder David Spence would resign from the company at the end of the month, leaving chief executive Martin Mercer to take full control of the business.

Also, effective from yesterday’s announcement, Seven’s wireless internet operation has been renamed, from Unwired Group to Wireless Broadband Australia.

via The Australian.

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Broadband WIFI in Cars with Ford Sync

Ford Motor Company will turn vehicles into rolling WiFi hot spots when it introduces the second generation of its popular SYNC® in-car connectivity system next year.

Inserting an owner’s compatible USB mobile broadband modem – sometimes called an “air card” – into SYNC’s USB port will produce a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled mobile devices to access the Internet anywhere the broadband modem receives connectivity.

“While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”

via Ford Motor .

McDonald’s offering free Wi-Fi in all US stores

From mid-January, McDonald’s will lift a $US2.95 fee that it had charged customers for two hours of wireless Internet access, available at about 11,000 of its 14,000 domestic locations.

According to McDonald’s USA’s chief information officer David Grooms, the free access comes under a partnership with telecommunications company AT&T, which provides McDonald’s stores with wireless internet services. Grooms would not discuss financial details of the arrangement, nor would he say how much McDonald's earned from such charges.

No announcements have been made about plans to extend the free wireless offering to stores in Australia.

via The Australian.

Clearwire Google Intel Comcast WIMAX Broadband

If the U.S. is a yardstick for things to come in the Telecommunication sector, than XOHM WiMAX Wireless Broadband could be ‘it’ for Australian Mobile Networks down the track.

Comcast, Intel and Google recently contributed around $3 billion to deploy a WiMAX mobile Internet Network in Chicago among other regions, and for these ‘big boys’ to show this much commitment, theres obviously some kind of potential behind the technology.

WiMAX (or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is still currently a questionable standard of telecommunications technology that supposedly offers uninterrupted broadband wireless Internet access to subscribers anywhere in that respective area. Mobile Phones, Personal Computers and other forms of communication devices are all compatible with WiMAX and unlike the WiFi standard, it apparently offers greater coverage and quality of service.

For the time being though, all eyes will be on Chicago as it embraces WiMAX as a Broadband alternative, and although it mightn’t be the preferred option for all Broadband users out there, it will certainly be closely monitored by many for it’s potential as a mainstream Wireless alternative of the future.

Source: Suntime.com

Google Wi-Fi steriods to provide free Broadband?

Recent world wide breaking news suggests that Google could be gearing up to provide free Broadband ‘android’ services in the not so distant future. Early indications have stated that Google is currently lobbying the United States FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in a bid to allow more personal devices to use the Internet and access so called ‘TV white space’ to transmit Broadband services.

Google’s Telecommunications counsel ‘Richard Whitt’ has coined the expression ‘Wi-Fi on Steroids’ or Wi-Fi 2.0, when referring to the respective technology that can potentially offer gigabits-per-second speeds. If successful with the bid, the U.S. could be using the proposed service as early as 2009 with Australians possibly being able to access a similar service by 2013 when our analogue TV broadcasts cease transmissions.

Read more at News.com.au

Wireless Broadband Access – Totally Mobile or Simply Unwired?

Wireless Broadband Internet Access is becoming increasingly popular with many consumers preferring to ditch the home phone landline and fixed Internet Connection in favour for Wireless free Broadband. Not only can you save money on your monthly Phone Bill, you can also enjoy the freedom of an unwired environment.

You see nowdays many people are opting top use their Mobile Phones more frequently opposed to the home phone and if needed, acquire a VoIP Internet Service (wired or wireless) to use for local and national calls. Now there’s two basic methods of receiving a wireless Internet Broadband. The first is via a wireless modem or should I say Wi-Fi Modem or Router using a typical fixed line Broadband Internet service. This gives you the freedom to roam around your house (naked if you like) using a laptop or moving your PC wirelessly from room to room. For example, Virgin Broadband’s latest wireless deal ‘Broadband at Home’ gives you this very option and includes free national and local phone calls.  

On the other hand you may want to enjoy the freedom and convenience of being  totally flexible on a Mobile Wireless Broadband Plan that you can use on the road, at home, or down at the local cafe having a coffee with your next door neighbor’s wife? This is where the likes of Telstra BigPond’s extensive wireless coverage network comes into play. BigPond and their Next G wireless Broadband Plans give you the ability to move outside the home into rural, remote and more provincial type regions with wireless Internet cards. For example, you can sign up to a BigPond Next G Wireless Broadband Plan, use a Mobile Broadband Card in your laptop, and away you go. It’s that easy!

Broadband Guide has a number of Wireless Broadband Providers and Plans including Virgin Broadband, BigPond and 3 Mobile. All of their customer service operators are usually quite efficient with assisting you with all your Wi-Fi, WiMax or Broadband Wireless enquiries. They can cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s and make joining up to a wireless Internet plan a breeze. The big question for you is: Do you want an unwired home environment, in which you only need a fixed line internet connection and wireless modem or router? Or do you want the freedom of being totally mobile to roam where you want in completely Mobile Wireless environment? Broadband Guide has the Wireless Broadband Plans, but the choice is up to you.

Wireless Broadband Plans & Providers at Broadband Guide
3 Mobile Wireless Broadband Plans
Virgin Broadband Wireless Broadband Bundle
BigPond Wireless Broadband Plans 


Free Wi-Fi Wireless Broadband for all

We’re not talking about cheap wireless broadband, a special offer or a wireless broadband deal here, we’re talking about FREE Wireless Broadband! Log in and share wireless broadband internet for free. Get a free Wi-Fi connection and while you’re there, build you’re own public wi-fi hotspot too! This appears to be the case with grassroots free wireless networks in major Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra already up and running according to this latest SMH ‘Innovator’ blog and SMH wireless & broadband article.

Others could log in and share the wireless connection for free, effectively creating free community internet access.

Known as Sydney Free Wireless, the group is using cheap mesh network technology from a Google-backed US start-up called Meraki to start a network of free neighbourhood wi-fi hot spots and promote such services through a grassroots campaign. Jean-Jacques Halans, a web developer who created and maintains the group’s website, says the network “grew from a Facebook group, which grew from a presentation by Mark Pesce”.  

This is how it works: link at least two Meraki Mini devices together, which retail for $US49 each, and they will eventually find an internet connection. Connectivity is passed between the two nodes, effectively creating a wireless network. Others can log into and use that wireless connection for free.

Meraki’s mission is “to bring affordable internet access to the next billion people”.

A basic wireless repeater cost $US49, $99 gets an outdoor version with optional power-over-ethernet support, and there’s even a solar-powered version in the works.
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Free Wireless Broadband Internet for CBD Shelved

A plan to offer ‘Free Wireless Broadband’ throughout CBD areas of Sydney has been shelved according to a City of Sydney staff member. Back in March this year, Premier Morris Lemma promised free Wi-Fi Internet Access for the Sydney CBD that would also cover North Sydney, Parammatta, Penrith, Liverpool, Newcastle, Wollongong and Gosford.

The free public wireless idea was an initiative designed to promote business in the region along with keeping Sydney competitive on the International stage. Due to the complexity and diversity of the expressions of Interest, it’s taken longer than expected to announce a tender. However a decision by the NSW Government on a Tender for the project is expected to be announced soon.

“The evaluation of the proposals and solutions received in response to the expression of interest is in its final stages. The proposals were both innovative and diverse,” the spokesman said. “Due to the diversity and complexity of the responses, the expression of interest evaluation is taking longer than originally anticipated. The NSW Government expects to be in a position to make an announcement soon.”

“Paris and San Francisco have headed in this direction. For a lot of businesses, it’s seen as one of these things that gives you an edge when you are promoting the city,” she said.

Source: SMH.com.au

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