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    Question What are the apps of the future?

    I'm starting to give some thought as to how things are going to look in the somewhat near future (5 years out?). What kinds of applications do you think we'll be running in our cars at that point?

    Of course, by that time the technological landscape will have changed a bit. This means faster processors, more memory, and other not so interesting improvements. It also means things like high bandwidth wireless services like 3G and also the possibility of things like 802.20 (if and when it gets ratified) which will let us drive down the highway with a 802.11b-like connection.

    It seems to me that a connection like that will allow us to do lots of things. For instance, we'll no longer be bothered with how to get media from our homes to our cars, we'll be able to connect wirelessly (and at that point, hopefully cheaply). Our entire collection of MP3s (and that of our friends if we want) will always be at our fingertips, indexed and ready for searching. We can even write a little script on our home computers to stream a personalized radio station to our cars. If our home computer is connected to the internet (okay, not such an unbelievable concept) and it learns of traffic congestion, breaking news, or someone trying to IM you, your personal radio station can be interrupted and you can get the information immediately.

    Aside from connectivity, what else will we be seeing? Heads up displays? Voice recognition for control? How will these change things?

    So having said all of that, what can we do about it now. In other words, what kinds of infrastructure can we be building in anticipation of what will be coming down the pike?

    Sander

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    Have look here - It was discussed a while ago but I can't find the thred...

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    Yeah all that sounds like TONS of tech fun. I was thinking about this same thing. I dunno how hard it would be to start a wireless network but one thing thats doable is, huge companies or HUGE ISP can put some type of "repeater" or "transmitter" on every light post in any given city. Then means every couple of meters you will a wireless "router??" "switch" or whatever its called thing for the -intardnet- You'll have your public IP, if you get in trouble press a button it will transmit an emergency signal to authorities. Loose a tire? need a tow? press another button and bham you got yourself some type of help.

    The technology is already there, all we would need is a company commited to implement it and make it available to your usual every day person.

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    Some of that technology is already here. When I was working for a Cisco reseller they told me about winning the bid for our local police department to put a wireless AP in the big sign in front of every BP gas station in the city. So when a cop pulls you over in Columbus they don't have to radio the dispatcher to run your info through the computer, they do it from the cars.

    Now heres some of my long term plans. Wireless in the truck, synch's all my files/mp3's, outlook calendar, etc with my work and home PC. Sort of works as a PDA with wheels. Won't matter if I use a laptop, PDA, cell phone / whatever I will have access to all my data. Right now if I want something on my laptop I have have to pull it out of the bag and plun into the network. Say i want to show someone a digital pic. Now lets say I have on my sunday clothes, laptop is at home but I have a PDA with me. PDA memory too small to hold all my pics to I open pocket internet explorer, plug in the IP of my truck and it wakes up and serves up my pics. Basically I will have a way to carry my files without having to carry them. My laptop hdd is full so if I want an mp3 I have to walk out to the truck and get the USB hdd, but what if I left it at home? Now I don't have to worry, it goes with me.

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    eugenen,

    Actually, the interesting technology is not really there already. The thing that the police car and your truck have in common in your examples is that they are stationary when you want to download the data. So you're right, if we throw up a bunch of APs around town, deal with the multiple service provider problems (if any), install a VPN at home and pop a wireless card into your laptop/PDA you are indeed good to go.

    Except you can't drive on the highway, or anywhere else for that matter if you want to have a high bandwidth connection. If you sync up with an AP, start downloading a file, and then drive out of range, your download is toast. Cellphones do have a standard way of doing handoffs, but for 802.11-type devices there is no standard. There is a company called Mesh Networks that can do this, but their solution is proprietary and closed (expensive, too). There is some work being done in IEEE to add these capabilities, and I believe we will see them in the future.

    So my question really is what kinds of new applications can we build if we have a high speed connection in a MOVING car?

    Sander

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    Ictually it does work with Cisco gear. one ofr the reasons their AP's are way more expensive that the D-link/netgear ones is range and handoff. You have to enable the handoff because its a Cisco propritary protocol but it does work. Also with external antennas on both the AP and the sign you can get up to a mile or more omnidirectional (you can shoot it many miles unidirectional). I bet there are dead spots but they have pretty good coverage around here.

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    For Europe/Aus/US i would say that in 2-5 years in the future, we will be looking at full 3d GPS at street level, like they are starting to get in Japan now (with Real time traffic updates redirecting you round bad jams in urban areas), and wireless (802.11 style) data, and real 3G Cellular data providing internet, digital radio and TV in the car fully interactive, and program guided and requested by you.
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    I work as an installer for www.cybervania.net, who provides wireless service to 3 towns near my home. It was not that hard to setup, and probably only cost the owner about $5000 to get started. The most difficult problem for us so far has been finding wireless products that work well over time. It's really awesome though because, as an installer, my boss can AIM me with customers that need installs and I can AIM him/update our staff webpage letting him know what I have finished and finding out what I should do next. We've also set the police up using our service so that when they want to do an ID background check or anything, they no longer need to 'radio in' the license number, they can do it themselves on the laptops in their cars. Security cameras installs are also becoming very popular, since the business owners like to be able to watch all their cameras from a computer via the internet regardless of where they are.

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    3d gps in a few years??? I had that years ago with my cheap delorme. When i worked with 911 stuff a few years ago we were doing similar but with packet radio. Was fun playing hide and seek with a test person. He would go somehwere then plug the gps in the car back in and we would look at the map and tell him where he was.

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