CEO Paul Jacobs focused on the embedding of wireless connectivity, web access and processing power into every type of device – first smaller handsets and consumer gadgets, and eventually billions of sensor-enabled modules for the ‘internet of things’.
Qualcomm wants to push its smartphone technologies into low cost devices. Paul Jacobs predicts that four billion smart handsets would be sold between 2011 and 2015: “We are trying to push the cost of the smartphone down at the low end, to make sure that we can address that broad tier of population who want to get onto the internet, and this will be their main device for the internet.”
He was also focusing on the protocols to connect devices and showcasing Qualcomm’s AllJoyn proximity-based technology. Paul Jacobs mentioned devices would interconnect using peer-to-peer technologies.
AllJoyn was developed as an open source project by the firm’s Innovation Center subsidiary. It establishes P2P data sharing between two or more devices and, while it will be commercially implemented first in handsets, it could be pushed down into embedded products. It can use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Qualcomm’s own ad hoc protocol, FlashLinq, and was designed to address many of the issues that hold back P2P, such as transparent device and service discovery, message routing and security.
For more information read Caroline Gabriel article on Rethink-Wireless
Thanks to your engagement we have been able to raise our first money to improve our service and provide you with enhanced features available in our next releases.
By installing and using our application, you also participate to help us disrupting the telecom industry and make our dream come true.
We are now concentrating our efforts on enabling Open Garden to provide Mobile Broadband Connectivity over a Peer-to-Peer Wireless Mesh Network.
By connecting devices together to access the Internet you will benefit from:
- increased capacities
- more efficient network
- low cost connectivity
- more independence
Open Garden will remain FREE!
Some of the testimonials we received from you:
“great app ”
“I love this app!!!”
“Great work! this IS the reason i rooted my Droid!”
“Great work….THANK YOU”
“I have no problem with Open Garden its the BEST YET!”
“Great job. can stream netflix on ps3 with 3g and 4g connection.”
“Your app is great! I use it to tether at work every day!”
“Thanks open garden!”
“Open Garden was very useful during power outages caused by hurricane irene. although we had no power or internet connection, I was able to supply wifi for the rest of my house ”
“Your app is the best out there, I tell people about it constantly. You do a good job keeping it updated too.”
“I love it!!! i really like how my phone is a hotspot now.”
“Saved us during the hurricane.”
The one laptop per child foundation mission is to empower the world’s poorest children through education.
The Mesh Routing Protocol used in the OLPC laptop (OLPC-Mesh) is based on the 802.11s standard being developed by the 802.11 Task Group S. It enables each child using an OLPC laptop to communicate with one another without the need for a direct link to the Internet.
OLPC aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, they have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
To learn more about OLPC and donate: http://one.laptop.org/
Our tethering application for Android reached more than 100,000 installs on May 21st, 2011.
We thank you all for your support in that first step towards building Open Garden Mesh Network. We are very grateful for your advices, support and recommandations for new features. Our team is taking into consideration all your comments and we will implement these changes and improvements in the next releases of our application.
This application is a beginning for us and our goal to provide free mobile wireless broadband access to a wider audience will happen when we reach a real density of connected devices using our softwares.
To view the map of all current connected devices go to http://www.opengarden.com/map
Electronic Frontier Foundation has just published an interesting article reinforcing the vision of Open Garden that I invite you to read. The whole article can be found on the following link: Why We Need an Open Wireless Movement
The wireless world we ought to live in
Most of us have had the experience of tremendous inconvenience because of a lack of Internet access. Being lost in a strange place with no way to find a map; having an urgent email to send with no way to do so; trying to meet a friend with no way to contact them. Even if we have data plans for our mobile phones, we’ve probably had these experience in cities or countries where our phones don’t have coverage or don’t have coverage for less-than-extortionate prices. We may even experience this problem at home, when our Internet connection dies while we urgently need to use it.
Finding yourself in one of these binds is a bit like finding yourself parched and thirsty while everyone around you is sipping from nice tall glasses of iced water, or finding yourself cold and drenched in a rain storm because nobody will let you under their umbrella. At those moments when you are lost, or missing a deadline, or failing to meet your friend, it is almost always true that Internet data links are traveling through your body in the form of electromagnetic wireless signals — it’s just that people have chosen to lock those networks so that you can’t make use of them.
We need WiFi that is open and encrypted at the same time!
Insofar as there is some privacy (and psychological) benefit to using an encrypted WiFi network, there’s actually no reason why users of open wifi shouldn’t get those benefits too!
There is currently no WiFi protocol that allows anybody to join the network, while using link-layer encryption to prevent each network member from eavesdropping on the others. But such a protocol should exist. There are some technical details to work through, but they are manageable.
In fact, this proposed protocol offers some privacy/security benefits not available in shared-passphrase WPA2, which is the strongest easy-to-deploy WiFi encryption system. Under WPA2 all the users on the network can calculate each others’ session keys and eavesdrop on each other. With our suggested design, that would cease to be possible.
April 7, 20100 – Open Garden is pleased to announce – Open Garden Offices on Treasure Island. OG has signed a lease on 5800 square feet on Treasure Island. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Open Garden is seeking new open space offices for the foundation on Treasure Island. Treasure Island is ideal, located in the middle of the bay of San-Francisco it offers an incredible view on the city and its surroundings.