Monday, May 12, 2008

Business & Technology | WiMax deal could lead to universal connectivity | Seattle Times Newspaper

A timely snapshot

By year's end, it's expected that the next generation of wireless networks will be launched, blanketing initial service areas with a fast Internet signal — accessible to subscribers from homes, streets and traveling vehicles — and capable of giving mundane home appliances a voice.

In this Jetsonian vision of life, which could take several years to arrive fully, a washing machine embedded with a wireless chip would detect a problem and contact the manufacturer even before the homeowner knew something was wrong with the spin cycle.

Business & Technology | WiMax deal could lead to universal connectivity | Seattle Times Newspaper

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