As we head into 2006, my list of resolutions includes a few about wireless technology (in addition to the ever-popular promises to lose weight, eliminate credit card debt, and learn a foreign language).
My first wireless resolution is to look far and wide for an easily installed material that will block the unauthorized use (or monitoring) of my home Wi-Fi network. I have no idea if anybody is snooping but as wireless becomes commonplace the opportunity for misdeeds grows right along with it.
I read recently that someone has invented wallpaper that blocks electromagnetic radiation but I'm at a loss as to where to buy it. I wonder if in addition to choosing a pleasing pattern and color for this wallpaper we will also have to select a bandwidth.
Number 2 on my list is to learn more about antenna technology. This is not a strong topic for me even though one of my best-remembered classes in engineering school was antenna design. The professor spoke with a heavy accent and nobody could understand him.
Be that as it may, antennas may be the last frontier for wireless. With so many signals out there, an antenna can give any one of the technologies (or products) an edge in performance and selectivity. This is going to be a hot subject in 2006, I think.
My last wireless resolution is to fly on a plane with Wi-Fi onboard for in-flight use. Given the sorry state of U.S. airline industry, this probably means an international flight. Lufthansa already offers it on some trans-Atlantic flights and I understand that some Asian air carriers are contemplating it.
I believe Lufthansa and most if not all of the Asian airlines get considerable support from their national govenrments and are protected from competition. There may be something worth considering in that model.
Best wishes for a prosperous 2006.