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Tag: Wifi

Riley the Robot Has Tank Treads, Speakers, and a Mic

Riley the Robot Has Tank Treads, Speakers, and a Mic
I like robots, and I like stuff that I can control remotely that will help me facilitate pranks on my unsuspecting family. I think Appbot Riley would be perfect for that. Sure, it’s meant as a security robot that can sense motion and alert you via an app on your…

Alcatel Onetouch 4G Car WiFi Hotspot: Is There Net Yet?

Alcatel Onetouch 4G Car WiFi Hotspot: Is There Net Yet?
Some new cars have a built-in Wi-Fi connection over cellular data. But unless you’re willing to buy an entire car just for that feature, you’re better off with Alcatel Onetouch’s upcoming 4G Car WiFi mobile hotspot, which plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter. The 4G Car WiFi is compatible with…
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DIY Necktie Wi-Fi Hotspot: TieFi

DIY Necktie Wi-Fi Hotspot: TieFi
We all know that mobile devices often put us into bubbles of isolation. As a Father’s Day treat, ad agency Grip Limited thought of a cheeky way to force children to get closer to their dads. It’s the TieFi, a wearable Wi-Fi hotspot. Grip Limited’s TieFi crammed a Raspberry Pi…

Researchers Power Small Electronics Using Wi-Fi: Clarkson Waves

Researchers Power Small Electronics Using Wi-Fi: Clarkson Waves
Your Wi-Fi router already brings you Netflix and cat pictures, but someday it might become even more important to your life. A group of researchers from the University of Washington were able to send energy from a Wi-Fi router to low power electronics from up to 28 feet away, without…

DIY Hobbit Sting Sword Glows Near Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: Whitehat Baggins

DIY Hobbit Sting Sword Glows Near Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: Whitehat Baggins
The magical dagger Sting protected Bilbo from evil creatures and glowed blue when there were orcs nearby. But WarSting, Spark IO’s modern take on Sting, provides a more timely warning. It will glow when there are unsecured wireless networks nearby. WarSting is an offshoot of Spark IO’s WarKitteh, the Wi-Fi…

Keewifi Router Authenticates Nearby Devices without the Need for Passwords: Hold and Surf

Keewifi Router Authenticates Nearby Devices without the Need for Passwords: Hold and Surf
The Keewifi is a router that lets you have a convoluted Wi-Fi password yet allow people to log on without typing a single thing. That’s because it can automatically authenticate devices that are held close to it. But don’t worry – devices are not required to make a pilgrimage to…

Make Your Wi-Fi Network’s Name Unique with Unicode

Make Your Wi-Fi Network’s Name Unique with Unicode
Ars Technica accidentally discovered a quick and easy way to make your wireless network’s name aka SSID stand out. The tech blog found out that you can use Unicode characters in your network’s SSID. It’s not guaranteed to work with all routers and hardware though. Here’s Ars’ Halloween-themed SSID: Neat…

Cat-worn Device Sniffs out Wi-Fi Access Points: WarKitteh

Cat-worn Device Sniffs out Wi-Fi Access Points: WarKitteh
Gene Bransfield will make you think about securing your wireless networks the next time you see a cat with a collar. The security engineer has become famous for his goofy invention, the WarKitteh. Hidden in a cat collar, WarKitteh records Wi-Fi access points along with GPS data. Put it on…

WiFinder Detects if Someone Enters Your Wi-Fi Network: Watch_Dudes

WiFinder Detects if Someone Enters Your Wi-Fi Network: Watch_Dudes
Did you know that you can use your Wi-Fi network as a lookout? Pescimoro Mattia’s WiFinder is a short Python script that continuously scans your Wi-Fi network. When a new device joins the network, it will display a message on your computer, hopefully buying you enough time to erase your…

Iridium GO! Mi-Fi Gives You Internet, Anywhere in the World

Iridium GO! Mi-Fi Gives You Internet, Anywhere in the World
Most mobile internet plans have limitations, one of these being coverage. Sure, most developed places are covered by mobile signals, but if you travel frequently to areas with no cell towers, then you might have a problem getting a good signal (or any signal, for that matter.) Cue the Iridium…

Linksys WRT 1900AC Router: The Blue and Black is Back

Linksys WRT 1900AC Router: The Blue and Black is Back
Today’s Linksys routers and networking devices are usually clad in black and silver. But the company’s most recognizable product wore blue and black: the WRT54G series router. First released in 2002, it was one of the first routers to be compatible with the 802.11g wireless standard and became Linksys’ bestselling…

Router Sweet Router

Router Sweet Router
In the future, when you and your grandkids are gathered over a hologram of a fireplace and they ask you where you think your home is, dust off your ancient tablet and show them Isaac Moore’s profound cross-stitch.…

iKettle Can be Controlled over Wi-Fi: Steam Signals

iKettle Can be Controlled over Wi-Fi: Steam Signals
Despite its uninspired name, the iKettle seems like a good idea. It’s an electronic kettle that you can control over your Wi-Fi network. Of course, you can really only ask a kettle to do one thing: heat some water. But iKettle excels not by what it does but when it…

G-cluster Takes a Crack at Cloud-based Gaming

G-cluster Takes a Crack at Cloud-based Gaming
A Japanese company called G-cluster is looking to succeed where OnLive failed – make cloud gaming mainstream. It will demonstrate it’s capabilities later this month at CES 2013, but it has already released a handful of details regarding its service.…

Cheap Wireless AirPlay Speaker Hack: Apple & Raspberry Pi

Cheap Wireless AirPlay Speaker Hack: Apple & Raspberry Pi
Tinkerers looking for a way to make their old speakers play nice with Apple’s AirPlay technology can now do so on the cheap, thanks to the Raspberry Pi, a neat hack made by Cambridge Engineering student Jordan Burgess and some free software.…

Arduino WiFly Mini: Real Virtual Racing

Arduino WiFly Mini: Real Virtual Racing
A couple of years ago we heard about Racer, an analog take on arcade racing games: instead of just controlling a virtual car, the game had you control an R/C car using the traditional arcade setup. Blair Kelly has an updated take on that concept, which he calls the Arduino…
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