#Wireless Wednesday! Flying car prototype could get you to work faster than a ‘Jetsons’ episode.

Happy Wednesday!

Are you one of the many who figured that by this time we would have hoover boards and flying cars? Mashable has the inside on the Slovakian startup, AeroMobil, that is making the dream of the ‘Jetsons’ lifestyle a reality.

It’s better than a bird, better than a plane — maybe even better than Superman. It’s a flying car.

Slovakian startup AeroMobil announced the world premiere of the AeroMobil 3.0 at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna on Wednesday. It’s an idea 25 years in the making, and the company’s third working prototype.

Stefan Klein, founder of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia, designed the personal transportation vehicle. Although Klein has been working on the concept since 1989, it wasn’t until 2010 that things got real: He commercialized the project by starting AeroMobil.

“We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik said at a press conference.

There have been many concepts for flying vehicles, and it seems only a matter of time before one is mass produced. The European Union has supported research into the MyCopter in hopes that a flying vehicle could help ease transit congestion.

Flying cars have long been in the public’s imagination, thanks to movie concepts like the DeLorean in Back to the Future and the Jetsons’ car.

AeroMobil said the vehicle is close to commercial availability, but certification — now underway in Slovakia — would be complicated and vary by country.

The car, which can carry two people, operates on the gas available at regular gas stations. It needs about 200 meters (650 feet) to take off, and only 50 meters (164 feet) to land. It can fly as fast as 124 miles per hour.

Read the full article and watch the video here: http://ht.ly/Dx2dD.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Are you overwhelmed by how many cords there are for every device? As always the Wilson Tech team is here to help!

We often get questions about cable. People usually want to know which cable is appropriate for a signal booster. In this article we are going to talk about different types of cable and the use of these cables.

RG-174:

Due to its size (3/32”), RG-174 works very well in an application, such as a vehicle, where more versatile cable is required. All of our vehicle booster kits include RG-174.

RG-58:

This cable, measuring 3/16”, will commonly be used in conjunction with our Trucker Antenna series and NMO (Non-Magnetic Option) antenna mounts.

RG-6:

This type of cable is ideal for use in home/smaller building applications. All of our current Small Area to Multi-Room and Whole Home booster kits includes RG-6. This type of cable is identical to standard TV (RG-6) coax cable, measuring 3/8”.

Wilson 400:

Typically, this type of cable will be used in larger area/industrial applications. Wilson 400 is an ultra low-loss coaxial cable – this cable is designed to bring greater range to your cell phone amplifier system. All of our Large Home/Area booster kits include Wilson 400, measuring 13/32”.

As always, if you have any questions about this week’s tech tip, or just a technical question in general, feel free to leave us a comment below, or you can contact our technical support team directly at (866) 294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

#WirelessWednesday! Some Drones are Consumer Toys, but They’re About to Bring Big data to all Industries

We are used to seeing drones being used to take amazing photos and videos of places that are unpassable for humans but to be used for everyday business? It may seem crazy but Gigaom gives a strong argument for why and how drones will benefit big and small business. Keep reading—

by Biz Carson 

Drones may be touted for the future of delivering Amazon packages or a pizza and it’s obvious they have found a niche with consumers who want to produce cool videos of hard-to-reach places. However, one of their yet-untapped applications is as an internet of things sensor in the sky.

In a panel at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference on Tuesday, 3DRobotics CEO and co-founder Chris Anderson and Autodesk’s SVP Amar Hanspal made the point that drones are as much a connected device as a wearable or a light bulb, and their applications will provide more than cool aerial footage.

For one thing, a drone has access to the sky, an sensor-less area where it’s normally expensive and dangerous to send humans to gather the same level, Anderson said. Once the drones start flying, they’re generating mountains of data in many forms.

“One of these can gather about a half terabyte per hour per drone, and there are hundreds of thousands of them out there,” Anderson said. “In terms of a big data opportunity, you’ve seen what Google did with street view. This is sky view. The question is what are we going to do with it?”

Both Anderson and Hanspal see drones moving beyond its current use as basically a flying GoPro and becoming an industry tool, scanning everything from a construction site to a farm.

“In the press you hear about Amazon delivering a book or pizzas may come to your house,” Hanspal said. “That is a cute thing to talk about, but the real action is in more B2B, industrial applications.”

Hanspal has already seen drones used in disaster situations to map and create 3-D images, like in the Washington mudslide in April. “Just like robots, drones don’t complain,” Hanspal said. They can also have smaller-scale applications like just mapping a park or creating a 3-D rendering of a building.

Anderson described a “scan van” that he wants to launch in the next few months that could travel around a city like a food truck and mapping construction sites. Once at a site, a “scan van” could open up a hatch on the truck and a drone would launch, flying over a structure and then returning to the helipad. Inside the van would be all of the equipment — Anderson hinted at possibly in partnership with Autodesk — to process the data within the truck and create 3-D models on the spot. Farmers could also use drones to monitor their crops and know where to spray pesticides if infestation creeps up or spot a water leak.

Anderson sees industries like farming and construction as jumping off points for industrial use, in part because of their locations. There’s less of a safety concern if the drones are flying over open fields or in an area where people are always wearing hard hats, Anderson said. Right now, farmers aren’t clamoring for drones, but that’s because they don’t know drones could be the answer to a lot of questions they have.

“This is bringing big data to the biggest industries in the world,” Anderson said.

Photo by Jakub Mosur

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Are you wondering if your home could use a signal booster? If so this week’s #techtip is just for you. Keep reading-

A common question we see in Tech Support is, “I have poor signal where I live I need a booster, what do recommend?” This is a broad question, so to help the customer out we ask a few important questions.

  • What is the square footage of your home?

This is an important question, as we have different boosters that cover different sized areas, our DT (small room), DB Pro (whole home), and AG Pro (large building).

  • What is the signal like outside your home?

This information is top priority when recommending a product; typically if the customer can make a phone call outside our systems can work efficiently. If they cannot, we recommend getting a signal reading off of their phone outside, preferably on the roof (likely place for outside antenna).

To gather signal readings on your phone, many customers own smart phones these days. Luckily there are apps for gathering signal readings from your phone. For the iPhone in the App Store you can download the app called: “Fieldtester” (free app). For iPhone 5’s and newer, you will need to go into your Settings, then into Cellular, and disable LTE. This will allow you to have more accurate readings. With the Fieldtester app opened you will want to look at the area that says “Phone Signal” below that you will see a percentage and below that a negative (-) number with “dBm” next to the number. To know what a good and bad signal is here are some tips, at -50 (next to the tower) is a great signal, and at -105 (our systems will not work) is a poor signal. Typically a good range we recommend is if the customer can fall between -70 to -90 outside.

In the google play store, a customer who has an Android phone we typically recommend downloading the app called: “Advanced Signal Status” (free app). This app is a little different than the iPhone’s “Fieldtester” app. When you download the app you will see the 3G and 4G broken up into different sections. The 3G will show your CDMA (voice) and EVDO (data) with RSSI signal. There you will see the dB readings. Similar to the iPhone, a good signal will be -50, and bad -105. The 4G will state LTE RSSI signal and have its reading as well.

If that customer is able to provide us with this information we can recommend the best product for their needs.

As always if you have any questions about this week’s tech tip, or just a technical question in general, feel free to leave us a comment below, or you can contact our technical support team directly at (866)294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

Apple unveils new iPads at Oct. 16 event

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In case you were wondering what all the Apple fuss was about yesterday, we have included it all for you here right on our blog. According to this article from the SF Gate, Apple made some upgrades to their iPads. Keep reading to learn more!

Apple on Thursday unveiled a new iPad Air 2 that will improve upon its past tablet models.

The latest iPads will include Touch ID, which allows users to unlock their devices and authorize purchases with their fingerprint. That option is already available on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new device is 18 percent thinner than the previous iPad Air.

iPad Air 2 will come in silver, space gray and gold. It starts with $499 with 16 GB, $599 for 64 GB and $699 for 128 GB. Apple also introduced a new iPad mini 3, starting at $399. Pre-orders for the two devices start today. They ship starting next week.

Last year, Apple unveiled the iPad Air, a 9.4 inch tablet that weighs 1 pound, much lighter than previous iPads. On Wednesday, a user guide for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 was posted on the iTunes store, indicating Touch ID for the tablets would likely be announced on Thursday, according to blog 9to5Mac.

Apple is still the leader in tablets, with 37 percent of all households owning an iPad in the first quarter, according to survey of 10,000 U.S. households by research and consulting firm Parks Associates. After Apple, about 16 percent of households had an Amazon tablet and 14 percent had a Samsung tablet, the firm said.

But tablet sales haven’t been as robust. In Apple’s third quarter, iPad sales declined 9 percent to roughly 13 million units sold. Part of the reason why people may not be buying new iPads is because Apple builds strong products that people want to keep longer, said Tim Bajarin, president of research firm Creative Strategies. Additions to the new iPads such as the Touch ID, could convince some people with the iPad 2 or first generation iPad to upgrade, he added.

Analysts predicted Apple would discuss Apple Pay and more details about Mac operating system Yosemite. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple Pay begins on Monday, while Craig Federighi said Yosemite will come out today.