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Facebook Announces Connectivity Lab

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Facebook today unveiled the Connectivity Lab, part of its initiative, which is working on drones, satellites and lasers for connectivity. Facebook’s Yael Maguire explained some of its plans for low earth orbit satellite and solar powered drones. said it is working with Ascenta, in the UK that specializes in high-altitude long-endurance aircraft. Facebook […]

LED LiFi Doubles Transmit Speed

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 20th, 2014

pureLiFi, the light communications technology company, that transmits data using light waves from ‘off-the-shelf’ LED bulbs, says they have doubled the previous levels of data rates. Li-Fi enables energy-efficient data transmission using LEDs in light fixtures. The findings were made at the University of Edinburgh’s recently opened Li-Fi R&D centre. pureLiFi is a spin-out company […]

Apple Buys PrimeSense 3D Sensor

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 25th, 2013

Apple has completed its acquisition of PrimeSense, the Israel-based company focused on 3-D sensor technology, for a price sources said was around $360 million, according to All Things D. PrimeSense worked with Microsoft’s Kinect gaming product, which uses cameras and depth sensors to capture players’ motions. Microsoft now deploys its own homegrown sensor technology for […]

Unity Cable Gets Checked

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 5th, 2013

The cable ship Global Sentinel has completed surveying Unity cable which links Japan and the United States. Unity Cable starts in Japan and terminates in Hermosa Beach, California. The cable was completed in April 2010 and has five fiber pairs, with each fiber pair capable of carrying up to 960 Gigabits per second (Gbps). By […]

Earth to Space Optical Communications – Again

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 26th, 2013

NASA is preparing to test a new, laser-based communications system that will link up satellites in space with base stations on the ground, reports The Verge. It would provide speeds six times faster, say NASA officials. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) would be integrated onto the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. […]

Intercontinental Arctic Fiber

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 21st, 2012

Global warming has melted so much Arctic ice that telecommunications firms are moving forward with projects that were unthinkable just a few years ago: laying underwater fiber optic cable between Tokyo and London through the Artic Circle. The route is the shortest underwater path between Tokyo and London. The proposed systems will nearly cut in […]