My article on the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks has been published to the GovTech Digital Communities site. Check it out.
I definitely wanted to talk about the international-ness of the conference (it used to be the National Summit for Community Wireless Networks) and the growing attention to municipal broadband projects. And CALEA is the most under-reported story in the field, so I had to give a summary of the summary we heard at the summit.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk about the devices the wireless geeks were playing with at the summit. I couldn’t be everywhere at once and hardware is a hard thing to give an overview on. The gist is that our future devices will look something like a souped-up cell phone: a portable device that will have ultra-lightweight projectors for screen and keyboard.
Andrew Greig, from Koolu, who showed off his hardware the instant I sat down across from him at the dinner table, was saying that the World Health Organization has labeled keyboards as the number one vehicle for disease transmission. I can’t confirm that, but I can confirm that the virtual keyboards are pretty cool.
We also saw one of the “$100 laptops” (now going for about $150), though we didn’t get to see it in action. Île sans fils was showing off Wi-Fi Dog, which is actually an application, but they were showing how to install it on wireless routers. One summiteer showed me a device for getting into closed networks like ones at airports, which was pretty cool (though not quite as cool as this new doohickey).