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  (Source: Queen University Belfast)
Researchers work on body-to-body network for "anytime, anywhere" connectivity.

Wearable sensors that would transfer data anytime, anywhere could usher in the next phase of wireless networking. The sensors would produce high speed mobile internet infrastructures;  cutting down the density of mobile phone base stations.

Researchers from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) Wireless Communications Research Group at Queen University Belfast are developing the new body-to-body (BBN) technology through a project using next generation body centric communications.  The BBN technology would make it possible for wireless humans to form the backbone of powerful new mobile internet networks.

According to Dr. Simon Cotton of ECIT's wireless communications research group, a great deal of research has gone into antennas and systems designed to share information across the surface of the human body. However, until now, not much has been done to address how that information could effectively be transferred to an off-body location.

"The availability of body-to-body networks could bring great social benefits, including significant health care improvements through the use of body worn sensors for the widespread, routine monitoring and treatment of illness away from medical centers," said Cotton.

He believes that body-to-body networks could reduce health care costs and improve home health care for the elderly.

"If the idea takes off, BBNs could also lead to a reduction in the number of base stations needed to service mobile phone users, particularly in areas of high population density. This could help to alleviate public perceptions of adverse health associated with current networks and be more environmentally friendly due to the much lower power levels required for operation," Cotton said.

In addition to health monitoring; mobile gaming and real-time tactical training is being considered as a potential benefit of body-to-body networking.  The newly developed BBN technology is expected to grow to more than 400 million devices annually by 2014.

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By chromal on 10/29/2010 3:17:04 PM , Rating: 3
I can't tell if they're talking about ad-hoc mesh networking with mobile devices, medical monitoring, or what. Medical sensors are not going to "produce high speed mobile internet infrastructures."

Sensors sense things, they do not magically create networked mobile Internet infrastructure. The author seems exceedingly confused in their thinking.

RE: lolwut?
By quiksilvr on 10/29/2010 3:34:35 PM , Rating: 3
What is he grabbing at? I think he's taking body-to-body communications a bit too literally.

RE: lolwut?
By amanojaku on 10/29/2010 6:40:55 PM , Rating: 5
Both of their hands are in interesting places. I'm guessing they're working out how to combine his horn antenna with her parabolic reflectors.

RE: lolwut?
By spread on 10/30/2010 9:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
If you know what I mean...

RE: lolwut?
By tastyratz on 11/1/2010 10:12:58 AM , Rating: 2
He looks like he is communicating to her just fine. I don't think a sensor will detect what he is communicating any better than that (well maybe a strategically and uncomfortably placed elevation sensor)...

hee hee
By Spivonious on 10/29/2010 4:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm the only person within 100 miles. I can't get a signal!"

So is this suggesting that we replaced the hard-wired backbone with a bunch of ad-hoc wireless devices? That strikes me as a bad idea.

RE: hee hee
By SublimeSimplicity on 10/29/2010 5:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
The age old question:

If a geek tries to access porn in the woods and no one is there to carry his signal...

RE: hee hee
By Souka on 10/29/2010 6:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's a conundrum.... if you have friends you'll have a network to access, but you wont need to because you have friends.

But if yuo dont' have friends then you don't have a network, thus you need a network to meet people online.

In otherwords Spivonious, yer screwed

"In Soviet Russia..."
By CrazyBernie on 10/29/2010 3:54:37 PM , Rating: 4
"... the wireless network uses you!"

Obligatory Soviet Russia quip.

Let's get it on
By Dr of crap on 10/29/2010 4:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't have a problem with body to body contact connections.
And I think she has two that will do just fine!

RE: Let's get it on
By R3T4rd on 11/1/2010 6:10:36 AM , Rating: 2

"And I think he has two that would do just fine!"
I don't want to touch a hairy nerd...anywhere!

Nerd1: "is that your satchel?"
Nerd2: "Why yes!"...*grins*

By GuinnessKMF on 10/29/2010 11:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
I read just the title and all I could think of was "This new revolutionary wireless communication technology is called 'Speaking', users simply convey their message in person to the intended recipient wirelessly through the air by speaking to them."

RE: Hmm
By chagrinnin on 10/31/2010 6:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
New from Verizon,...Unlimited Speaking for $69.99*!!!

*Initial speaking fee applies; Terms of service and conditions apply; must meet minimum credit rating; Two year contract with ETF subject to change without prior notice.

Something's missing
By AssBall on 10/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Something's missing
By Alexvrb on 10/29/2010 10:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Next time, Gadget. Next time...

New Definition
By saf227 on 10/29/2010 5:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
The newest definition of sneaker-net.

Hand me a Fosters
By lowsidex2 on 10/30/2010 1:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
I prefer the Australian form of social networking.

In Breaking News
By mindless1 on 10/30/2010 4:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
We're just about at the point where we can teach the humans to talk so they can network without all those pesky electronic toys.

By kingius on 11/1/2010 8:27:39 AM , Rating: 2
Sure sounds like talking, to me.

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