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Switching Without Wires - Advanced IT Wi-Fi Networking Tools The Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is a powerful tool with built-in tests enabling you to characterize the integrity and performance of your Wi-Fi network. You can easily gain visibility into your network with this application, which is designed to run on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 laptops. Simple tool for monitoring Wi-Fi networks Runs on Windows 7, Vista or XP Free of charge and easy to install software Real-time monitoring of wireless network status, traffic and clients Detect Rogue APs Ensure high performance of your network Reduced IT burden with easy to use troubleshooting tools Enhance security by eliminating rogue APs Provide peak Wi-Fi network performance

By Social Entrepreneurs, For Social Entrepreneurs® Welcome to former Social Edge users! Social Edge was an online community created by the Skoll Foundation from 2003 - 2013. The site has since closed as we have focused efforts on the new Skoll World Forum platform. Ivan Poupyrev, Lumen Lumen (photograph by Makoto Fujii, courtesy of AXIS Magazine) Lumen: a Shape Changing Display Motivation.Lumen overview.Interaction.Construction.Future.Publications. Motivation. BMW StreetCarver - high speed, high thrill, high cost skateboard It looks like a skateboard but feels more like a snowboard. It costs between three and four times more than the previously most expensive skateboard.It is much larger than it looks, and it's heaps of fun. It is the BMW Streetcarver and it's one of the more bizarre brand extensions to come from the automotive segment in recent years, (see also the Chrysler Razor Concept Car and the Ford Tonka Truck) particularly given that the skateboard fraternity is hardcore, hard baked, irreverent and the $1295 price of the StreetCarver is a lot of money in any language.

Innovative or just plain wacky? Strangest inventions of 2011 Over here at SmartPlanet, we throw around the word "innovation" a lot. That's because on any given day, you're likely to find a chock full of news and analysis of cutting-edge technologies such as LED lighting, solar energy and robotics. But what about some of the more off-beat ideas that, while not having the same degree of widespread application, still makes somebody's life smarter, more efficient or simply enjoyable? Surely an argument can be made for a commercial Jetpack having as much of an impact for someone than the latest electric car. For instance, there's something to the fact that the fundraising website Kickstarter has become a popular starting point for indie inventors to bring their ideas to market through "crowdfunding." Evidently, even some of the wackiest inventions have a niche, so long as a small, but fervent following exists.

Consumer B Gone Consumer B Gone enables you to block a shopping cart by just playing some tones out of your mobile phone speaker as a song or as a ringtone. Consumer B Gone is born from the incredible shock that the shopping cart wheel could be remotely locked if you tried to exit the supermarket parking lot. The root cause of it was an antenna (a wire in the ground at the exit of the parking lot) which sent a “Lock” signal to 2 of the 4 shopping cart wheels. If an antenna can do it, I can do it too! The first idea that emerged was to create some hardware to generate such signal… but the hardware didn’t work, so the logic was to test the generated signal against the original signal… and to use a soundcard to record both!

12 Tech Trends That Will Define 2012, Selected By Frog’s Design Minds According to the Mayan calendar, 2012 will spell the end of the world. But while the Internet is playing host to various survival strategies, we at frog are thinking of other things that will shape culture this year. We surveyed frogs from across the globe and across disciplines to share their favorite tech trends that’ll crop up this year and what their impact would be on design, business, entertainment, and our daily routines. Ames Depth Perception Optical Illusion The "Ames" Optical Illusion: In the late forties, visual researcher Adelbert Ames Jr. designed a series of visual illusions to demonstrate how the mind forms hypotheses about reality and depth. In one such illusion, Ames tested aspects of depth perception in a specially designed, distorted room. He constructed a trapezoidal room for the observer to view by gazing through a peephole.

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