Most smartphones are capable of smoothly streaming five high-definition videos at one time. Ever experienced that? Probably not. It might be because we all share the same cellular tower to receive internet on our phones. Jonathan Hedstrom and George Yuen, U electrical engineering student/graduate, have been working to improve wireless connectivity for everyone. “We’re not just creating a product, we’re developing an entirely new way to solve the problem of shared access,” Hedstrom said. “Through a clever mathematical shortcut, we can maximize the amount of data a community can use on the same network.” The team has learned how to increase the performance of a wireless network eight times over. When their technique is fully developed, they hope to partner with communication companies to improve wireless connections worldwide. farhangwireless.com
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