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Breaking the link with the pc

The recent supplement to the universal serial bus specification takes the p (and c) out of data transfer. By Philip Ling.

There are efforts afoot to get the most unlikely examples of everyday things on to a network, enabled by slim internet connections which can be easily embedded and affordably into almost anything. The internet is the ideal medium for this, and multipoint communication may be the norm for all equipment in the not too distant future. But the shortest distance between two points is still a straight line.

For office equipment, point to point communication has been under threat since the first network was installed and the idea of a dedicated connection between two devices is almost unheard of today. On top of this, invisible networking – provided by IEEE 802.11 derivatives – is going to make ad hoc networking painless and give rise to greater office mobility.

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Graham Pitcher

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