Wi-Fi Alliance, a group made up of multiple international companies for the development of new wireless tech, has just made a new discovery. Wi-Fi Aware makes you aware of anything and everything around you that carries a Wi-Fi device.
The system that the new system will use is P2P. This means that you will be able to use it wherever there is another Wi-Fi device (with the Aware system enabled) in the area.
The way it works is it attributes a specific Wi-Fi “heartbeat” to your phone which will be instantly recognizable by other devices. This means that you‘ll no longer find out much too late when your friends happen to be near you. You’ll get a pop-up notification telling you that a specific Wi-Fi signature is close-by.
But, this is not the only way it works. Depending on which information you, or those around you choose to share, it can make intelligent connections between what you have on your phone, in your interests, what games you play, what music you listen to, and it will notify those that share commonalities in these. It will probably be able to tell you that you can challenge the guy in front of you on the subway to a QuizUp in the exact topics you both like – Game of Thrones for instance.
This app also has numerous practical possibilities for businesses. Like airports could set up security terminals which inform people with Wi-Fi Aware which waiting line is the shortest, or if there is a frequent-flyer line.
It is believed that once the system will be implemented on our phones, our tablets, or our laptops, it will be very, very popular. There are several reasons for this. It increases communication, and promotes social interaction. It prompts people about common interests, or if there is a museum nearby which might show something that’s of interest to them. And, most of all, it’s made by the same brilliant minds which made the original Wi-Fi.
Having the past experience of the phenomenal success of Wi-Fi, this is guaranteed to be a success, as it will be just an addition to the old one. That’s it. No additional hardware is necessary for using this system. It’s just a matter of your phone manufacturer offering you a small firmware upgrade, as well as apps that allow you to use it. I’m sure there will be plenty to choose from.
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