New Flutter Network Increases Wireless Range for Sensor Networks
Flutter is a new network designed as an alternative to Wi-Fi that can cover 100 times as great an area. With a range of 3,200 feet, using relatively little power, this network is either the future of the way that all our connected devices will talk to each other or a reasonable prototype for it.
For applications with a very limited range—for example anything on your body that you might want to connect with your smartphone—Bluetooth, the wireless protocol used by keyboards and smart watches, is good enough. For industrial applications, the Zigbee standard has been in use for at least a decade. But there are two problems with Zigbee: the first is that it’s difficult to use. The second is that the Zigbee devices are not open source, which makes them difficult to integrate with the sort of projects that hardware startups might want to create.
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