12. 30. 2005
WiFi Your Ride: RaySat's SpeedRay 3000
Some folks drove over 2,000 miles this Christmas and my drive didn't allow for much internerding. In fact, Santa left a Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter under the tree so I could detect even the mildest Wi-Fi pulse from the road on the way home. In a desperate moment in the dead of night in Nowheresville, I ran with my laptop over to a motel with a Wi-Fi signal that was interfering with my motel's and posed as a guest in need of the password. I did not complain about the complete lack of cool in putting a 12-digit login on what should have been an open access point. That night I had a dream that my car was a Wi-Fi point and I was rolling with my own hotspot a minimum of 17 hours a day. Okay, I lie. But I want to hear more about RaySat's SpeedRay 3000 out of CES next month in Las Vegas. RaySat's mounted KU-band satellite antenna offers high-speed web access and live satellite TV. It recently won a 2006 innovation of the year award, or somesuch, from CES. It's supposed to be out this summer and should cost a couple thousand. May it inspire many, many price-cutting competitors.
Update: Check out the Jeepintosh photoset on flickr. It's a DIWV (do it with vendors) version of a SpeedRay. This hand-installed design uses Bluetooth over a Treo 650 controlling a MacMini for Internet on the road. Link. (via Digg)