Skip to comments.Launching Samsung's Fli-Fy Pigeons
Posted on 04/01/2014 4:16:54 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
The evolution of the micro-router
As a world leader in mobile technology, Samsung has taken it upon themselves to develop and deliver free Wi-Fi that is not only strong but also available everywhere.
At the heart of this break through in Wi-Fi connectivity is a small piece of Samsung technology called a micro-router.
Our micro-router represents a giant leap within the telecommunications industry. Where most single routers can handle hundreds of users, ours is not only much smaller but can also connect thousands of devices easily, and with superfast download speeds, Peter Collins, Fli-Fy Project Director.
The power of pigeons
Cracking the micro-router was only half the battle. They also had to develop a sustainable and effective network.
Pigeons really have made Fli-Fy possible. Theyre everywhere and non-migratory, so our coverage doesnt fly south for the winter. They also provide our micro-routers with a unique method of recharging, Tim Verhoeven, Senior Pigeon Engineer.
Carrier pigeons can carry a maximum of 75 grams on their backs. So at only 26 grams, the micro-router is virtually unnoticeable. Working with respected pigeon expert Brian Woodhouse, Samsung has developed a lightweight harness that is water-resistant and doesnt impede the pigeons normal flying action. He said: I was very happy with the way my pigeons were treated and they did not suffer any harm at all.
It was crucial that the pigeons maintained their normal behavioural patterns. This was how we were going to get our micro-routers out there and achieve blanket coverage, Tim said.
With their hollow legs, which allow for an electric charge to flow up into the micro-router, pigeons can keep the network powered by simply standing on power lines.
Once we had it figured out, we were like, why hasnt anyone else thought of this?
Connecting in the UK
If this pilot scheme is successful, Samsung will roll out the network across the entire UK. This will also include the release of the free Samsung Fli-Fy app available on Samsung Apps which will allows users to check the strength of their local network.
We initially included GPS tracking into the micro-router so that we could better understand flight paths and general pigeon behaviour. However, now it has developed into the perfect app for checking signal strength, Anna Bestwick, Communications Analyst.
When I was much younger , I worked during the summer on a Spaghetti farm.
It was really difficult to harvest the strands from the trees without damaging them.
Once they had been through the drying facility they where much easier to pack , remembering that it was packed by hand in those days.
:: With their hollow legs, which allow for an electric charge to flow up into the micro-router, pigeons can keep the network powered by simply standing on power lines. ::
We can’t bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways.
One trick is to tell ‘em stories that don’t go anywhere...
like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville.
I needed a new heel for my shoe,
so, I decided to go to Morganville,
which is what they called Shelbyville in those days.
So I tied an onion to my belt,
which was the style at the time.
Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel,
and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em.
“Give me five bees for a quarter,” you’d say.
Now where were we?
The important thing was I had an onion on my belt,
which was the style at the time.
They didn’t have white onions because of the war.
The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
“Oh golly gee, Mr, What happened then..?.”
“Come back next year for the next exciting installment. “
I'm still waiting for the Roto-Router.
Good ol’ Abe. I used to be able to recite that whole speech verbatim. I guess I had too much time on my hands then.
Next we’ll have pigeon drones. The “Craptor” hovers overhead and upon command selection craps on the heads of the Taliban!
LMAO! Well done by Samsung today.
A quick search for RFC 1149 reveals this was done 24 years ago.
This just in...
FAA has issued a cease and desist on using pigeons for commercial purposes until clearnance is given. Congress may have to get involved and pass a law requiring FAA to issue clearnance for the project to proceed.
Okay, ha ha. ;’)
We already knew Samsung had a sense of humor, albeit an odd one. I mean, look at the Galaxy Gear.
Reminds me if the Sports Illustrated April 1 story about Sid Finch. He was recruited to play for the Mets. Had a 125 MPH fastball.
Samsung’s innovation in action. Apple is DOOOOOOOOOMED, I tell you.