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Wireless connections creep into everyday things

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  • A man is pictured Wednesday inside of a Car Volvo V60 P-IH at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. The first wave of the wireless revolution was getting people to talk to each other through cellphones. The second, it seems, will be getting things to talk to each other, with no human intervention: cars that talk to your insurance company's computers, bathroom scales that talk to your phone, and electric meters that talk to your air conditioners. So-called machine-to-machine technology all the buzz at this year's largest wireless trade show, and some analysts believe these types of connection will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.

      A man is pictured Wednesday inside of a Car Volvo V60 P-IH at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. The first wave of the wireless revolution was getting people to talk to each other through cellphones. The second, it seems, will be getting things to talk to each other, with no human intervention: cars that talk to your insurance company's computers, bathroom scales that talk to your phone, and electric meters that talk to your air conditioners. So-called machine-to-machine technology all the buzz at this year's largest wireless trade show, and some analysts believe these types of connection will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.
    Associated Press

  • A woman sits on an eCooltra Connected electric scooters Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain.

      A woman sits on an eCooltra Connected electric scooters Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

The first wave of wireless was all about getting people to talk to each other on cellphones. the second will be getting things to talk to each other, with no humans in between. so-called machine-to-machine communication is getting a lot of buzz at this year's wireless trade show. some experts believe these connections will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.

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