Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

Summary: The National Broadband Network's connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and more are essential for new health and education applications, according to Dr Terry Percival, director of NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory.

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The National Broadband Network's connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and more are essential for new health and education applications, according to Dr Terry Percival, director of NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory.

In his view, high-resolution video-conferencing and emerging technologies like video search will transform society.

Years ago, Percival was part of the CSIRO team that developed the core technologies that led to Wi-Fi. Now his laboratory is exploring new applications for broadband. In an interview recorded at NICTA's annual Techfest technology showcase, he tells Patch Monday why NBN speeds are vital, and how the NBN could renew regional Australia.

Video is the killer technology for the NBN, Percival says. It could even signal the end of our centuries-long association with the written word.

Patch Monday also looks at a few of the dozens of technologies on display at Techfest, including gigabit Wi-Fi chips that could appear in consumer products for Christmas 2012, a new approach to the bionic eye, trustworthy embedded systems, and high-precision power measuring tools built into the "world's coolest" power outlet.

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Running time: 44 minutes, 33 seconds

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU, Networking, Wi-Fi

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He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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  • Unfortunately, due to backhaul limitations, 100mbps will not be widely available on the NBN.
    coolguy4
    • These limitations only really exist in third world countries like Tasmania foolguy4. Besides the Internet is a dynamic thing it is changing all the time, do you really expect these limitations will exist forever? Do you expect the limitations will not be addressed in the future? Do you expect the situation will remain static?
      Hubert Cumberdale
  • Explained here (as you well know) -

    http://www.zdnet.com.au/blame-backhaul-not-nbn-for-slow-speeds-339310117.htm
    RS-ef540