Devicescape and the World of Open Source

Posted on August 3, 2007

Devicescape has been mentioned the news lately about its contribution of our Wi-Fi stack to the opensource movement and we wanted to set the record straight as to why we contributed our technology to the Linux kernel. Simon Barber, a founder of Devicescape and Chief Scientist had this to say: Q: Why did Devicescape get involved and donate the new wireless stack to Linux/open source? “We saw the beginnings of a Linux wireless sub-system that had the potential to grow in ways that were not conducive to what we thought would be best for the industry or our customers. We had already developed a very advanced stack specifically for Linux and decided that we should contribute it to the kernel and have it sit as the standard open source model on which the community could build. This allowed us several advantages such as the much wider range of testing than we could have gotten on our own and the constant improvements and additional code support that the open source community provides. In addition, contributing the kernel also helped position Devicescape (then Instant802) as a leader in the wireless space.” Q: How is the new stack better than what the Linux…

Devicescape Wi-Fi Buddies: Friends and Family Join the Fun

Posted on July 25, 2007

Last week, Devicescape launched its latest service, Wi-Fi Buddies that expands on the Devicescape auto-connect service by letting you add your home networks and then share these with friends and family. We think this is a pretty cool feature that helps our members get online when they are on the go visiting friends and family. How many friends would you share with? How often do you think you might use this? Check out the new service and tell us what you think! How it works: Update your client software to get started with Wi-Fi Buddies: Go to your My Wi-Fi page and click “Add a Personal Network” to add your home Wi-Fi. Click on “Share” or “Request” to send out the invite to share or request access. Your friends get a Devicescape account, accept your invite, and get online to synch the new permissions. Your friends come to your house and get instant Wi-Fi internet access at your home. Success! You’ve shared your network and can ask them to do the same!

Devicescape to demo at SF Beta on May 31st: Reminder

Posted on May 25, 2007

SF Beta boasts gourmet catering, music throughout the night, a dozen startup demos, and great people all night long. It sounds too good to be true, but honestly this is $10 well spent! And at this months Beta-fest at the “uber-chic” 111 Minna Gallery, Devicescape will be strutting its stuff and showing off all the latest enhancements and offerings from our start-up, including first public appearances of our new feature “Personal Networks.” In addition, we’ll be showing our software running on Nokia phones and Windows Mobile 6 smartphones – bringing the total numbers of devices we run on to hundreds of millions. (There were more than 40 million s60 Nokia phones alone in 2005.) Come by, grab a cocktail and drink in the exciting atmosphere of tech start-ups showing off their wares to early adopter fans. Devicescape will be showing: Table 1 in the front room from 6 – 7:30 Table 5 in the back room from 7:30 – 9pm* (unless otherwise booked) Tickets: $10/20 Online, $15/$25 Door » RSVP Now » Order Tickets Online

Devicescape to demo at SF Beta on May 31st

Posted on May 9, 2007

Devicescape has been slotted into the next SF Beta demo night at 111 Minna Gallery. We will be stationed at Table 1 in the front room starting at 6:30 pm. Come out and see the latest updates to the Devicescape solution, sample some of the devices we are currently working on and talk to our development engineers who are working on developing a full platform for other developers and creatives to build their Mobile 2.0 applications on. The place is fun, festive and seriously “bleeding edge” – both the companies that showcase there as well as the attendees. Details: SF Beta May May 31, 5:30-9:30 PM @111 Minna Gallery Gourmet catering, music throughout the night, a dozen startup demos, and great people all night long. Tickets: $10/20 Online, $15/$25 Door » RSVP Now » Order Tickets Online

Getting out the Vote

Posted on April 24, 2007

Our good friends at Tropos Networks have selected the top 12 pictures in their “Coolest use of CityWide Wi-Fi Photo Contest!”. We’ve been running a link to this contest on our front page of Devicescape – so couldn’t ourselves submit photos – but they’ve got some great ones showing people connecting in some surprising places. Check out the photos and put in your vote. The lucky winner gets a brand new 17″ Apple MacBook Pro laptop. Runners up get the Sony Mylo. Check out how and where people are using wi-fi these days and cast your vote!

Web 2.0 Expo: Mobile 2.0: The Progeny Awakes

Posted on April 18, 2007

Just a quick reminder that we’ll be presenting in the Web 2.0 Open beta room this afternoon at 4pm. We’re going to be talking about the ways that Devicescape is currently helping enable Mobile 2.0, as well as some thoughts for what we can enable in the future through web APIs for our service, and even APIs that let web applications communicate with devices.