personal area network

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personal area network

Transmitting data wireless over a short distance. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct are examples of personal area networks (PANs). See Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.

The Most Personal of Networks
In the mid-1990s, IBM's Almaden Research Center developed a method that let people transfer information by touch. It worked by sending a billionth of an amp (nanoamp) through the body, which is actually considerably less current than is generated by people combing their hair.

In 2007, Ident Technology AG was founded to market SKINPLEX in the U.S. Developed in Germany, SKINPLEX uses human skin as the transmission medium. For more information, visit See also processor area network and BBN.

Touch and Transfer
Reminiscent of the movie E.T., this photo depicts the transfer of business card information by touching fingers. (Image courtesy of IBM Almaden Research Center.)
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TechNavios Global Wireless Personal Area Network Market 2010-2014 report has been prepared based on an in-depth study of the market along with inputs from industry experts.
15[TM] wireless personal area network (WPAN) standards.
In other words, one designated device, or "the coordinator," manages the operation of the personal area network by designating when devices are allowed to transmit data.

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