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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 www.skinplex.net. 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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In [14], it is shown that IPv6 over Low-power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs) is suitable for wireless body sensor networks because the sensors are based on IEEE 802.15.4 standard.
The location of users or their devices in personal area networks can be determined by LIS measuring the location of their mobile devices in an indoor environment.
personal area networks (WPANs), IEEE Standard 802.15.4.
[7.] IEEE Std.802.15.4, "Part 15.4: Wireless medium access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) specifications for low-rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPANs)", 2006, 42-48, [c]2006 IEEE.
* Tactical Version 4.0 ($229.99): With 40 pockets and compartments, a Personal Area Network that will connect multiple devices to a hidden conduit system, solar panel compatibility, magnetic closures, side seam zippers, and more, the Tactical 4.0 jacket is a techie's dream.
"The WiMedia Alliance combining forces with the Bluetooth SIG is an exciting development that will help define Bluetooth technology as a key personal area network technology for today and the future."
The SCOTTEVEST (SeV) enables Blackberry, iPod and Bluetooth into its razor thin patented personal area network. Pockets everywhere network anything you carry, from ultra-cool wireless to no-tech basics, out of sight-protected and concealed by everyday fashion.
But what makes the jacket perfect for those who like to carry an array of electronic devices is what the manufacturer calls a "personal area network" (PAN) inside lining.
PAN: Personal Area Network. By using transmitters and receivers, this type of network allows for the transfer of data when two devices, or individuals, are extremely close to one another.
CompXs' Blencathra platform is the first system to meet the certification requirements for IEEE 802.15.4, an emerging standard for Wireless Personal Area Network (PAN) applications.
The product was designed to enable users to connect between other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as computers, cellular phones, PDAs, printers and other emerging personal connectivity tools, Reliable Bluetooth devices are playing a role in the growing personal area network (PAN) market, as people need to communicate faster than ever, Features of the FBT100 include compliancy with Bluetooth 1.10 and Plug-n-Play USB 1.1, up to 723 Kbps transfer rate, high-visibility blue status LED and support for the Mac OS X v10.2 (including iSync) and Microsoft Windows 985E/Me/2000/XP.

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