• By using advanced technology, similar to the holograms found in all our favourite Sci-Fi classics, scientists have found a way to visualise Wi-Fi signals to see how far they stretch! One of the universal questions asked when any new type of wireless technology is being installed is: “How far is its reach?” But not we’ll actually be able to see that for ourselves!

    At the Technical University of Munich, scientists have developed a method of generating a three-dimensional image of the surrounding area using the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter.
    There are a handful of key items required to do this, but ultimately, they can create holograms out of thin air.

    Although this could prove to be a fantastic solution for more simple problems like finding the perfect spot to install a new router, this is just a foot in the door. Considering Wi-Fi signals are able to penetrate walls, scientists are already looking into the possibilities of using it in emergency situations, using it to locate and recover victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building.

    Here at Gemini, we think this is a huge and fantastic leap in the world of technology, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it either! Until then, we’ll be perfecting our installation and use of Wireless Networks. You can find more on our Wireless Networks here or if you want to find out what we can do for your business, you can contact us here.

  • It will certainly be a blast from the past when the beloved Nokia 3310 is once again on our shelves.

    Although the release date and retailers (apart from Carphone Warehouse) are still yet to be confirmed, we’re looking forward to reliving memories of the phone which was first released in September 2000.

    Here at Gemini, we’re tech geeks at heart (and we’re not afraid to admit it!) We pride ourselves on embracing all things tech, and keeping up-to-date with all the latest news and developments in the wonderful world of technology. This means our customers and clients know exactly what they’re getting when they come through our doors, thanks to our expertise and knowledge, and of course the trust we’ve built over the years.

    It’s certainly going to be interesting when the orders are officially open for the Nokia 3310. We can’t help but wonder whether this will ignite a trend for tech going back to basics. The new model is going to be less than £50, it will have Snake (of course!) and those nostalgic ringtones we all grew to know and love. The Nokia is undoubtedly an iconic phone, but as it’s around 17 years old, how will it be received in modern society?

    Despite the fact that it has been updated with a colour screen, micro-USB charging port, headphone jack, microSD storage and Bluetooth, it’s still going to be unmistakably retro with no WiFi, no GPS and no app store.

    Initially, we’re sure demand will be huge. In fact, Carphone Warehouse have come out and said that demand for the phone is ‘astonishing’. Carphone Warehouse is the only company to have opened pre-registrations for the handset, and they’ve said they’ve seen an “unprecedented level of demand for a feature phone” a week after it was unveiled.

    But once the initial hype has died down, will the Nokia 3310 simply join its predecessor and become forever confined to the ‘junk drawer’ in homes across the UK? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, we’re always up for a nostalgic game of Snake.

  • We’re proud to share that our very own Operations Manager: Toby has done his part in helping to connect Stoneraise Primary School to the world of superfast broadband with the aid of BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships.

    Operations Manager of Gemini and School Governor, Toby Clements said, “An ever-increasing amount of learning is now being done online but this school has always been frustrated by slow connectivity because we're a long way from the local exchange and we've not been part of any fibre rollout plans. We did a survey asking teachers and pupils 'what one thing would improve our school?' Nine out of ten responded with 'faster broadband' – mainly because of the increasing importance of online learning. We tried all sorts of different solutions. For example, we explored getting a leased line put in but it wasn't economically sustainable.”

    After many attempts at trying to find a solution to the slow internet speeds, Toby got in touch with BT to evaluate the possibilities. The option of installing fibre and connecting the school to a different exchange was discussed and a solution was drawn up…

    The plans have now been put in place for the school to be connected thanks to the help of Toby and the Community Fibre Partnerships, so Stoneraise Primary can look forward to receiving download speeds of up to 330Mbps! Better yet - they are eligible for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 from BT.

    We understand the pressure on schools to integrate technology into the curriculum. For more information on what we can offer your school, whether you need expert advice or a full support package, click here.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) received a huge amount of attention last year as we watched the new tech emerge as the latest form of entertainment straight out of a sci-fi film. It’s safe to say that there is a real future ahead for this technology and its practical application to the office space…

    The potential for VR is incredible, with the its most promising application being telepresence. With the use of Virtual Reality, we can potentially see an end to the limitations of location, allowing us to host entire conferences virtually online, much like something you’d expect out of a Star Wars film.

    Another application of VR would be the introduction of a virtual space in the workplace, removing the limits of space and resources. Designers and engineers could use this space to test their own products and prototypes.

    Virtual Reality offers an entirely original look into communication and for it to be successfully adopted into the workplace, it is crucial for businesses to notice the real benefits it could have, reducing travel costs to allowing for the recruitment of employees around the world.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the latest office technology, you can join our mailing list here. Or if you want to find out how we can do to help boost your business now, contact us here.

  • A new app could be a groundbreaking development when it comes to pregnant commuters struggling to find a seat.

    Babee on Board was launched in the UK on Monday and consists of two companion apps communicating via Bluetooth. Once an alert is triggered, people nearby with the app receive a message saying there is someone who needs to sit down.

    The app containing the alert button costs £3.99, which will be donated to a children's charity. It works underground and doesn't require commuters to have signal on their phones. The partner app, which notifies passengers that somebody requires a seat, can be downloaded for free and will activate automatically if a seat request is sent.

    Mr Leith said: "We should be using our eyes, but if you look around you, everyone whips out their phone as soon as they sit down. When we did user testing quite a few women said that early on in pregnancy, when they are not showing, is when they feel most ill and need a seat the most. But visibly you can't see the bump and you can't always see the badge because the trains get so busy."

    Analyst Marina Koytcheva from CCS Insight said the firm had recognised a business opportunity. She said: "Travelling on public transport at rush hour is an arduous task at the best of times. When you are pregnant it is even more challenging. It is amazing what technology can do today, but it is also hard to tell how many pregnant women will be willing to pay for the convenience of finding a seat."

    The app is currently being trialled in London, with a view to expanding across the country.


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