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If there is one thing to complain about WiFi, it has to be how it greatly sucks battery life on mobile devices as they keep on polling a single access point for data. In other words, battery drainage is greater while downloading a movie in New York compared to downloading the same movie in a rural town in the Midwest.

A new software is introduced, which aims to put the device into sleep mode while waiting its turn, thus allowing devices to upload and download everything at once before handing it off to the next device. The software, called SleepWell, is designed by Duke University grad student Justin Manweiler and his advisor, assistant professor Romit Roy Choudhury.

Manweiler describes the SleepWell system by analogy, with the WiFi access point as the big city that suffers from heavy rush hours as workers come and leave their offices at similar times, which is similar to mobile devices trying to access the Internet at the same time. “If work schedules were more flexible, different companies could stagger their office hours to reduce the rush,” he elaborated.

The SleepWell technology was first introduced at MobiSys 2011 last week and reportedly works well on “a number of device types and situations.” It currently works from the access point side (rather than individual devices) and is in its early stages, but giant mobile manufacturers–including Nokia, Microsoft, and Verizon–have already expressed their interest in implementing it.

Source: Duke University, via Engadget

 
 

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