Satellite Radio May be Coming to PDAs

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Satellite radio seems poised to overtake traditional terrestrial radio in the coming years. XM and Sirius have made their way into our cars, computers and now even portable satellite radio players. But one company wants to take it to the next level making satellite radio available on PDAs, mobile phones and MP3 players.

Calypso Wireless has developed a technology called ASNAP (Automatic Switching of Network Access Points) that will reinforce the Achilles heel of satellite radio, reception indoors. Calypso will enable devices to use satellite radio signals when they can, switching dynamically to a WiFi network when inside.

“Our patent is filed and we anticipate receiving confirmation of that patent in the near future. This new satellite radio technology goes hand in hand with our existing ASNAP(TM) technology. By expanding the capabilities of our patented switching technologies, we are taking giant steps toward ensuring that Calypso becomes known as the ‘go to’ company for service providers and device manufacturers that want to integrate seamless switching capabilities into their offerings and open up huge new revenue streams,” says George Schilling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calypso Wireless, Inc.

Calypso wants to push hard to bring their technology to mobile devices, like PDAs, mobile phones and MP3 players. While it sounds great on paper, it will be interesting to see if they can pull this off. While not as mission critical as the handoff for a voice call from mobile carrier to WiFi; the same problems exist. It will be interesting to see if Calypso is able to bridge the gap to make this transfer a reality.

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