Innovative Urban Technologies Showcased During Meeting of the Minds 2012
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Meeting of the Minds 2012 in San Francisco provided, for the first time, a showcase for Qualcomm and Cisco to collaborate on a new kind of digital public space. Both companies used the Leidesdorff Alley at the conference venue as a showcase for innovative urban technologies and demonstrations. Cisco’s next generation wi-fi was installed in the surrounding buildings to allow pedestrians in the alley to access the fastest wi-fi available on their smart phones. Qualcomm’s demo allowed users to swipe their hand across their smart phone to control their applications. Users were also able to share content from device to device, among other fun applications.
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