[AI] Soon, social networking without Internet access

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 21 02:53:07 EDT 2008

Soon, social networking without Internet access


Washington: You may soon be able to chat with your
Facebook and Orkut friends even without an Internet
connection, for scientists have developed an
that may make it possible to network, chat, or share
files without Internet access.

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology have come up with an application that may
make it possible to chat and even play collaborative
games with friends who also have installed the

There are two components to the application, dubbed
“Peersonalizer”: a Facebook application and a module
inside the free, downloadable WiPeer software.
WiPeer makes direct wireless (WiFi) communication
between computers possible – without intermediary
devices such as Internet routers – at distances of
up to 900 ft.

Peersonalizer uses technology that can also be applied
to other social networking sites such as Orkut,
MySpace, Friendster and LinkedIn. 

Lead researcher Professor Roy Friedman said that the
technology could also be eventually used with
WiFi-enabled mobile phones, such as the iPhone. 

“This application takes social networking to another
level,” said Friedman. 

“Peersonalizer demonstrates that Internet-based social
networks can serve as complementary mechanisms –
rather than replacements – to social and business
life,” he added. 

The application has been developed by two Technion
Faculty of Computer Science students, Lior Biran and
Tomer Einav, under the supervision of Friedman
and PhD students Vadim Drabkin and Gabi Kliot.  

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