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February 21, 2013

Bright Idea: Making the Connection

BY: SARAH HARDY| FROM THE PRINT EDITION | FEBRUARY 2013 In situations where connecting to the internet can be difficult or costly, it […]


kymeta produces portable satellite hotspot

In situations where connecting to the internet can be difficult or costly, it becomes obvious how far our connected world still has to go. About two years ago, researchers at Intellectual Ventures (IV), Nathan Myhrvold’s patent-hoarding collective, began looking at ways to enable faster and cheaper broadband internet service for fixed and mobile users.

Redmond-based Kymeta Corporation, spun off last year from IV, believes the answer lies in metamaterials—artificial materials with properties not found in nature. Researchers learned that metamaterials let them manipulate light and radio waves. By employing matrices of metamaterial cells, signals can be pointed and steered instantly and reliably toward a satellite. This eliminates the need for a moving, mechanically steered antenna that uses large amounts of power while maintaining a poor signal in a mobile environment. Metamaterials allow broadband satellite terminals to become smaller with highly efficient, nearly invisible antennas. The devices are also much less expensive because of their reduced size and reduced reliance on electricity.

The first product Kymeta plans to put on the market is the Portable Satellite Hotspot, a portable, laptop-size terminal that enables mobile broadband access to users anywhere in the world. People using the terminals would be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network via the terminal’s built-in Wi-Fi router.

“The market for types of Portable Satellite Hotspots are in the hundreds of thousands,” says Kymeta President and CEO Vern Fotheringham. “As we get the price point of hardware down, the market is in the millions.” The market for Portable Satellite Hotspots includes everyone from defense agencies to the average consumer who desires greater connectivity.

Kymeta hopes to see its hotspots on the market by 2014. The biggest challenge, says Foterhingham, is accelerating research and development in order to meet demand from potential customers.

Read more at Seattle Business

About Kymeta

The world’s demand for ubiquitous mobile connectivity is irrefutable. A global, mobile network is the answer to connecting people and places that have never been connected before.

Kymeta is making seamless, always-connected mobile communications possible with a unique hybrid approach that enables satellite and cellular networks to deliver a single, global, mobile network. End-to-end mobile communications are delivered with Kymeta K?LO™ connectivity services, and the world’s first and only electronically-steered, flat-panel satellite terminal that goes places traditional satellite dishes cannot. Backed by U.S. and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta KyWay™ terminal makes high-throughput, mobile communications possible in cars, trains, buses, trucks, boats, and much more.

If it moves, Kymeta keeps it connected.

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